OU players confident in rushing attack

Consensus at Big 12 Media Days is that Samaje Perine will be a big part of the offense

DALLAS – It’s become a mathematics games for almost all Sooners’ fans this offseason: Comparing new offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley’s play-calling breakdown with the Sooners’ roster.

At first glance, it doesn’t always look best for Oklahoma’s bruising running back Samaje Perine, who will be at the mercy of a coordinator who has led three straight offenses to a passing majority.

The Sooners offense is built around a power running style, and it will have to adapt. On Tuesday, there wasn’t much doubt the Perine, the Big 12 Conference Freshman of the Year last season, and the rest of the Sooners back field still would be a big part of Oklahoma’s new offense.

One of the guys catching the ball?

“We have great backs,” receiver Sterling Shepard said. “It’s impossible not to give Samaje Perine and Alex Ross and now Joe Mixon the ball. Those three guys are a three-headed monster. We have to find a way to get them the ball. Coach Riley does a great job of just evening it out.”

One of the guys who might lose out on pass attempts?

“You’ve got not only Samaje, but you’ve got Joe Mixon and Rodney Anderson and Alex Ross and Daniels Brooks – guys that have to have the ball in their hand to help us win,” Oklahoma quarterback Trevor Knight said.

It’s obvious then what an offensive lineman would say.

“When you’ve got a back like Samaje in the backfield, you can’t not give him the ball,” center Ty Darlington said. “It’s not just him though. Alex Ross is a heck of a ball player. Joe Mixon can play some football too. Even the young guy, Rodney Anderson , stepped up in the spring. Every back that we are going to put in that backfield is very talented and very capable.”

Doesn’t exactly guarantee Perine 200 carries, but it’s a bit of a relief.


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