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Take 3: Next man up mentality for OU without Perine

Take 3 from Stoops and the running back spot gets a bit smaller.

Every Monday afternoon during the football season, Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops holds a weekly press conference. Sooners Illustrated is there for all of them and gives you the three biggest things from the event.

Game No. 7: at Texas Tech (3-3, 1-2)

Take No. 1: Mixon, Adams show without Perine

The news was a blow for OU in learning the Sooners will be without running back Samaje Perine for at least the next couple of weeks.

But no crying in Norman. Next man up. In that regard, now would be the time for Abdul Adams to show what he can do as a true freshman.

“Well, he's come on, been more consistent,” Stoops said. “He did a nice job in there the other day of being correct with all of his assignments and everything. I don't know how to give a percentage of that. Lincoln may be able to give you more of that but we like Abdul. He's a good solid player and he's going to have more opportunities obviously now.”

What will remain to be seen is how much time Adams will see because you figure Joe Mixon has been waiting for his chance to show he can be the No. 1 guy as well.

“He's just an exceptional athlete, not just running the football but he has great hands, like I said, returns, great hands out of the backfield,” Stoops said. “For such a big, physical guy is unusually slippery just with his suddenness to go with the power.”

Look for guys like Dimitri Flowers and Carson Meier to provide support in the run game as well.

Take No. 2: Lampkin, Orso returning (injury report update)

It’s not all bad news for the Sooners. OU is slowly getting healthy although Stoops said it was doubtful Matt Dimon or Charles Walker would return this week.

Other than that, OU is about where it was heading into KSU weekend. And this week the Sooners get a couple of players back.

Stoops confirmed defensive lineman Du’Vonta Lampkin and offensive lineman Dwayne Orso-Bacchus are officially back in the good graces of the team and their six-game suspensions are over.

“We’ll see,” Stoops said. “They’re officially back but we’ll see what kind of position they’re in to help at all.

Lampkin would obviously be the one to look forward to more than Orso because of the rash of injuries with the defensive line.

Take No. 3: Not about winning one for Baker

It’s going to be talked about. Everybody knows it’s a story that Baker Mayfield is returning to Texas Tech, but Stoops definitely isn’t hoping that’s motivation.

“No, I don't think that's a very positive form of motivation,” Stoops said. “So those kind of things to me are sort of negative forms of motivation. The motivation ought to be that we're still undefeated in conference play and we're going down to play another good football team at their place at night and we need to be at our best. That's the kind of motivation that you hope for.”

Mayfield hasn’t always controlled his emotions well in spots like this so Saturday evening will be something to watch.


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