Blooming Flowers

Freshman back shines in multi-purpose role for Oklahoma

When freshman Dimitri Flowers was looking for somewhere to play college football nobody offered him the chance to play fullback.

He wasn’t necessarily looking for that, although he does fit the physical mold – 6-foot-3, 219 pounds.

Flowers, who came to campus early and participated in spring practice, played running back, quarterback and receiver in high school before Oklahoma found him.

No other school sold him on playing fullback, not even Oklahoma. Instead, the Sooners sold him on Trey Millard.

“It wasn’t a certain position,” Flowers said. “So, when I looked up Trey and watched his highlights, he was all over the field. I think that’s something I can step in and do.”

Now, Flowers has earned a few nicknames. At times, he’s ‘Trey 2.0.’ Others call him ‘Little Trey.’

He doesn’t mind the comparison because he seems to have a respect for Millard. But Flowers doesn’t want to be the second coming.

“I’m trying to go out there and make a name for myself,” he said.

So far in camp, he has done just that.

Fifth-year senior Blake Bell, who is in the same room with Flowers, has been impressed with how quickly Flowers has picked up the offense. He referenced Millard too, because of Flowers’ football smarts and making all the right plays in practice.

He’ll fit in with the offense too because of his multi-position background.

“To be able to play fast, those guys have to be able to do multiple things for us,” co-offensive coordinator Josh Heupel said. “That’s one of the things we’re looking for out of a guy like Dmitri Flowers when we recruited him.”

Oklahoma was the only school that offered Flowers a combination of versatility and impact. So far, Flowers has lined up everywhere in the backfield thus far – fullback, tight end and running back. He is giving the Sooners the same offer.

Flowers enrolled early and was surprise he saw as much action as he did in the spring game. Fall practice has consisted of facing off routinely with All-American linebacker Eric Striker on the pass rush.

He has had to learn pretty quickly in order to keep quarterback Trevor Knight “upright.”

“He is still a young player and there are a lot of situations that he has not been in, but when you are athletic and you are smart you find ways to survive in those situations,” co-offensive coordinator Jay Norvell said. “That is what he is doing. He is getting more confident all the time. … He is one of the young players that have really made strides.”

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