Rhett Bomar (QB)
After a troubling 2006 offseason 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 field 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 19 games.
Bomar's 6,157 yards in total offense and 417 pass completions also established SHSU marks. His 37 touchdown passes are just two shy of the school record of 39 by Dustin Long, and his 49 total touchdowns (including 12 rushing), set another Bearkats career record.
At Grand Prairie High School, Bomar lettered three times in football, setting school records for career pass yardage and completions. Playing for his father, Jerry, he 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 10 contests in each of his first two seasons.
Bomar was named an All-American Scholar-Athlete at the U.S. Army High School All-American Game. He was also selected the Outstanding Quarterback at the EA Sports Elite 11 Quarterback Camp. He threw for 6,097 yards and 58 touchdowns, completing 62.1 percent 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, Bomar accounted for 27 touchdowns his senior year, as he passed for 1,400 yards and 15 scores while being intercepted six times. He scored 12 touchdowns on the ground and totaled 542 rushing yards on 80 attempts while completing 90 of 147 passes (61.2 percent). 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. He also 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. Also an accomplished baseball player, he earned All-Area and All-District recognition as a junior.
Bomar enrolled at Oklahoma, where he spent the 2004 season redshirting on the scout team. The following season, Bomar was named Freshman All-American third-team by The Sporting News, Academic All-Big 12 Conference first-team and honorable mention All-Big 12, as he started 11 contests for the Sooners. The Holiday Bowl MVP hit on 167 of 308 passes (54.22 percent) for a school freshman single-season record 2,018 yards, 10 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He also scored four times while generating 184 yards on 89 carries (2.1 avg).
That season would be Bomar's last at Oklahoma. In late May, 2006, he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of being a minor in possession of alcohol. He was sentenced to six months of probation and was required to pay court costs and an administrative fee. That was just the beginning of a troubling offseason.
In August, Bomar was dismissed from the Sooners team after an investigation revealed he broke NCAA rules through his employment at a local car dealership (accepted payment for more work than he performed). He enrolled at Sam Houston State in September, 2006, but it was not until early November that the NCAA ruled him ineligible to play for the Bearkats that season. He was given clearance to return to college football in 2007, giving him two years of remaining eligibility.
In his first season at Sam Houston State, Bomar ranked eighth in the nation and second in the Southland Conference with an average of 290.56 yards per game in total offense. He started the team's first nine games, missing the end of the season after injuring his left knee before halftime vs. Nicholls State.
He finished his first season as a Bearkat by throwing for 2,209 yards, 10 touchdowns and six interceptions on 172 of 291 chances (59.11 percent). He gained 2,615 yards in total offense, as he added seven more scores and 406 yards on 87 rushing attempts (4.7 avg).
Bomar received All-Southland Conference second-team accolades in 2008. He ranked second in the nation in total offense (354.2 ypg) and fourth in passing yardage (335.5 ypg), as he completed 245 of 436 tosses (56.19 percent) that included 27 touchdowns against 13 interceptions. He also scored five times rushing in the ten games he appeared in.