Oklahoma football: Josh Heupel says Sooners 'fortunate' to have backfield options

Oklahoma returns four senior running backs — Damien Williams, Brennan Clay and Roy Finch, plus fullback Trey Millard — in 2013, giving the Sooners plenty of options in their running attack.
by Jason Kersey Published: August 4, 2013

Oklahoma returns four senior running backs — Damien Williams, Brennan Clay and Roy Finch, plus fullback Trey Millard — in 2013, giving the Sooners plenty of options in their running attack.

“I think we're fortunate,” said co-offensive coordinator Josh Heupel. “We have four guys that carry the ball, have taken good care of the ball for the most part, been highly efficient and effective and have had explosive plays.

“All those guys need touches because they've played effectively. They're experienced. They have played explosively, create big plays for us. Is there a guy that may end up carrying it 20-25 times a game? Might be. It's how those guys separate themselves during fall camp and throughout the season.”

Williams was Oklahoma's leading rusher in 2012, with Clay adding significant production late in the season. Finch rushed for 605 yards and three touchdowns in 2011, but barely saw any offensive action last year.

Millard has shown big-play ability, but the fan favorite has been used mostly as a blocker throughout his career.

“The one thing I'd say, every year that has gone on here, and this goes back to when Adrian Peterson was here, guys get injured,” Heupel said. “You need everybody. We need 105 guys here in fall camp. All four of those guys are going to have their opportunities.”

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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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