Season OU 11: No. 2 OL Daryl Williams

Senior tackle embodies nastiness of Sooners' offensive front

For the next 10 days Sooners Illustrated will count down the top 11 players of the season for Oklahoma as voted by Bob Przybylo and Justin Hite during the season.

No. 2 right tackle Daryl Williams (73 points)

Williams has the look of an offensive lineman.

He’s wide and muscular throughout his entire body. He has a heavy brow, a hard scowl and a beard that is just unkempt enough to give off an aura of nastiness about him.

Williams is even a bit moody. He’s capable of a joke or two, but when things go wrong, he tightens up and focuses. That’s the part fans see on the field.

This year, he embodied Oklahoma’s brutality in the trenches.

Obviously, Williams isn’t the only blocker on Oklahoma front line, but he was voted as a captain for a reason. He has the tenacity to prove it.

“Daryl Williams is the leader of the group and brings them all together,” Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said. “They’re characters, they’re funny, they have great personalities. They really communicate well together and take a lot of pride in that. . . . That’s the best way to say it. Their orchestration, their communication and the way they’ve worked together is really special.”

Oklahoma averaged 6.1 yards per carry this season and put forth the single greatest rushing performance in FBS history.

At times, it seemed like no defense could stop the Sooners’ rushing attack. Oklahoma finished with the best rushing attack in the Big 12, the eighth-best in the country and finished fifth in the nation in yards per carry.

With all those accolades, Williams and the offensive line still take the most pride in running back Samaje Perine’s record-setting, 427-yard performance against Kansas – the most single-game rushing yards in FBS history.

“It really hasn’t sunk in with me yet, but I was talking to Samaje and said, ‘I guess you’re a legend now,’” Williams said the week after what the offensive line considered its greatest accomplishment this season. “I guess that makes us a legend. I really don’t feel like that, but it’s a cool thing.”

No player made the OU 11 more often than Williams. He only missed out on the list once. Williams will head to the NFL next year. The only thing left to decide is which round and which team.

He’ll always be known as the leader of one of the better offensive lines in recent Oklahoma history – maybe even more distant history.

He was the stabilizing force on a line built on nastiness.

On Perine’s record-breaking carry, Williams exemplified that calmness.

Tyrus Thompson ran down the field to pick up the running back, and Ty Darlington jumped for joy.

“I locked my guy up, looked up and saw he got it,” Williams said. “Then I just jogged back. I was more calm about it than most people.”

Just going about his business, as usual.

Przybylo's favorite moment: The obvious choice is Kansas so going to go another direction and go his performance against Iowa State. The Sooners were coming off a bye and a heartbreaking 31-30 loss to Kansas State. Nobody knew what to expect from OU. All the Sooners did, led by Williams, was rush for more than 500 yards and show they weren't throwing in the towel this season.

Hite's favorite moment: My favorite moment with Williams this season wasn't on the field. It was after the Kansas victory. The pride he and the rest of the offensive linemen took in that game was unique. The pride and commitment to each other was rare. You got to see the personal side of Williams, the compassionate one.

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