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OU pro day: Former Sooners running back Damien Williams has 'no hard feelings'

Williams, who was dismissed from the team in November, said coach Bob Stoops let him come back and participate in Pro Day.
by Jason Kersey and Trent Shadid Published: March 12, 2014

Former OU running back Damien Williams says he harbors no ill will toward Sooners coach Bob Stoops, who dismissed Williams in November after multiple team rules violations.

“It was great,” Williams said after participating in OU’s Pro Day on Wednesday. “Being able to come back after the situation that happened was great, and me and Coach Stoops talked and there’s no hard feelings. He let me come back and do the Pro Day. I feel great.”

Williams, a San Diego native, transferred to OU from an Arizona junior college before his junior season in 2012. He was the Sooners’ leading rusher that year but was suspended for the Sooners’ third game of his senior season against Tulsa.

He was suspended again for Oklahoma’s game at Kansas State in late November and removed from the team after that, finishing his OU career with 1,499 yards and 18 touchdowns rushing.

Williams didn’t elaborate when asked about his dismissal, only saying: “It was just a school rule. I didn’t abide by the rules. If you don’t abide by the rules you have to go.”

He was still invited to the NFL Scouting Combine last month and ran a 4.45 in the 40-yard dash, which ranked fourth among running backs at the event.


Former Oklahoma cornerback Aaron Colvin plans to be sprinting on the field again by April 23 — roughly three weeks before the 2014 NFL Draft.

“I’ve been on the treadmill, in the pool, doing squats, leg press, a lot of stuff for my quads, really,” said Colvin, who suffered a torn ACL during Senior Bowl week in January.

Colvin appeared before NFL scouts Wednesday at OU’s Pro Day, but he was obviously unable to participate in any drills.

Asked where he thought he would be drafted before the injury, Colvin said, “I was going first (round). There was no question; I was going first.”

Now, he said NFL teams are telling him to be patient.

The former Owasso High School standout started 36 games throughout his OU career and appeared in 50. He spent his senior season battling injuries, though.

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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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by Trent Shadid
Copy Editor
Trent Shadid is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma. He was born and raised in Weatherford, Okla., and attended Weatherford High School. Before joining The Oklahoman, he spent two seasons as an assistant wrestling coach at Weatherford High...
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