Post Spring Breakdown: RBs

Previously, Sooners Illustrated talked about the quarterbacks coming out of spring, and now it's time to break down the backfield.

Running backs:

DeMarco MurrayIt'll be nice for the Sooners to have a healthy Murray coming out of the spring for the first time in a while. He worked on a lot of things in the offseason, but perhaps most importantly was just getting his health back and working on flexibility. Both of those things turned out well, although there wasn't any major evidence of that in the Spring Game when he didn't have any rushing attempts. He was good, however, in returning punts on that day. Come fall, expect him to approach that 1,000 yard rushing mark that he did two years ago on the Sooners' road to the national championship game.

Jermie CalhounCalhoun, listed as the second man on the depth chart, is a guy that will really solidify the Sooner backfield. OU also didn't showcase him in the Spring Game, but he had an impressive spring to go along with Murray's. Most notably, Calhoun had a three touchdown day in the Sooners' first scrimmage. One of those went for 20 yards, and he had dragged a couple of players for extra yards on that day on a few of his carries. Calhoun brings another gritty, hard-nosed athlete into the Sooner backfield, and expect him to complement No. 7 rather well.

Mossis MaduThe Sooners used him very sparingly in the slot a year ago, but now he will return to the running back position, and he will be a great third threat to go along with Murray and Calhoun. Moving him into the slot position allowed him to get a better grip on the offense, and that will carry over into his rushing attack. Madu is a guy that rushed for nearly 500 yards when Murray and Chris Brown both racked up more than 1,000 in 2008, so the potential is certainly there for him to provide a big punch in the backfield as well.

Overall, the Sooner backfield looks as good as it could coming out of this spring. If everything goes as planned, the rushing attack could be lethal.


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