NORMAN—Offensive lineman Daryl Williams delivered plenty of big hits to earn a spot in Oklahoma's 2010 recruiting class. But he might have saved the impact of his biggest hit for his own team.
Williams' high school, Lake Dallas in Corinth, Texas, began playing in the league of powerhouse Denton (Ryan) before his junior season.
"It's a big deal to play Denton Ryan for kids who grow up in this area," said Corinth coach Mike Young. "Our kids were kind of apprehensive."
On the game's second offensive possession, Corinth's quarterback scrambled toward the sideline, pursued by a Denton Ryan defensive tackle who likely weighed more than any player on Lake Dallas' roster.
The 6-5 Williams turned back and ran toward his scrambling quarterback, throwing every one of his 269 pounds into the defensive tackle, almost causing the goliath to do a complete flip.
"After that play, our crowd changed. The players changed. That was a huge hit for our program," Young said. "It changed how we looked at ourselves and how people saw us."
Lake Dallas won that game, and knocked off Denton Ryan again in Williams' senior season.
"Regardless of what he does this year, I think in the long run, he'll be a big time player for OU," Young said, adding that he felt Williams could eventually play in the NFL. "I know it's hard to make an impact early at a program like OU, but he'll come in and compete for some playing time."
After penalties and injuries marred the 2009 season for Oklahoma's offensive line, the Sooners might need him to do just that.