The Norman Transcript


September 10, 2013

Next two weeks critical time for Bell, Sooners



In Tulsa, OU has an opponent it should blow off the field. The Golden Hurricane may still be the best Conference USA has to offer, but shouldn’t be in the Sooners’ league.

That means, between right now and Saturday would be a fabulous time to really figure out what it is you want to do offensively.

I tried to get Stoops to commit Tuesday to his most productive back, Brennan Clay, being his feature back. Of course he wouldn’t.

“Yeah,” he said, the Sooners have a feature back. “Brennan Clay, Damien Williams, Roy Finch and Trey Millard. Call it what you want to. I’m calling it we rushed for 300 yards.”

Of course, the issue isn’t whether everybody plays, it’s that Clay’s averaging 7.1 yards per attempt, but Williams, at 4.4, has carried the ball seven more times.

But the past’s the past. 

What’s important now is the Sooners have a chance to figure everything out.

If Clay’s the man, treat him like the man. Don’t pull him in the second half of a third quarter he’s already dominating. 

If Millard needs more touches, give them to him. If he doesn’t, don’t. Just come to an understanding.

It’s a funny thing, but Knight’s knee injury may end up being a great thing for this team this season, and a great thing for Knight down the line.

It means the more experienced quarterback has a chance to grab the job and play well heading into a momentous stretch. 

It also means the guy who the coaches clearly have tons of confidence in, Knight, doesn’t have to process losing the job on the (de)merits, but on an injury, which shouldn’t bother him too much. It also means, next time around, whether it’s next month or his redshirt junior season, he’ll be better equipped to handle the pressure of being OU’s starting quarterback.

Pretty much, you can spin anything this team’s going through in a positive direction, because that’s what you get to do when your defense gives up only seven points in two games.

All things are possible.

So the Sooners have Tulsa and some time on their hands.

Make use of it and everything should only get better.

These are heady days.

Clay Horning

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