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Oklahoma football: Sooners RB Damien Williams off and running ... literally

OU FOOTBALL — Oklahoma running back Damien Williams is breaking big-time runs at a pace unseen since Adrian Peterson was in Norman. His touchdown runs of 65, 89 and 95 yards are among the longest in OU history.
by Jason Kersey Published: October 19, 2012

“We wouldn't have went and recruited him if we didn't think he'd be a major factor,” coach Bob Stoops said. “So yeah, we figured he'd do well.

“Now, do you know he'd have a 95-yarder? I didn't know the ball would be at the 5. ... You have to credit not just Damien. Guys are getting him space. Receivers are blocking downfield. And Damien's doing special stuff.”

When asked if he's ever experienced a five-game stretch with this many home-run bursts, Williams said he's always had the ability to do it; he just didn't quite expect it to happen like this at the NCAA Division I level.

“I've always been able to break big plays, it's something I'm used to doing,” Williams said. “In junior college, that's what I was known for. I'm just trying to continue what I was doing there.”

At 6-feet, 208 pounds, Williams is also capable of being a rough-and-tumble, bruiser back in short-yardage situations.

In five games, Williams has rushed for 508 yards and six touchdowns. He's averaging 7.7 yards per carry and about 102 yards per game.

Williams has also shown an ability to make plays in the passing game; he reeled in a 38-yard reception at Texas Tech two weeks ago, when he made his first career start at Oklahoma.

“He's faster than people think,” Ikard said. “He's got a lot of diversity to his game, whether it's blocking in pass protection, grinding out yards or showing some acceleration out on the edge.

“It's a pleasure blocking for a guy like that.”