The Norman Transcript


August 9, 2009

Madu will have more chances at new position

When a player changes position late in his career, it’s often an act of desperation. For whatever reason, the initial evaluation didn’t plan out or the talent simply wasn’t there.

That’s not the reason Oklahoma’s Mossis Madu was moved from running back to receiver.

“We want to get the ball in his hands,” OU offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson said.

For the last two seasons, Madu has been a very talented player playing behind two very talented players. Chris Brown and DeMarco Murray have comprised one of the best running back tandems in the program’s rich history. Both rushed for over 1,000 yards last season and could do it again if they remain healthy this season.

But Madu showed he was on their level. After Murray went down with a hamstring injury in last year’s Big 12 championship game, Madu ripped off a career high 114 yards and three touchdowns. There’s no doubt he can do great things with the ball.

It was the reason Madu spent the spring working at wide receiver. He’s proven he’s a quality running back. It was his chance to prove he can also be a versatile player.

The fact Madu wasn’t cut from a classic mold helped draw the Sooner coaching staffs’ attention when he was at Norman High. The coaches also saw his potential as a receiver. There was some experimentation with it last season.

But a full-time switch wasn’t mentioned until last spring. There’s no doubt OU’s having to replace three wide receivers from last year’s team opened some opportunities.

“It’s another way for me to get on the field,” Madu said. “When you have guys like Chris and DeMarco in front of you, it’s going to be hard to get all three equal reps. I’m just happy they’re trying to get me on the field.”

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