In other words, Madu is going to have a huge struggle to even see the field.
A lot of players in his position would be looking elsewhere – as in a transfer – for more playing time.
Madu is only looking for a chance.
This spring offers that chance.
Madu is one of only two Sooners on scholarship that will take snaps this spring. Murray and Brown are recovering from minor off-season surgery and won't take part.
Johnson is already on campus and joins Madu in the backfield.
"It's real big," Madu said on Wednesday after the Sooners' first of 12 spring practices (not including three scrimmages). "It's my time to shine, to prove myself."
Madu played in 14 games last season, rushing 40 times for 232 yards and two scores. He averaged 5.8 yards a carry and had a long of 55 yards.
He said he wants to prove he's got a lot of that big-play ability in his arsenal. He's got 12 practices and three scrimmages from now until April 12 to prove that.
"I want to prove that I belong in this offense and that I'm as big a threat as DeMarco (Murray) and CB (Chris Brown)," he said.
Regardless of where he fits in, Madu knows what he can provide the Sooners.
"I want to be a tempo guy; someone who comes in and picks up the tempo," he said. "Someone who has the ability to break something anytime we need it."