You haven’t heard much about OU tailback Damien Williams. But expect to see No. 26 Saturday night at Sun Bowl Stadium, when the Sooners open the 2012 season against Texas-El Paso.
Bob Stoops said Monday that “Williams has really been impressive and will definitely get a bunch of snaps.”
Williams is listed as the co-backup tailback, along with Brennan Clay. Clay has been a good soldier but has not been productive in his two seasons. Williams, a junior-college transfer from Arizona Western, will get the chance to show what he can do.
OU’s three most proven tailbacks are Dom Whaley, Roy Finch and Trey Millard. Whaley will start but is coming off that broken ankle suffered last October against Kansas State. Finch is playing mostly slot receiver. Millard is a fullback, and you know how Stoops loves his fullbacks.
That leaves Williams and Clay. Williams was a first-team juco all-American last season, when he rushed for 1,931 yards and 26 touchdowns.
Stoops said Clay “has been a mainstay,” and he’s a solid player. But he’s just not productive. Clay’s longest career rush in 111 carries is 13 yards.
Plugging Williams does not mean Whaley won’t play the majority of snaps.
“Dom appears to be back to his normal self,” Stoops said. “Dom and the good Lord may be the only ones who know if he’s 100 percent or not, but he sure looks it to me … back to where Dom always was and that’s explosive, strong, fast.”