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Oklahoma football: Damien Williams leads Sooners to 69-13 rout of Florida A&M

by Jason Kersey Modified: September 8, 2012 at 11:22 pm •  Published: September 8, 2012

Williams ended the drive by powering his way into the end zone for a 3-yard score. After Florida A&M went three-and-out on its ensuing drive — and senior Justin Brown returned a punt to the Rattlers’ 4 — Williams punched it in for another touchdown, his third in three carries going back to the season opener.

Williams’ quick start — he’s scored five touchdowns and rushed for 259 yards in his first two OU games — is especially impressive considering the Sooners’ offensive scheme is vastly different than anything Williams has ever been part of. Through high school and at Arizona Western, he ran in a slower-paced, more traditional offense as opposed to OU’s no-huddle attack.

But Williams, who led all junior-college backs last season in rushing yards at Arizona Western, has quickly picked up all aspects of OU’s scheme, including pass-blocking.

“I’m getting used to the fast-paced offense,” Williams said. “You’ve gotta be if you want to play. Everything is going as planned, so I feel like I’m doing well.”

Whaley — playing at home for the first time since last year’s season-ending ankle injury — fumbled with 12:58 left in the first half and didn’t see the field again until the third quarter.

“Dom hasn’t taken care of the ball the last two weeks,” Heupel said. “Obviously we as a football team need to take care of the ball. We had three of them on the ground last week, another one tonight. You can’t play winning football if you’re gonna do that.”

Williams said the running backs, despite the competition for carries, are still pulling for each other, and wouldn’t say he deserves to take over as the Sooners’ starting running back.

“I don’t feel like I deserve anything right now,” Williams said. “I just need to keep playing hard and things will come how they do.”

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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