Samaje Perine, Oklahoma’s solid-rock running back, dropped weight during the summer, according to coach Bob Stoops.

That weight was replaced by more speed and strength, which can only delight OU fans and give headaches to opposing defenses.

“He’s really trimmed up a bit,” Stoops said this week. “He probably lost five pounds, but he’s faster and still has the same strength and maybe more strength with another year in the weight room. So I believe he’ll just continue to improve.”

Perine has been a beast in the weight room since arriving on campus, as evident by a summertime tweet sent out from the OU Football account.

What is Perine’s latest feat? Let’s let quarterback Trevor Knight take it from here.

“He was out for a practice or two with a busted up ankle. He wasn’t practicing, so they take him into the weight room to do an arm workout. He comes back out and someone was telling us that was unreal. Samaje did 10 sets of 10 with 225 … I can’t do one set of 10 at 225.

“On the last set, he started pumping it out and, instead of looking at the bar and struggling, he just stared into the strength coach’s eyes and pumped out the last set. He’s just physically gifted.”

​Eric Bailey 918-581-8391

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Eric covers the University of Oklahoma football and men’s basketball teams. A Haskell Indian Nations University graduate, he has been a member of the Tulsa World sports staff for 12 years. Phone: 918-581-8391