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Oklahoma football: Damien Williams' potential is unlimited

His junior-college coach says running back has deceptive speed, and will flourish if he gets more carries.
BY STEPHANIE KUZYDYM Published: September 11, 2012

“You watch him on film and junior-college film and you see he's a good player, but I'm not there,” Gundy said. “So now I've had a chance to really find out that he really did have that passion …”

Gundy does think Williams needs to get the ball more, and so do fullback Trey Millard and wide receivers Trey Metoyer and Kenny Stills. Gundy said Williams still has a long way to go.

But Williams has come a long way from his 10th-grade year, when his mom refused to let him play football. He had to improve his grades. She moved him to Mira Mesa High School in San Diego for his final two years, where he raised his grades, but not enough to go to Arizona State. That's how he ended up at Arizona Western. When Arizona State coach Dennis Erickson was fired, Williams was released from his commitment, and Oklahoma came calling.

Maybe Williams' longest way to go remains his next trip between handoff and the end zone.

Williams, who said he can run a 4.5-second 40-yard dash, can also play in the slot, return punts or even play safety. However, his potential has yet to be seen, and Minnick knows this is just the beginning.

“Oklahoma has no clue what they got yet,” Minnick said, “but I think they're starting to figure it out.”


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