“We moved him around really to try to create as many mismatches as we could,” Hill said. “It sounds like they’re going to do pretty much what we did with him. You take a guy like that and get him lined up against linebackers, you’ve got a mismatch. Then you’ve got the safeties back there that aren’t as big and physical as he is.”
With Millard gone, Aaron Ripkowski is likely to step into that role like he did after Millard was injured late last season.
But there will be room in the offense for Flowers.
“Oh definitely, no question,” Stoops said. “And he’s shown every indication that he’ll be ready for it.”
Flowers opened eyes Wednesday with a short-yardage diving catch against solid coverage.
“We’re elated about Dimitri every day,” Stoops said. “He’s very natural.”
Flowers’ intellect — both on and off the football field — have made the transition to OU a smooth one.
“He makes fantastic grades,” Hill said. “He was one of our National Merit Scholarship finalists. You take the football out of it, and he was going to get scholarships academically. You take that kind of personality, that kind of brains and everything else he has and he’s going to be successful.”
That’s translated on the field.
“He knows a lot more than the average freshman,” Boulware said. “I feel very confident in putting him out there right now, and as he continues to progress, I think we have something there.”