OU report card: Running back

The grades continue at Sooners Illustrated. This time around looking at running back.

With the Oklahoma football season in the books, Sooners Illustrated is going to look back at each position group to see how they fared in 2013.

Running back

Heading into the season, this was considered a strength of the team with four senior running backs. Turns out experts got this one right even if it wasn't the running back most expected to be the leader of the team.

No doubt the 2013 team was powered by a renewed faith in the run game, and you can do that when you have Brennan Clay, Damien Williams, Roy Finch and Trey Millard running the ball.

When Millard went down for the season, there was a lot of uncertainty about how the OU run game would be impacted, but the Sooners were fine.

When Williams was dismissed from the team, there was a lot of uncertainty about how the OU run game would be impacted, but Clay and Finch filled in without any issues.

Clay nearly reached the 1,000-yard mark and had the only 200-yard game of his career with a two-touchdown outing at Kansas State.

Finch was always a nice change of pace and arguments will be had for years to come about whether or not OU utilized Finch correctly. And the future looks incredibly bright with Keith Ford toting the rock, provided he can get a grasp on his fumbling issues.

Best moment: Part of me wanted to say Clay against Kansas State but going to go with the 405-yard performance against Iowa State. After an awful showing against Baylor, the Sooners were able to get the running game buzzing once again.

Worst moment: Part of it was game plan, but the OU running attack left a lot to be desired in the loss to the Bears. With the way Baylor's defense was torched late in the season, it's even more of a head-scratcher that OU couldn't produce anything in Waco.

Sooners Illustrated grade: A-.


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