OU spring review: Running back

OU entered spring with a running back question, and it feels like it leaves with the same question.

A lot of questions were asked before Oklahoma started spring practice. Some were answered, some are still to be decided, while new ones popped up.

SoonersIllustrated.com is going to take a position-by-position look of what we learned about the Sooners from spring practice during the next couple of weeks.

Running back

Based off the 2013 season, not much was known about the running back spot for 2014. On the surface it might have felt like sophomore Keith Ford had an edge but nothing was definite.

After a month of practices and a spring game, nothing has been answered although OU fans have every reason to feel a little optimistic about things.

Ford performed at a high level, but it was the reemergence of redshirt sophomore running back Alex Ross that has made things all the more interesting.

Ross, forgotten by most following two lackluster years in Norman, is starting to come around and live up to the potential everybody saw in him coming out of high school. Getting more repetitions has helped Ross get into a rhythm.

The other story of the spring was redshirt sophomore Daniel Brooks. It might have taken nearly two full years to become his old self again following a horrendous knee injury, but he is starting to find his groove in Norman. No reason he can't be a third down back and can definitely make an impact as a kick returner.

Of course the group gets more help this summer when Samaje Perine and Joe Mixon arrive on campus with there being a strong likelihood of Mixon playing early.

And following a tremendous spring, there's no doubt H-Back Dimitri Flowers is going to see the field a lot sooner than everybody might have thought two months ago. Aaron Ripkowski will have early edge, but as long as Flowers progresses as a blocker, he'll be fine.

Spring game stats

Brooks: 8 rushes for 67 yards

David Smith: 9 rushes for 30 yards, TD

Ford: 9 rushes for 29 yards

Ross: 3 rushes for 6 yards

Projected depth chart

Ross/Ford (really interchangeable at this point)



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