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Oklahoma football: 2014 Sooner running backs are the least-experienced of the Bob Stoops era

by Jason Kersey Published: August 17, 2014

After Griffin’s senior year, the Sooners returned veterans Kejuan Jones and Renaldo Works in 2003.

The likes of Peterson, Allen Patrick, Chris Brown and DeMarco Murray meant Oklahoma didn’t come into any season without solid experience in its backfield for the next several years.

Even in 2011, when walk-on Dominique Whaley earned the starting job after a few games, the Sooners brought sophomores Brennan Clay and Roy Finch, both of whom played as freshmen in 2010.

Finch was even a preseason All-Big 12 selection in 2011.

Ford calls himself “the old guy” in Oklahoma’s running back room, amazing considering he’s 20-years old with 23 career carries to his name.

“I learned from the group before,” Ford said. “They really brought me in and taught me the playbook and everything like that. I thought it was my job to do the same.

“It’s hard. Talking to them and walking through it with them really makes it easier for them and allows them to learn it faster. Being the old guy means you have to take some responsibility for the younger guys and make sure they’re learning the material.”

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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