The Norman Transcript

September 19, 2013

OU wants to deliver a message with running game

Offensive line coach believes intimidation has to be a factor

By John Shinn
The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — Offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh arrived at Oklahoma with a mandate to create a more physical running game. After three games, OU is averaging 5.4 yards per carry, a 271.7 yards per game on the ground.

Obviously, strides have been made. But Bedenbaugh said the goal is make sure every team OU plays fully understands playing the Sooners means engaging in a three-and-a-half hour slugfest.

“what happens is other people see it on film that we are about to play,” Bedenbaugh said. “It’s just like our fullbacks Trey (Millard), Rip (Aaron Ripkowski), Moose (Brannon Green) when they see those guys playing physical other people see it. It shows up on tape how physical safeties fill. They know they are about to get whacked. So that’s what you want to put on film. Upfront every position you want to put that stuff on film.”