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Oklahoma football: Intro video, Damien Williams get high marks for Sooners

BY JENNI CARLSON Published: September 8, 2012
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/articleid/3708280/1/pictures/1822977">Photo - Damien Williams (26) leaps to the end zone for a touchdown in the first half during the college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and Florida A&M Rattlers at Gaylord Family—Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman
Damien Williams (26) leaps to the end zone for a touchdown in the first half during the college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and Florida A&M Rattlers at Gaylord Family—Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman

PREGAME: C

Everything was going smashingly until the Schooner nearly took out the marching band's drum major. Thank goodness he was paying attention and fleet of foot. Then, the video of the starting lineups had a serious hiccup and was completely stopped. At least the intro video didn't get dumped.

INTRO VIDEO: A

Totally cool. Our gal Stephanie Kuzydym wrote about the popularity of the “There's Only One” theme earlier this week, and this year's video did not disappoint. It combined legends of the past, including Barry Switzer, Steve Owens and Clendon Thomas, with today's Sooners. Goosebumps.

JONES-STILLS CONNECTION: B

This would've been an A grade if not for Stills' drop of a sure touchdown in the first half. But it's evident that the quarterback and receiver are developing some solid chemistry. They connected 10 times for 120 yards, which was a career night for Stills and accounted for more than half of Jones' completions.

OFFENSIVE LINE: C

Jones didn't have to scramble quite as much as a week ago, though there was some pressure on him. You wouldn't expect there to be any against a lower-division foe like Florida A&M. While the offensive line blew open some nice running lanes, it also committed a pair of unnecessary personal fouls. Those cost it a better grade.

DEFENSIVE LINE: B

A solid night for the defensive front. The starting unit accounted for three sacks, four tackles for loss and a decent amount of pressure on Florida A&M's quarterback. Also, good news for those starters — back-up tackles Jordan Phillips and Marquis Anderson were able to spell David King and Jamarkus McFarland some. Those younger guys were not spectacular but solid.


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