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OU football: Running game is slowed

By Berry Tramel Published: April 12, 2009

/> The reasons were many for the OU run game to stink Saturday, starting with those headhunters.

That Sooner defense, especially the front seven, is stout city, with G.K. McCoy and Adrian Taylor and Travis Lewis and all those ends who rush the quarterback without help of a blitz.

Plus, the offense is hamstrung in the spring. To protect teammates, the Sooners don’t block below the waist when scrimmaging. Those cut blocks are a major part of the OU infantry.

"We’ve got the advantage,” said defensive coordinator Brent Venables.

Plus, check out who sat out Saturday. Brown and Murray, the 1,000-yard tandem from ’08. New offensive linemen Stephen Good and Jarvis Jones. Plus OU’s top two slobberknockers, tight end Brody Eldridge and fullback Matt Clapp, the blockers you’d most want by your side in an alley fight.

"So many guys out, we weren’t ourselves,” Stoops said. "It’s totally different. We’ll be able to run it.”

Well, OK. Stoops is usually that confident but doesn’t always say it that assuredly.

History backs him up, no matter what we saw Saturday when the Crimson got Creamed.

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