Mbanasor not surprised by Perine's success

People in Pflugerville, Texas, know how good Samaje Perine is, including former teammate P.J. Mbanasor.

Saturday was a breakout performance for Oklahoma freshman running back Samaje Perine. Those who didn’t know how to pronounce name now know exactly how to say it.

That’s what happens you run for 427 yards on 34 carries with five touchdowns, setting the all-time NCAA FBS single game rushing yards record in the process.

National reporters were scrambling like crazy to figure out how it all happened and who this guy is, people back home at Pflugerville, Texas, however, knew this day was coming.

One of those is his former teammate and potential future teammate in four-star cornerback P.J. Mbanasor, who is committed to the Sooners.

“He is just savage, man,” Mbanasor said. “It’s not a surprise to us. Seeing how he is, knew it wouldn’t take long before he made college football just like high school. His size, speed, work ethic, he’s a special player.”

One of the toughest transitions for a college player comes with nutrition. OU has a great staff for that, but it wasn’t necessary for Perine, said Mbanasor.

“When he was in high school, his diet was unbelievable,” Mbanasor said. “He would only have red meat on certain days at certain hours. He has always been so disciplined.”

The same day Perine set the record also saw the end of the season for Pflugerville Hendrickson. Mbanasor made sure to tell his friend what he thought.

“I talked to him last night (Saturday) and congratulated him a little bit,” Mbanasor said. “He was never expecting a congratulations because that’s not his way. I told him good job and that was it. Nothing more needed to be said.”

Mbanasor is a four-star cornerback who committed to OU in June. He took his official visit to Norman in September.


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