Oklahoma’s running back of the future might’ve been watching from the sideline Saturday as five-star signee Joe Mixon was in attendance for the Sooners spring football game.
On the field, neither Keith Ford nor Alex Ross — the two most likely of players currently on campus to contribute at the spot next season — did anything spectacular.
Ford showed more of the power that got him carries last year but had just 29 yards on nine carries. Ross had six yards on three carries.
After the game, though, co-offensive coordinator Josh Heupel talked about another facet of their games.
“The surprising thing about both of those guys is this spring, they both caught balls extremely well out of the backfield,” Heupel said. “They’ve grown to understand pass protection. There were areas where those young guys were deficient a year ago, but they’ve made some strides here during spring ball and that’s going to be critical for us to be successful this fall.”
Neither caught a pass Saturday.
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