OU football: OU's success rate will depend on its deep stable of running backs

Brennan Clay, Damien Williams, Trey Millard, Roy Finch and Keith Ford will all play in the role.
by Jason Kersey Published: October 13, 2013

* And then there's the other guy, the one who might end up being the best ball carrier on the entire roster: True freshman Keith Ford.

Ford only carried the ball six times Saturday, but led Oklahoma with 34 rushing yards.

Just about every time he's entered a game this season, Ford has made some kind of noticeable impact. He picked up 14 yards on one mid-third quarter carry when the Sooners were still very much alive in the game.

Excitement has built up around the freshman from Cypress, Texas, since fall camp, when a video of Ford plowing through starting defensive tackle Jordan Phillips in the Oklahoma Drill surfaced. Given how well Phillips has played this season, the impressive collision clearly revealed more positive about Ford than it did negative about Phillips.

Entering Saturday's game, Oklahoma was averaging 246 yards per game on the ground. It managed only 133 net rushing yards against the Longhorns, but that total includes the yards Blake Bell lost on sacks.

Each of the Sooners' four leading rushers Saturday — Ford, Millard, Williams and Clay — averaged at least 4.6 yards per carry.

The Sooners' best offensive drives against Texas came when they relied on the run game, and they've clearly got the horses to have a powerful rushing attack if they choose to use it.

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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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