Surprises and Underachievers: The best and worst of Oklahoma against Florida A&M
One name. Damien Williams. Write it down and read up on him. He was the star of last week’s surprises and underachievers and he’s the star of this week too. Why? Because Dom Whaley is supposed to be healthy, yet somehow Williams is grabbing all the headlines, yardage and touchdown numbers.
Yes, my bold prediction said Whaley would grab all the numbers. Go bold or go home.
However, Williams 156-yard performance against the Rattlers was the most for a home debut in Oklahoma history. Who’s performance did Williams jump over? Oh, Dom Whaley’s 131 yards last year against Tulsa.
Williams finished the night with 10 carries for 156 yards and four touchdowns. That’s means he’s had five total touchdowns in two games…
- Justin Brown’s punt returns - This same thing made it on the underachievers list last week when Brown had only three punt returns for 30 yards. This week, Justin Brown had a 43-yard return and a 62-yard return (his career best). He almost had a punt return for a touchdown but he stepped on that silly white line that happens to border the field. He should really learn not to do that. Anyways, that punt return was the longest by a Sooner since Broyles’ 87-yarder against Oklahoma State in 2009 (that one was for a touchdown).So now Brown becomes the 12th player under Bob Stoops with 100+ punt return yards in a game. Now, who says the man needs to hire a special teams coach? And last history stat about JB’s punt returns – his 102 yards is tied at the 19th-most punt return yards in a game in Sooners history.
- Blake Bell’s arm - We know this kid can run. He’s known for the quarterback keeper, but his arm is another question. Bell went four of five for 61 yards, and his longest pass was 28 yards. So, if his run game is packaged as the Belldozer, what will Stoops package his passing game?
- Roy Finch saw the field and scored- Now, we really weren’t quite sure if this was ever going to happen again. Not because of Finch, but because of the way Stoops handled the question at last week’s media press conference. When the media asked Stoops why Roy Finch didn’t play, he asked if we wanted him to also tell us about the 90 other players who didn’t see the field.Well, No. 22 had five carries for 50 yards, and scored. That means he scored just as many touchdowns as Dominique Whaley, who Stoops made a clear point was the starter if we remembered. And Finch also didn’t have a flag thrown against him, but that’s for another part of this blog. Maybe Roy Finch just can’t stay off Twitter. He rejoined the social media site this week (after taking a break before the game against the Miners). Anyways, Sooners fans were happy tweeting away about their Finch sightings.
And now for the underachievers
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