The Path to Norman
The 2018 class quarterback spot for OU went through a lot of transition before finding the right guy. Tanner was offered by the Sooners in May of 2017. His trainer, Kevin Murray, is the father of OU quarterback Kyler Murray. Additionally, the Mordecai family is close friends with the Henry family at OU; Dr. Henry teaches at the University, while her husband Kevin Henry works alongside Toby Rowland as a color analyst for the men’s basketball games. Needless to say, they had several people to talk to for opinions on Norman. Tanner decided quickly that OU was the right place.
Although Bob Stoops stepping down the next week came as a surprise to the Mordecai family, Tanner stayed solid to OU. TFB got to know his family better after his commitment, speaking with Tanner’s father Micah.
Career so Far
Mordecai saw action in the first two games of the season in 2018 and was one of the offensive scout team players of the year.
Year: Redshirt Freshman
Tanner Mordecai is an extremely talented quarterback. Last year, it looked like this would be his season to start. However, Jalen Hurts announcing a transfer to OU changed that assumption. TFB has repeatedly heard how good Mordecai, Hurts, and freshman Spencer Rattler are and that all three would be fantastic starters for the Sooners. However, Hurts is being set apart by his experience, maturity, and leadership. With all signs pointing towards Jalen taking the starting job, Mordecai will probably be the first quarterback behind him this season as a piece of OU’s elite quarterback room.