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September 12, 2012

D-Williams still the backup in Norman

(Continued)

NORMAN — “Damien, certainly, the first couple of weeks, is playing as well as anyone we’ve had here at that position in a while. I’m sure his number of carries will continue to increase.”

Wait. Confused. If you’re sure his number of carries will “continue to increase,” how will that happen in a world in which Whaley is going to get “more and more” work?”

Really, what’s wrong with “yes,” “no” or “We’re a long way from finishing our game plan for Kansas State, but I’m sure when we do, it will address how we divide up the running duties, and after two weeks Damien has certainly earned every consideration.”

Or something like that.

What we can’t have is this kind of nonsensical gobbledygook.

We understand the OU has played two games against two teams that aren’t very good. We understand running Williams out there after Whaley’s gotten most of the early carries may be part of the reason he’s looked so good. We understand you’re loyal to Whaley, even if it took you guys so long to give the kid a scholarship.

But in case you haven’t heard, the No. 15 Wildcats are up next and, two weeks into the season, that team has looked better than your team. If Williams is your best back, period, then he needs to get most of the carries and start getting them earlier in the game.

It’s a good thing nobody asked about Roy Finch.

Oh, wait, they did.

What’s his role?

“We all know what type of talent Roy is. We know the type of explosiveness he brings to us offensively when you get the ball to him in space. We saw some of that the other night. Ultimately, we as a coaching staff, teammates, everybody, are asking all of our guys to buy in, be disciplined in everything you do, how you approach every single day, on and off the field, because it’s going to show up on game day at some point, too. And if Roy continues to handle himself in a good way and practice better, he’s going to continue to …”

Enough. Enough.

Can’t take it any more.

Really.

Just stop.

 

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