Sooners QB to do his homework before determining football future

Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford told an Oklahoma newspaper that he will consider all options before making a decision whether to declare for the NFL draft.

Bradford's announcement comes only a few days after he led the Sooners to the Big 12 championship and a berth in the Jan. 8 FedEx BCS National Championship Game in Miami against Florida.

Bradford said he and his father, Kent, a former Oklahoma offensive lineman in the 1970s, plan to consult with NFL coaches, general managers and scouts to glean as much information as possible before deciding whether to return to the Sooners next season.

"It's going to be a process," Bradford told the Oklahoman of Oklahoma City. "Even if I think I know what I want to do right now, there's kind of a need to get as much information as possible so that looking back on this decision years down the road, you don't regret anything because you didn't go after the information needed to make the right decision."

Bradford, a redshirt sophomore, has two years of eligibility remaining if he decides to return. He led the nation with 48 touchdowns passes and in passing efficiency while throwing for a school-record 4,464 yards for the 12-1 Sooners this season.

Underclassmen must declare for the NFL draft by Jan. 15.

Tim Griffin covers college football for ESPN.com. You may reach him at espntimgriff@yahoo.com.