Rawls' road out of Oklahoma full of potholes

RUSTON, La. -- Brent Rawls, a quarterback who transferred
from Oklahoma, is academically ineligible to play for Louisiana Tech this fall.

"Right now he's not going to be a part of the team," coach
Jack Bicknell said from the Reno, Nev., airport where he was
returning from the Western Athletic Conference media days. "I wish
him the best of luck."

Rawls, 6-foot-5, 215-pounds, played at Shreveport's Evangel
Christian and was one of Oklahoma's prized signees.

After redshirting his freshman season, he competed with
Jason White for the Sooners' starting quarterback slot in the spring of
2003. But Rawls injured his thumb in a scrimmage and then fell out
of a pickup truck, which resulted in a concussion.

White became the starter and eventually won the Heisman Trophy,
while Rawls transferred to Louisiana Tech in September 2003.

Rawls was expected to compete against Matt Kubik, Donald Allen
and Zac Champion for the Bulldogs' starting job. But Rawls suffered
a broken bone in his throwing hand in an off-the-field incident
before spring workouts.

He underwent surgery and did not participate in spring drills.