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Rhett Bomar Biography

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After a troubling 2006 off-season that saw Bomar dismissed from the University of Oklahoma, the quarterback was hoping to play football at Sam Houston State. The NCAA ruled him ineligible, but granted him permission to return to the gridiron in 2007. In just two seasons with the Bearkats, he would go on to become the school’s all-time passer, amassing 5,564 yards in nineteen games.

In his one season at Oklahoma in 2005, Bomar’s 2,018 yards passing set a school season-record for freshman…That season, his eleven starting assignments matched Eric Moore (1995) for most starts in a season by a Sooner freshman quarterback…In just two seasons at Sam Houston State, Bomar set the school career-record with 5,564 yards passing, topping the old mark of 4,902 yards by Arthur Louis (1977-80)…His 417 pass completions topped the previous Bearkats all-time record of 333 by Dustin Long (2004)…Gained 6,157 yards in total offense at SHSU, surpassing the old school career-record of 4,269 yards by Reggie Lewis (1984-87)…His 49 total touchdowns (37 passing, 12 rushing) topped the old school all-time record of 42 by Arthur Louis and only Dustin Long (39) had more touch-down passes in a career at Sam Houston State…Bomar became just the third player in school history to throw for over 3,000 yards in a season (3,355 in 2008), joining Dustin Long (4,588 in 2004) and Josh McCown (3,481 in 2001)…His 27 touchdown passes in 2008 rank behind McCown (32 in 2001) and Long (39 in 2004) on the school season-record list…
Gained 509 yards in total offense vs. Southeastern Louisiana in 2008, topped only by Dustin Long’s 598 yards vs. McNeese State in 2004 on the school game-record chart…In 2007, Bomar became the first player in school history to throw for over 300 yards and rush for over 100 yards in the same game, accomplishing that feat vs. North Dakota State (358 passing/103 rushing).


All-Southland Conference second-team selection…Started ten games, as he ranked second in the nation in total offense (354.2 ypg) and fourth in passing yardage (335.5 ypg)…Connected on 245-of-436 passes (56.19%) for 3,355 yards, 27 touchdowns and thirteen interceptions…Scored five times on 81 carries for 187 yards (2.3 avg), as he participated in 517 total plays for 3,542 yards, accounting for 32 total touchdowns… Helped convert 57-of-151 third-down plays (37.75%), as 139 of his 245 pass completions produced first downs…Sacked 19 times for losses of 130 yards and had 44-of-436 pass attempts (10.09%) deflected by the opposition…Turned the ball over once on three fumbles…Led a unit that ranked fourth in the nation in passing offense (338.0 ypg) and fifth in total offense (457.3 ypg)…Had ten pass completions for at least 50 yards or longer, including an 80-yarder vs. McNeese State.


East Central Oklahoma…
Bomar opened the season with twelve first downs among his 14 completions of 22 passes, good for 198 yards and four touchdowns in a 58-14 victory… Catron Houston caught scoring strikes of 7 and 24 yards from Bomar, as the QB’s longest touchdown pass was caught by James Aston for 49 yards.

Kansas…Bomar must have felt he was back in the Big Twelve Conference facing one of his old rivals, but it was not a memorable reunion, as he was sacked twice for minus 11 yards and intercepted three times…Finished the day with 340 yards and a touchdown (46 yards to Justin Wells to end a 4-play, 79-yard third quarter series) on 26-of-46 attempts.

Gradner-Webb…The Bearkats quarterback connected on 22-of-29 chances (75.9%) for 340 yards and five touchdowns, adding 20 yards and a score on four carries in a 49-33 win…14 of Bomar’s completions were good for first downs…SHSU started the scoring in the opening quarter with a 19-yard pass from Bomar to Jason Madkins, but the Bulldogs (2-2) tied the score 7-7 on a 2-yard scoring run from Brandon Jackson with 9:57 remaining in the frame…Bomar connected with James Aston on touchdown passes of 10- and 23-yards to give the Bearkats a 21-10 lead in the first…He threw a 40-yard touchdown to Justin Wells, then Bomar added a 7-yard scoring pass to Madkins, helping the Bearkats to a 42-10 halftime lead…After Bomar opened the third quarter with a 2-yard scoring run that put the Bearkats up 49-10, Gardner-Webb would respond with 23-consecutive points to get back into the game…Bomar earned Southland Conference Player of the Week honors, as he became just the second player in school history (Dustin Long in 2004) to produced six touchdowns (five passing, one rushing) in a game.

Central Arkansas…Bomar delivered his third consecutive 300-yard passing performance, as he gained 361 yards with three touchdowns and one interception on 29-of-47 tries, as he also rushed 15 times for 64 yards and a score…He was also sacked four times for minus 26 yards in a tough 48-46 loss…Catron Houston snared a 31-yard scoring strike from Bomar to end a 7-play, 75-yard game-opening possession…He later connected with Houston again on a 9-yard touchdown toss.

McNeese State…It was another rough night for the senior quarterback, as he made just 18-of-39 throws for 237 yards and two touchdowns, but fumbled once, was picked off once and sacked three times…He unleashed an 80-yard touchdown bomb to Chris Lucas in the third frame and with 0:18 left in the game, found Trey Payne with a 14-yard score.

Northwestern State (La.)…Bomar had his fourth 300-yard showing in his last five games, as he generated 314 yards on 23-of-47 passes that included two touchdowns, but he was also picked off once and had six of his pass attempts deflected…He connected with Chris Lucas on a 47-yard scoring strike and with time expiring, he threw a 17-yard touchdown to Jake Lebens.

Stephen F. Austin…The Bearkats passer hit on 20-of-34 throws for 328 yards and three touchdowns in a 34-31 overtime decision, but was intercepted once and sacked twice for losses of 17 yards…On the team’s first series, he threw a 55-yard touchdown to Caltron Houston…Houston would later catch a 66-yard scoring bomb from Bomar in the second stanza and a 64-yard touchdown in the third frame.

Nicholls State…Bomar collected 394 yards with a pair of touchdowns on 25-of-48 throws, but was sacked three times, intercepted twice and had seven other attempts deflected… His 27-yard touchdown pass to Jason Madkins in the fourth quarter capped a 9-play, 86-yard possession.

Southeastern Louisiana…Bomar accounted for a career-high 506 yards on 36-of-69 passes that included two touchdowns and two interceptions, but also had twelve others throws batted down by the opposition and was sacked three times, turning the ball over once on a fumble…He opened the game with a 73-yard scoring strike to Caltron Houston and came back to Houston with a 76-yard touchdown bomb in the third quarter.

Texas State…The senior quarterback closed out his career by completing 33-of-55 throws for 387 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions in a 48-45 overtime loss…The game went into overtime when Jason Madkins caught a 27-yard scoring pass from Bomar with four seconds left in regulation…Sam Houston State had opened up a 14-0 lead on Bomar’s 25-yard scoring pass to Trey Payne in the first quarter.


All-Southland Conference honorable mention…Started the team’s first nine games, but sat out the last two contests after suffered a left knee anterior cruciate ligament tear just before halftime vs. Nicholls State…Still managed to rank eighth in the nation with an average of 354.20 yards per game in total offense…Completed 172-of-291 passes (59.11%) for 2,209 yards, ten touchdowns and just six interceptions…Was sacked only three times for the season, as he added 406 yards and seven touchdowns on 87 carries (4.7 avg)…Participated in 378 plays, gaining 2,615 yards in total offense.


Angelo State…
After more than a year away from the game, Bomar took his first snaps as a Bearkat, completing 16-of-24 throws for 204 yards, a touchdown and an interception, as he also ran for a score and 24 yards on eight carries…His first touchdown pass for SHSU was good for 64 yards to Justin Wells…He also bolted for an 8-yard score on a bootleg that capped a 13-play, 93-yard series before halftime.

Arkansas-Monticello…Bomar followed with 17-of-26 tosses for 257 yards and three touchdowns, as he also ran for a score in a 48-10 romp…He closed out an 80-yard, 6-play first quarter drive with a 12-yard scoring run…Darnell Jones caught a 56-yard touchdown from Bomar in the third quarter.

North Dakota State…Bomar became the first player in school history to run for over 100 yards and pass for over 300 yards in the same game, as he totaled 358 yards with four touchdowns and one interception on 36-of-61 passes and carried 17 times for 103 yards in a 41-38 loss…His longest touchdown strike was a 55-yarder to Justin Wells in the fourth quarter.

Oklahoma StateFacing a Big Twelve Conference foe for the first time since 2005, Bomar collected 270 yards on 22-of-49 attempts, but was sacked twice and intercepted once in a 39-3 loss.

Central Arkansas…The quarterback gained 241 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions on 22-of-38 throws…In the third quarter, he capped a 68-yard, 7-play drive with a 17-yard scoring strike to Trey Payne.

McNeese StateBomar delivered on 22-of-35 passes for 277 yards and rushed 12 times for 39 yards…His only touchdown pass was caught by Chris Poullard for 20 yards.

Northwestern State (La.)…The Bearkats passer gained 192 yards on 12-of-22 attempts, but it was his feet that helped Sam Houston State break a four-game losing streak, as he ran for three touchdowns and 83 yards on nine carries…Late in the second quarter, he broke free for a 59-yard scoring scamper…In the third frame, Bomar capped a 9-play, 80-yard possession with a 17-yard touchdown jaunt…He found Trey Payne with a 17-yard touch-down pass on the next series, followed by a 12-yard touchdown run.

Stephen F. Austin…Bomar hit on 15-of-20 tosses (75.0%) for 251 yards and carried ten times for 67 yards, including two scores…In the second quarter, he ran for a pair of 10-yard touchdowns, including one that concluded an 8-play, 98-yard possession.

Nicholls State…Bomar’s season would come to an end two minutes prior to halftime due to a left knee injury, but before he left, he connected on 10-of-16 throws for 159 yards and ran six times for 26 yards…He injured the knee on a draw play with less than two minutes to play until halftime. Bomar kept the ball and ran toward the left sideline, where he was hit after a three-yard gain.


Transferred to Sam Houston State, but the NCAA ruled he was ineligible to play.


Freshman All-American third-team selection by The Sporting News…All-Big Twelve Conference honorable mention…Earned Holiday Bowl MVP honors…Took over the starting job in the second game at Oklahoma, going on to start the final eleven games… That total matched Eric Moore (1995) for most starts by a freshman quarterback in Sooners history…Wore jersey #7, as he threw for a school season-record (for freshmen) 2,018 yards on 167-of-308 attempts (54.22%) that included ten touchdowns and ten interceptions…Carried 89 times for 184 yards (2.1 avg) and four scores…Gained 2,202 yards in total offense on 397 plays (183.5 ypg).


Bomar’s first start saw him hit on 5-of-13 passes for 42 yards and two interceptions vs. Tulsa…Gained 241 yards on 20-of-29 tosses and rushed 15 times for 28 yards and a score vs. UCLA…Generated 139 yards with a touchdown on 12-of-22 attempts and added another score along with 67 yards on eight rushes vs. Kansas State…Threw for 206 yards and a score on 16-of-31 tries vs. Kansas…Was sacked four times and intercepted twice, but completed 24-of-42 throws for 269 yards and a touchdown, adding another score on the ground vs. Baylor…Connected on 20-of-28 chances for 298 yards and a touchdown, as he carried seven times for 28 yards and a score vs. Texas A&M…Gained 206 yards with a season-high three touchdowns on 13-of-21 passes vs. Oklahoma State.


Red-shirted as a freshman at Oklahoma.


2006-On May 31st, Bomar pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of being a minor in possession of alcohol. Bomar was sentenced to six months of probation and will be required to pay court costs and an administrative fee. “We do that routinely with young people, especially 20-year-olds who are caught drinking beer before they are 21,” Assistant Municipal Counselor Laura Yates said after a hearing in Oklahoma City Municipal Court (note-reports indicate Bomar was allegedly charged with for the same issue in 2005, but full details of that incident was not available at press time).
On August 2nd, Bomar was dismissed from the Oklahoma football team after an investigation revealed he broke NCAA rules through his employment at a local business, according to a television report. Bomar was one of the two players who were permanently dismissed.

On August 28th, Bomar transferred to Sam Houston State. He was kicked off Oklahoma’s football team by coach Bob Stoops after a school investigation revealed that Bomar violated NCAA rules by receiving “extra compensation related to employment at a private business.”

On September 28th, Bomar continued to await word from the NCAA on his eligibility. Bomar, who was declared ineligible by OU after accepting pay for work he did not perform at a Norman car dealership, transferred to Sam Houston State and is practicing with the team. But Sam Houston State coach Todd Whitten said Tuesday he wasn’t sure when Bomar’s appeal for reinstatement would be heard. “I just don’t have any idea, really,” Whitten said on a conference call with reporters. “This is something I’ve never been through. Just like I told Rhett, we’re just going to take it one day at a time, one week at a time. We have great faith in the NCAA and the decisions they make. They are going to do what’s right for everybody. “I haven’t a clue. I assume they’ll let us know when it’s right.” Sam Houston State plays at Texas on Saturday. Because he is ineligible, Bomar isn’t allowed to travel with the team. When the NCAA reinstates his eligibility, Bomar would be immediately eligible at the Division I-AA school.

On November 2nd, the NCAA ruled Bomar would not be eligible to play in 2006, but would be eligible in 2007 to play at Sam Houston State. The ruling, ending the uncertainty for Bomar and the Bearkats, was seen as a positive by all sides. “In everything, if you look hard enough, you can find a blessing,” Bearkats coach Todd Whitten told the Houston Chronicle. “He’s had a semester to get settled, to transition from the tragedy at Oklahoma, to find a new home (and) make new friends. We’ve been able to get to know Rhett and learn more about him and help him through this transition. And in the midst of all this, he’s been able to get some reps and be a part of the team, and that’s going to make spring training that much easier. “Even though he didn’t get to play this year, all is not lost. There were some real positives, and things happen for a reason. When Rhett was at Oklahoma, he certainly made a mistake, and he’s had to pay for that. And we can all feel good now that he’s done that, and we’re going to move forward.”

2007-On July 11th, the Oklahoma football program was ordered by the NCAA to forfeit its wins from the 2005 season and will lose two scholarships for the 2008-09 and 2009-10 school years. The penalties stem from a case involving two players, including Bomar, who were kicked off the team for being paid for work they had not performed at a Norman car dealership.


Attended Grand Prairie (Tex.) High School, playing for head coach Jerry Bomar, Rhett’s father…Lettered three times in football, setting school records for career pass yardage and completions…Earned first-team All-State, All-Area and District MVP honors as a junior, adding All-Area and All-District recognition as a sophomore…A broken hand cut short his senior campaign, as he played in just seven games after participating in ten contests in each of his first two seasons…Named an All-American Scholar-Athlete at the U.S. Army High School All-American Game…Selected the Outstanding Quarterback at the EA Sports Elite 11 Quarterback Camp…Threw for 6,097 yards and 58 touchdowns, completing 62.1% of his pass attempts, as he also rushed for 1,623 yards with 33 scores and averaged 286.0 yards per game in total offense while appearing in 27 contests…

Despite his hand injury, he accounted for 27 touchdowns his senior year, as he passed for 1,400 yards and 15 scores while being intercepted six times…Scored 12 touchdowns on the ground and totaled 542 rushing yards on 80 attempts while completing 90-of-147 passes (61.2%)…The three-time Academic All-District pick racked up 2,860 yards and 25 touchdowns through the air, connecting on 163-of-265 throws with 11 interceptions as a junior…Rushed for 717 yards on 119 carries and 11 touchdowns that season…As a sophomore, Bomar threw for 1,837 yards and 18 touchdowns while also gaining 364 yards and 10 scores on the ground…An accomplished baseball player, he earned All-Area and All-District recognition as a junior…Graduated fifth in a class of 575 students.


Kinesiology major…Son of Patty and Jerry Bomar…Born 7/02/85…Resides in Grand Prairie, Texas.

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