Breaking down OU’s 3 backup QBs for Red River vs. Texas football

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General Booty

The quarterback for the Sooners with the best name on this list is the former Tyler Junior College transfer and Allen High School product General Booty.

All three of the quarterbacks on this list are new additions for Venables, Lebby, and the Sooners during the offseason. Booty was the lone JUCO quarterback signee in Oklahoma’s 2022 recruiting class. He was an unranked JUCO recruit that signed with Oklahoma after getting just a handful of Division I offers.

Moreover, Booty did have a couple FBS offers coming out of Allen High School during the 2021 recruiting cycle, but the COVID-19 pandemic wound up limiting the attention he could get on the trail.

The lack of national attention got Booty to Tyler JC for the 2021 season, where he put up some impressive numbers. He led the NJCAA with 3,410 yards, and was fourth in touchdowns with 27, along with 11 picks. Booty put up some great numbers at the JUCO ranks last season.

At one point last fall, Sark was interested in Booty to likely be a backup quarterback in place for the Longhorns in the 2022 class. But he ultimately wound up signing with Oklahoma back in the spring of this year.

From what we can see on film, the 6-foot-3 and 195-pound Booty is a decent runner that can throw a pretty accurate ball. Booty is able to get the ball out fast with a pretty accurate ball. But his throws, especially to the intermediate and deep parts of the field, can be lacking velocity compared to other Oklahoma quarterbacks such as Gabriel and Evers.

One thing that really stands out about Booty’s skill set on film is his ability to make off-schedule plays. He’s good at throwing on the run, which helps him when he’s able to pressure coming in his face. Booty also shows his anticipation when the pocket is collapsing as he quickly moves to the outside and is able to accurately get a ball out even when throwing on the run.

That can make life difficult on opposing defenses when a quarterback like Booty is able to make off-schedule plays by either scrambling for first downs or hitting those tough throws on the run.

Booty looks to have a good feel for the game, which translates on film when you see him make some of those well-timed fades in the end zone and is able to see the field to find the gaps when running the option.

The running ability that Booty brings to the table also makes him a threat in the RPO game. While Booty might not be the fastest or most powerful runner, he’s pretty quick in tight spaces and is willing to make the effort to fight for those tough extra yards in short-yardage situations.

For some of the reasons I’ve mentioned already, Booty could be a nice fit in this Lebby scheme. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw Booty getting the start over Beville against the Longhorns this weekend given the feel for the game he looks to have on film at the high school and JUCO levels.