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Breaking down OU's running back candidates

BY MIKE BALDWIN Published: August 12, 2011

Breakdown of OU's running back candidates with a comment from coach Bob Stoops or running backs coach Cale Gundy.

Roy Finch: Will line up frequently in the slot. Durability is the biggest issue for the 170-pound sophomore, who was sidelined for the first five games last season and the bowl game. He was second on the team in rushing attempts (85) and rushing yards (398).

Gundy: "He's really good in space. That's why we're trying to use him in different situations and get him balls out on the edge. He's not that guy between the tackles."

Brennan Clay: The best receiver of the group. He's also solid in pass protection. Clay was sidelined a month with a concussion but showed potential, rushing for 127 yards on 36 carries.

Stoops: “He is really consistent at everything, his quickness, catching the ball out of the backfield. He's been reliable.”

Brandon Williams: After leaving high school early, Williams didn't have a good spring game but played well in the spring. He has the entire package — size, speed and elusiveness. He rushed for 2,438 yards and scored 33 touchdowns his senior year at Brookshire Royal (Texas).

Stoops: “He has speed, great power and strength and can run forever. He has a bunch of talent. He's going to be exciting to watch.”

Jonathan Miller: Redshirted last season following a major knee injury midway through his freshman year. In limited action, Miller averaged 7.2 yards on 18 carries two years ago.

Gundy: "He's a very strong guy. And he's been around here. He knows his responsibilities... This is kind of his chance to shine."

Dominique Whaley: The Lawton product rushed for a game-high 66 yards on 10 carries in the spring game. A walk-on junior, Whaley transferred from Langston.

Stoops: “He is very reliable, takes care of the ball and makes people miss. He does a good job of making plays.”


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