There were times when it looked like Oklahoma fullback Dimitri Flowers wasn’t 100 percent with his upper body last week.
Then there were times when it looked like the legs were gone for Flowers. But he kept getting up. Every single time.
Head coach Bob Stoops was almost dismissive of any injury concerns regarding Flowers after OU’s 45-40 win against Texas. Not because he doesn’t care about Flowers, but it’s clear Stoops knows what the rest of the nation is starting to figure out – Flowers will be there.
Flowers hasn’t become a huge part of the passing game in 2016, but it’s hard to argue what he has done to help the Sooners ground attack.
“I think that’s what goes under the radar is there’s not much happening in there without that fullback/h-back guy doing his job too,” Stoops said. “So he’s part of that group of five up there creating some of those holes.”
Flowers’ numbers don’t pop out. Three catches for 26 yards and a touchdown. But all three have either earned a first down or touchdown, and Flowers came up with another special play on a third down against Texas in the fourth quarter.
Just like last year when Flowers was a blocker-turned-receiver for the Heisman moment for quarterback Baker Mayfield against Baylor, Flowers was there again for his quarterback on a pivotal third down against the Horns.
Flowers was blocking again and found the opening to pick up a huge chunk of yardage and keep the drive going.
It’s the little things that turn into big things, and offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley has certainly noticed his contributions.
“Throughout the course of us being here, becoming one of the most versatile guys on the team,” Riley said. “He’s a clutch receiver. Just in a year and a half, all the important catches he’s made, they’ve been pretty key to us in some big games.
“He’s a great blocker. He understands it all so well he can do anything. He’s grown a lot. The physicality has grown a lot. He went from being an athlete who knew what to do to becoming a really good blocker, and that makes him more valuable, more dangerous.”