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Oklahoma 69, FAMU 13: Postgame thoughts on the Sooners’ offensive performance

by Jason Kersey Modified: March 29, 2013 at 5:05 pm •  Published: September 9, 2012
OU's Damien Williams rushed for three red-zone touchdowns Saturday against Florida A&M. PHOTO BY BRYAN TERRY, THE OKLAHOMAN
OU's Damien Williams rushed for three red-zone touchdowns Saturday against Florida A&M. PHOTO BY BRYAN TERRY, THE OKLAHOMAN
NORMAN — Here are some quick thoughts on Oklahoma’s offensive performance last night in the Sooners’ 69-13 win over Florida A&M. I’ll hit you with some defensive thoughts at 12:30 p.m. Tomorrow evening, I’ll have a more complete film study blog.

* One big problem that continues to hurt Landry Jones is that he’s still telegraphing many of his passes. Most of the stadium knows where he’s going with the ball before he throws it, and that’s going to be a problem once OU gets into Big 12 play.

* Kenny Stills continues to look incredible catching the ball. His one-handed grab in the first quarter — and the fact that he held onto it despite taking a crushing hit — was very impressive. He’s clearly Jones’ No. 1 target right now, as he should be.

* After Ryan Broyles went down last season, Jones sputtered without the receiver he’d come to rely too on much. Is it possible that he’s becoming overly-reliant on Stills this year?

* The ovation Sterling Shepard got from the crowd after making his first career reception was really cool. Shepard finished with 3 catches for 48 yards; I expect his role to continue to expand in this offense as the season goes.

* Damien Williams is showing the potential to be a great OU running back. He’s got size and strength to go with his breakaway speed, and through two games he looks like a star, and looks like he might be the Sooners’ starter before too long.

* Not that Dominique Whaley looked bad, necessarily. He still averaged over 6 yards per carry and made a few nice moves, but Williams has clearly been the better back through two games. Whaley fumbled early in the second quarter and didn’t see the field again until the third.

* The offensive line certainly looked better Saturday than it did last week at UTEP, but how much can you really judge progress against Florida A&M? That’s really no one’s fault; all the line can do is play its best against the opponent that’s in front of it.

* Trey Millard. I’m just saying; he finished with 2 carries and 30 yards. Those touches came on back-to-back 15-yard runs.

* Justin Brown is a terrific punt returner; again, tough to judge against FAMU, but still, those moves and his vision make him a threat the Sooners haven’t had in a while. His sideline awareness probably needs a little work, though.


by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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