For the second week in a row, Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said junior running back Damien Williams needs to get more carries.
This time, though, Stoops volunteered the discussions he's had with his coaching staff about Williams when asked if any players will see increased playing time. Last week, he was asked directly about Williams.
“We've brought up that we want to get Damien more carries and more opportunities,” Stoops said.
“It's just based on practice and what we've seen in games to this point. He's been really strong taking care of the football, but also making big plays and getting extra yards.”
Through three games, Williams leads Oklahoma with 293 rushing yards and five touchdowns. He's scored on touchdown runs of 65 and 89 yards.
Even after Williams' success in OU's first two games, the junior-college transfer from Arizona Western received just 10 carries, gaining 36 yards, in the Sooners' loss to Kansas State on Sept. 22.
RED RIVER RIVALRY KICKOFF TIME ANNOUNCED
There will be plenty of time to eat corn dogs and all things fried for breakfast, late lunch and dinner this year.
Oklahoma will take on Texas in the annual Red River Rivalry with an 11 a.m. kickoff on Oct. 13. The game will be broadcast nationally on ABC.
This kickoff time is the same as 2011, when Oklahoma beat Texas, 55-17.
The 2012 matchup marks the 107th time Oklahoma and Texas will have played. The meeting is also the 91st time the game will be played in Dallas and the 84th game in a row.
Oklahoma plays its game this Saturday against Texas Tech in Lubbock, and Texas plays at home against West Virginia.
Stoops mentioned earlier this season how he didn't like an entire season of late-night kickoffs.
He raised the point that it caused an unfair advantage if Oklahoma had all late-night kickoffs while other teams had late morning or early afternoon kickoffs. With late-night kickoffs, players and coaches must hang around well after the game to talk with print and electronic media.
TIGHT ENDS IMPROVING
Stoops said the Sooners' play at tight end “hasn't been as strong as you want it to be,” but that it's not entirely unexpected given the position's inexperience.
Of the three rotating tight ends — junior Brannon Green, sophomore Geneo Grissom and true freshman Taylor McNamara — only Green has caught a pass this year. He had three catches for 45 yards, including an 18-yard touchdown, in the season opener at UTEP.
Oklahoma was left depleted at the position when Trent Ratterree and James Hanna both graduated after last season. Promising sophomore Austin Haywood quit the team and transferred to Central Arkansas, then quit there and joined Oklahoma Baptist's new program.
Grissom spent his first two years on campus as a defensive end before switching positions at the beginning of the summer.
“They're working hard, and hopefully they'll keep coming along to where we can keep using them more and more,” Stoops said of Green, Grissom and McNamara.
STOOPS LAMENTS ‘NIGHTMARE' WEST VIRGINIA-BAYLOR GAME
Stoops was bemoaning the fate of defensive coaches in college football, especially in the Big 12, where West Virginia outlasted Baylor, 70-63 on Saturday.
“It's a nightmare,” Stoops said.
Stoops said he's constantly asking the rules committee to check the obvious offensive advantages.
But concerning West Virginia's epic over Baylor, Stoops said: “What you have to appreciate, while everyone will have their debates, the precision of some of the quarterbacks and receivers, some of the things they're doing, it's pretty strong. Just gets harder and harder to defend.”