Clay off to solid start

Who did I pick as OU's most surprising offensive player? Who did the readers pick? Find out.

With Oklahoma on one of its bye weeks, Sooners Illustrated wanted to give its readers a chance to weigh in on who has been the biggest surprise on offense and defense through three games for the Sooners.

Up first is offense.

My pick: I never thought through three games the leading rusher for the team would be senior Brennan Clay. Despite how strong he finished his junior season, I saw a number of factors coming into play to slow him down.

Senior Damien Williams was going to be healthy. Young pups like Alex Ross and Keith Ford were going to get a chance. And I thought Clay wasn't going to be as effective.

Through three games, I've been dead wrong. Clay has been the most consistent runner for the Sooners. Not the most explosive, not the most agile, not the most powerful but definitely the most consistent.

Clay leads the team with 45 attempts for 262 yards and two touchdowns. His discipline off the field has kept him on the field, while his vision on it has made sure he stays in the mix. Not the fastest back, Clay's decisions have been quick and correct in finding the holes.

Readers' pick: No doubt who the readers love right now. By a wide margin, quarterback Blake Bell takes home the award.

In his first start last week Bell was 27-of-37 for 413 yards and four touchdowns. His performance earned him Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week honors.

Many were shocked when redshirt freshman Trevor Knight was named the starting quarterback to start the season. But many were even more pleasantly surprised with how Bell fared in his first go-around.

He looked poise, comfortable and commanded the offense.

Breaking it down

Blake Bell: 45 votes

Keith Ford: 33 votes

Brennan Clay: 18 votes

Trevor Knight: 13 votes

Roy Finch: 5 votes

Other: 4 votes

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