OU teammates ready to see Mixon in game

Sooners looking forward to watching elite running back finally take his first carry

Oklahoma sophomore nickel back Steven Parker didn’t hesitate with his words when he mentioned current NFL superstar Adrian Peterson as a comparison for redshirt freshman running back Joe Mixon.

It’s been like that for almost a year: All the tension and anticipation for the eventual first game – and the first carry – of a player that has been dubbed as the best running back on Oklahoma’s campus in a decade.

Mixon’s teammates have seen it in doses during practices, but know that finally seeing it in a game will be a big relief.

“He’s a guy that can really run, shake you,” Parker said. “He’ll come and bring the wood. He’s a guy that can do everything for us.”

Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops even mentioned him Monday as a potential kick or punt return. Where Mixon will have the largest impact on the game is lined up in the back field – sometimes alongside breakout sophomore Samaje Perine or in a rotation between the two.

Mixon’s teammates are excited to see what he can finally do when he plays someone else.

“ He’s excited to be out there and playing with the guys again,” Oklahoma starting quarterback Baker Mayfield said of the running back who scored 44 touchdowns in his final two years in high school.

Above any other question, people asked Perine the most about Mixon this offseason. How does he look?

“He looks great,” Perine repeated likely for the umpteenth time Monday.

For a running back who had the 17th-most carries in FBS last year despite always sharing touches in high school, having another great back with him is also great.

“It’s awesome having premier backs like that,” Perine said. “It’s great. That’s not sarcasm. It may seem like that, but it’s not.”


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