Stoops wants Williams to get more carries
BY GUERIN EMIG World Sports Writer
Monday, October 01, 2012
NORMAN – Bob Stoops has admitted to one change of offensive plans heading into Oklahoma's game at Texas Tech Saturday – more carries for running back Damien Williams.
"Just based on practice and what we've seen in games to this point," Stoops said today during his weekly press conference. "He's been really strong taking care of the football, but also making big plays and getting extra yards."
Williams has been the Sooners' big-play weapon through three games, with touchdown runs covering 89 and 65 yards. He has a team-high 296 yards on 30 carries, good for an NCAA-best 9.9-yard average.
Williams wasn't as dynamic in OU's 24-19 loss to Kansas State Sept. 22, with 34 yards on 10 attempts. But he also split time with starting tailback Dominique Whaley.
Whaley has carried 30 times for 168 yards, and has dropped the ball a couple times. Williams has not.
With Stooops' emphasis on ball protection coming out of OU's three-turnover struggle against K-State, that bodes as well for Williams as his knack for long runs.
In this Sept. 8 file photo, Oklahoma's Damien Williams (right) high-steps past Marvin Ross (left) into the end zone during a football game against Florida A&M in Norman,. MATT BARNARD/Tulsa World File