OU football: Sooners' large stable of running backs down to two

Highly regarded freshman Brandon Williams has been granted his release. Sources say Brennan Clay might transfer.
BY TRAVIS HANEY, Staff Writer, thaney@opubco.com Published: December 19, 2011

NORMAN – In August, Oklahoma had a dilemma with its running backs: There were seemingly too many for too few carries.

In the middle of December, the Sooners have a different dilemma with their running backs: There are seemingly too few for too many carries.

Not including fullback Trey Millard, a lot of a half-dozen has shrunk to just two as OU prepares for the Dec. 30 Insight Bowl: sophomores Brennan Clay and Roy Finch.

And even those names had questions attached to them until coach Bob Stoops addressed their situations during a Monday news conference.

Finch has started four games and rushed for 601 yards this season, but he was recently cited by Norman police for damaging an acquaintance's computer.

Stoops acted as if he knew nothing about the incident.

“I'm wondering why he wouldn't,” Stoops said when asked if Finch would play. “I'm fully expecting him to play. I don't know what you're referencing.”

As for Clay, multiple sources have told The Oklahoman that he is at least considering a transfer.

“That's the first I've ever heard of that,” Stoops said.

But Stoops did acknowledge “we have some guys for different reasons that are considering” transfers. He said he'll announce those in January.

Clay started the first four games at running back. After a shoulder injury, his playing time shrank to near nothing – even after Dominique Whaley was injured. He rushed for 159 yards in the first three games – and just 69 in the six games after returning from the injury.

Stoops confirmed Monday that highly considered freshman Brandon Williams has been granted his release. A source said this past weekend, and reports surfaced Monday, that Williams plans to enroll at Texas A&M.

The native of Brookshire, just west of Houston, is trying to move to be closer to family. Williams has a young daughter.

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