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Oklahoma football: How Joe Mixon compares to Adrian Peterson

Sooner commitment has a lot of similarities to former star running back.
by Jason Kersey Modified: February 4, 2014 at 8:28 pm •  Published: February 4, 2014

“Adrian runs high, and I would say Joe's very similar,” Hartwig said. “They physically run in the same style.”

Hartwig has never discouraged Mixon's physical, punishing running style; the only demand he's ever made has been that Mixon not leave his feet.

“Kids wanna get up and get over, and that's when most kids get hurt,” Hartwig said. “I don't want him to put himself in a bad position by trying to go over the top, or trying to hurdle.

“That's probably the only thing I've ever told him about his running, because I'm not gonna take away what he does best.”

Mixon has been surrounded by plenty of experienced football professionals at Freedom High School. His position coach is former NFL running back Ron Rivers, who played seven seasons with the Detroit Lions and Atlanta Falcons, and before the 2013 season, Freedom's offensive line coach was former Seattle Seahawk Frank Beede.

Coincidentally, Beede played his senior collegiate season at Oklahoma Panhandle State, where his position coach was current OU offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh.

“Ron does a great job with Joe,” Hartwig said. “The running backs stuff is all from a pro guy, so he gets a lot of good stuff.”

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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