The Norman Transcript


October 10, 2012

Depth at skill positions isgiving offense greater variety



“I think that’s when you’re operating the best, when you’re not trying to force the ball to any particular guy. You’re taking what they’re giving you,” OU coach Bob Stoops said. “Coverages have their weaknesses and it’s up to the receivers and quarterback to find them by going through your read progressions and getting the ball to everybody. I feel that’s when the offenses are at their best.”

After four games, OU has 11 different players that have caught at least three passes and five players have touchdown receptions. Kenny Stills leads in both categories. However, locking onto him gets tougher when Jones shows a willingness and confidence to look elsewhere.

Of course, of those 11 players only Stills, fullback Trey Millard and running backs Dominique Whaley and Brennan Clay have been in the program for more than a year. Those options are filled with first-year players who are about to play on one of college football’s biggest stages.

None of that matters to Heupel.

“You have to anticipate these guys playing well. You have to give them a chance to play hard, play fast and play physical,” he said. “You have to trust your players and that’s what we’ll do on Saturday.”

OU showed a trust in those first-year players against Texas Tech. If they do against Texas, there will not be any more questions about OU’s offensive diversity.


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