Running Back Damien Williams: A+
One Word: Electric. Damien Williams is finally the home run threat at running back that OU has been looking for since DeMarco Murray left for the NFL. Williams set the single game rushing record for a debut at Oklahoma Memorial Stadium with 156 total rushing yards. If there was a hole Williams found it, finding himself in the end zone on four separate occasions, one of those was an 89-yard scamper that demoralized the Florida A&M defense. Williams also set several other Sooner records in his home debut. It likely also moved him up the depth chart unseating Dominque Whaley.
The Sooners rolled on offense in some areas and still struggled at times. Don't let the 662 total yards fool you. Oklahoma only had 282 at the half. Many of the Sooners' big plays came against the Rattlers second string defense. The one portion of the total yards stat that should raise some eyebrows is the Sooners rushing yards. Three-hundred thirteen yards in the air, but the Sooners rushed for 349. It's been quite awhile since that side of the stat sheet was on top. The good news in that is the offense stayed balanced with big gains, the bad news is there were still some timing issues with Sooners QB Landry Jones and his receivers.
It could have been worse. The Sooners only gave up 235 yards through the air, most of which came on a 75-yard touchdown where backup senior safety Jesse Paulsen missed an assignment and the Rattlers snuck one by the Sooners D. Coach Stoops admitted in the post game that these type of plays could happen when playing primarily in man-to-man coverage. Another area of concern is the ankle injury to junior safety Tony Jefferson. The Rattlers had a big wide receiver in Travis Harvey who really gave the Sooners fits. If other teams see they can match their physical wideouts on the outside, the Sooners need to watch out.
Special Teams/Justin Brown: B
it's been a long time since the special teams had a physical returner like Justin Brown, Coach Stoops compared the Penn State transfer to former Sooner returner JT Thatcher. Brown had two huge returns setting up touchdowns for the Sooners, one that he almost took to the house. Brown finished with 102 return yards. The Sooners also got a big boost on a couple of kickoff returns from running back Roy Finch. Finch had the Sooner faithful on their feet after an incredible spin move on one return. The Sooners would get a B+ for the efforts of Brown alone, but a minor hiccup in the kicking game when kicker Michael Hunnicutt missed an extra point knocked the Sooners down from a high B.
When you look at the body of work, Jones had a decent day on paper, but this was Florida A&M. Jones went 19-for-28 for 252 with two solid touchdowns, but one terrible interception. Jones is still not progressing through his reads. This is supposed to be his year. However, the Sooners will not make it all the way on the arm of Jones. For the second straight game Jones stared down receivers, leaving home run threat WR's Kenny Stills and Justin Brown wide open and uncovered to throw into double and sometimes triple coverage. Jones is gaining confidence with his new receivers, but the Sooners will not survive in conference play if he doesn't.
Bonus - Sooners Song of the Game:Unsatisfactory/F-
Carly Rae Jepsen's 'Call Me Maybe' was selected as the song of the game. This had to be a cruel joke by those who headed to the exits during the third quarter. While Jepsen's song may be popular to the masses, it's just a terrible song.