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Oklahoma Sooners running back Samaje Perine expects heavier workload

A year after just five carries against Baylor, Perine expects much more this season.

Oklahoma running back  Samaje Perine stood at the podium and smiled. He barely acknowledged the fact that he only had five carries last year against Baylor – Oklahoma’s worst loss of the season.

Always a team-first guy, he sure wasn’t going to say that he should have gotten the ball more in the 34-point loss, the Sooners’ third loss to Baylor in the last four years.

Instead, he leaned on the phrase: It’s a new year now. He does expect to get more than five carries this time around.

“Yes, of course,” Perine said after a hearty laugh.

Once Perine became the starter last season, he had fewer than 17 carries only once. That came against Baylor. It was still the fewest single-game carries of his career. He hasn’t even had single-digit carries since.

This week a change is necessary, especially with an Oklahoma running game that is averaging more than 250 yards on the ground through the past four games. Throw in the fact that Kansas State, which is winless in Big 12 play, just ran for 258 yards against Baylor, and it should be clear that Perine’s workload will look very different from a year ago.

“These days, we’re feeling like we can run against anybody,” Perine said. “With the backs we have and offensive line coming along, we feel like we’re going to have a big emphasis on running the ball. It’s gonna start up front. Those guys are getting better every week. We feel like we’re on a roll and we don’t wanna stop now.”

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