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September 12, 2012

D-Williams still the backup in Norman

NORMAN — Oklahoma’s Damien Williams is the 12th leading rusher in the nation with 267 yards through two games.

Of the 11 backs in front of him, every single one has at least twice Williams’ 19 carries. Clemson’s Andre Ellington has 38, everybody else has more. Also, of those first 11, only one is averaging at least 10 yards per carry.

That’s UCLA’s Jonathan Franklin, who leads everybody with 431 yards while averaging 10.5 a pop, 3.2 less than Williams’ 13.7 a pop.

So, shock of all shocks, the question was asked to Sooner co-offensive coordinator Josh Heupel — the play-caller of the two-headed coordinator grouping along with Jay Norvel — if Williams might become the starter in front of Dom Whaley, who has carried 21 times for 117 yards.

See if you can find an answer in Heupel’s answer.

“At the end of the day, this question comes up every year: Who’s going to be the lead horse at the running back position?” Heupel said. “Ultimately, we’re going to need all those guys to perform …

Nope, no answer yet, though it’s interesting how this question comes up ever year but only at the end of the day. Also, “lead horse” is a nice touch. It seems to indicate an understanding of the question.

“Dom’s coming off a serious injury and he’s going to continue to get better and better as he gets more and more touches. He didn’t go through any contact going through two-a-days with the injury. So he’s going to continue to get better. He’s going to continue to get work …

Oh, so Whaley will continue to start and continue to get most of the carries early in the game. Because that’s what it sounds like if he’s going to keep getting “more and more touches” which are apparently required for him to “get better and better.”

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