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Oklahoma football: Could addition of Damien Williams supersede need for the Belldozer?

OU FOOTBALL — Oklahoma running back Damien Williams, and his ability to be the Sooners' physical presence in the red zone, could nullify the need for Blake Bell's Belldozer.
by Jason Kersey Published: September 17, 2012
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NORMAN — Last month during the preseason, Bob Stoops was asked if coaches were adding any new wrinkles to the short-yardage “Belldozer” package.

“Oh, absolutely,” Stoops said. “A bunch of them. ... We'll hold them; there's no sense in revealing anything too soon if you don't have to.”

If current trends continue into next week's Big 12 Conference opener against Kansas State and beyond, those wrinkles may remain secrets.

Through two games, Oklahoma has converted all 10 of its red zone opportunities into touchdowns, and not one of them has been on a Blake Bell run.

The addition of powerful running back Damien Williams, a junior-college transfer who scored three red zone touchdowns last week, raises the question: Are the Sooners less reliant on the Belldozer than they were a year ago?

“I think there's no question,” said co-offensive coordinator Jay Norvell. “I think we're more physical at the running back position. ... I don't think there's any question that having Damien emerge as a powerful back has helped us in that area.”

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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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