“If he can get the ball 20, 25 times he’s going to make Oklahoma better …”
Looks like Damien Williams’ JUCO coach from Arizona Western was right. Tom Minnick said that back in early September. He also said this: “He got the ball 45-50 times here in one game, so I know he can do it.”
Looks like Oklahoma coaches listened up. Bob Stoops said both during his bye week press conference and then twice during this week’s pre-Texas Tech press conference that the coaches talked and they want Damien Williams to get the ball more.
Then Oklahoman reporter Jason Kersey talked with Williams on Tuesday to see about his increase in carries, but it turns out none of the coaches had told him yet.
“I’m fine with 10 (carries),” Williams said. “I’m fine with just one, as long as I get to go out there and help my team get the ‘W.’”
The JUCO transfer leads Oklahoma with 293 rushing yards and five touchdowns so far, yet he only had 10 touches in the Sooners loss to Kansas State.
(Remember how Minnick also said the coaches at Arizona Western laugh at Williams’ only getting 10 touches. He said Oklahoma doesn’t know what it has yet in Williams.)
Well now, Josh Heupel has joined the ‘not telling’ game.
Heupel said this week that he would like to see Williams have more carries than 10, but he wouldn’t share any number or number range that he had in mind.
“We want him to have the ball in his hands more,” Heupel said. “He’s been too producitve … He’s a big piece of what we’re doing offensively and he’s good with the ball in his hands, or catching it out of the backfield too.”
So in case nobody’s gotten the No. 1 message from the Oklahoma Sooners offensive coaches (and head coach) this week, here it is again: look for Damien Williams to possibly get more than 10 touches — and maybe a few receptions too.