Damien Williams and Brennan Clay played football against each other from their little-league days through high school in San Diego; today, the juniors are Oklahoma's two leading rushers.
Williams, a junior-college transfer from Arizona Western, played his high school football at San Diego's Mira Mesa. He became the Sooners' starting running back in the fourth game of this season, finishing with a team-high 905 yards and 11 touchdowns. He began his collegiate career at Arizona Western.
Clay signed with the Sooners out of another San Diego high school, Scripps Ranch; he's always been considered a great teammate, but finally began realizing his full potential on the field this season. He's rushed for 511 yards and six touchdowns, including a game winning, 18-yard touchdown in overtime of Oklahoma's thrilling Bedlam win Nov. 24.
“We played against the same teams; we played against each other,” Williams said. “It feels great to know ... San Diego kids can come out here and compete with anybody.”
REYNOLDS NEEDS TO FOCUS, NORVELL SAID
Junior wide receiver Jaz Reynolds, one of four players indefinitely suspended last May for violating team rules, never got on the game field this season.
As a sophomore last year, Reynolds was the Sooners' third-leading receiver, with 41 receptions, 715 yards and five touchdowns. After senior Justin Brown transferred from Penn State and contributed significantly, there wasn't any reason to rush Reynolds back into action.
Plus, he still needs to focus on what's important, said co-offensive coordinator Jay Norvell.
“The guys that compete and do well in practice get their chances in the game,” Norvell said. “Jaz has got a lot of experience; he's a big, fast guy. He's got great hands. He just needs to get his focus back to where it was when he was playing good. If he does that, I don't think there's any question he can help us.”
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