NORMAN — Last year, Mossis Madu kept working. Kept waiting. Kept wondering.
Wondering if he would ever get back on the field.
But after a season of experimentation at receiver, Madu is back home at running back this spring.
And looking to go out with a bang in his senior year.
"Running back is home for me,” he said. "It comes natural to me.
"I just hope I can get out there and make plays.”
After Madu’s breakout sophomore season, headlined by his three-touchdown performance in the 2008 Big 12 Championship, the Sooner coaches came up with an idea to get the Norman native on the field more often.
After all, carries were going to be hard to come by, with DeMarco Murray and Chris Brown coming back to man the backfield for another season.
So Madu was moved to slot during the spring, and wideout during the fall.
"I was glad that I built a name to where they wanted to put me more into the offense, so that I could help the team,” Madu said.
But the move never fully meshed for the lifelong running back.
"I can’t really pinpoint one thing,” Madu explained as to why he couldn’t pick up the position easier. "I guess it really was the overall position. When the ball is in my hands I can make a play. But it was catching the ball, running the routes. All that stuff is different from catching and running from the tailback position.”
So even though opportunity for playing time was abundant at receiver last season, Madu played sparingly and finished the season with only seven catches.
Madu, however, is far from bitter about the position switch.
"I could be selfish and say that last year was a lost year,” he said. "But it was one of those things that they asked me to do. They told me beforehand that I had an opportunity to start there.
"But in the end it was just harder for me to adapt to.”
Now, the Sooner coaches have asked Madu to move back to running back, again in an effort to get him on the field more often.