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OU football: Calling all tailbacks

by Berry Tramel Published: December 21, 2011

A hot idea floating the OU chat rooms is this: Javon Harris at tailback. Why not?

Harris is in the doghouse as a safety. The Sooners are getting woefully shy at tailback. Harris was a high school tailback good enough to keep Lawton MacArthur teammate Dominique Whaley out of the starting position. Why not give Harris a look, either in the spring or heck, in the next week leading up to the Insight Bowl.

With only two healthy tailbacks left, and Roy Finch and Brennan Clay being of the smaller variety, the Sooners are looking for a little beef. Trey Millard figures to get some tailback play against Iowa, but when Millard plays tailback, that means OU is deficient at fullback. Harris is a big, strong, physical player. I can see him as a short-yardage tailback.

I know this. Bob Stoops recognizes the need.

Before the press conference Monday, I was standing around talking with Stoops. Old pal Myron Patton of KREF radio and Fox-25 TV walked up. For whatever reason, I thought Myron had lost some weight and said so. Nope, Myron said. Same as always. “Just wearing bigger clothes,” Stoops cracked.

But Myron said he was still at his standard weight, 195 pounds. “Tailback weight,” Myron said.

Under his breath, Stoops said, “I’ll take you.”

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by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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