NORMAN — Marshall Musil hugged his mom long and hard. Neither wanted to let go. Not the Oklahoma redshirt freshman who bulldozed his way to stardom in the Red-White Game on Saturday afternoon with nearly 100 yards rushing. Not the soggy but smiling woman who had raised her kids alone after cancer took her husband’s life before he ever got to see his only son play football. "I think she was almost in tears afterwards,” Musil said. On a rainy afternoon that matters little in the grand scheme of Sooner football — White beat the Red 23-0 if you really must know — there was no one for whom the spring game was more important than Musil and his family. It was special. It was meaningful. It was big. Football, after all, has always been part of their lives. That’s because Terry Musil was a high school football coach, and when you’re a high school football coach, everyone in the family is involved. His wife, Connie, was. Same went for his daughter, Meredith, and his son, Marshall. The four of them were tight as Terry moved from one small school in Kansas to another. When cancer killed him, Connie and the kids leaned on each other. "She was a single parent for 10 years,” Musil said, adding that his mom remarried a couple years ago. "She raised me and my sister as just a single parent ... and that takes a lot of sacrifice.” It also created an amazing bond. Last season when Musil was redshirting, his mom, his sister and his stepdad would make the nearly five-hour trip to Norman for games. "They came to those to watch me warm up,” Musil said, smiling. Once warm-ups were over, after all, he was relegated to the sidelines. If Saturday is any indication, he won’t be spending near as much time there next season. Musil gained 92 yards on 29 carries, running hard between the tackles and making the most of any seam. He even showed a good burst and a nifty move on a 45-yard, fourth-quarter run. "I was waiting for that one,” he said. "I was hoping it would be closer to the goal line because if it was going to be on the opposite 20, I knew somebody was going to catch me.” He chuckled. "Sure enough.” Musil was the workhorse on Saturday, but don’t expect him to become a feature back. DeMarco Murray is most likely to fill that role once the fall comes and the games count. Musil understands. "I’m a fullback,” he said, "but when they need me (at tailback), I’ll go in there.” Defensive tackle Jamarkus McFarland said, "He has the size to be a fullback, but he also has the agility and speed to be a running back, a power back.” Musil is somewhere between Matt Clapp and Toby Gerhart. He’s able to run better than Clapp, the Sooners’ starting fullback last season, but he’ll be used as a blocker more than Gerhart, the punishing tailback who starred last season for Stanford. That flexibility is the thing Bob Stoops likes about Musil most. "I just like guys who are versatile,” the Sooner coach said. Remember the way Stoops talked about Brody Eldridge these past few years? The way he gushed about the fullback turned tight end turned offensive lineman? The way he bragged about the small-town kid from Kansas? Musil is the new Eldridge, right down to the small-town Kansas roots. Who knows what kind of role Musil might play for the Sooners during these next few seasons? Frankly, he wasn’t thinking about that Saturday. No, he wanted to enjoy a day unlike any other in his life. Sooner quarterback Landry Jones even called Musil the X factor in Saturday’s scrimmage. "I don’t know about that,” Musil said, laughing. "I had one carry over, what, 7 yards?” He smiled as he thought about his day. "I think I made my mom proud.” No question about it. Not if you saw that hug.