5 Biggest Impact Players For The Oklahoma Sooners So Far
Sooners That Have Made An Impact So Far
The Oklahoma Sooners had a slow start to their 2012 season. A less than stellar performance at UTEP followed by the typical romping of Florida A&M led to the meltdown in game 3.After the loss to the Kansas State Wildcats at home, many people had doubts that the Sooners were going to even win 8 games this year. Landry Jones looked uninspired and his turnovers weren’t doing anything to help the outlook.
Cue resurgence and a Sooners team who have turned the tide and have been playing good football offensively again. This was what was expected from Sooners at the beginning of the season. They beat a good Texas Tech in Lubbock and turned the Red River Shootout into the Red River Blowout for the second year in a row.
The Sooner defense was simplified and the mental attitude of the team has been adjusted since Mike Stoops’ return as the defensive coordinator. But the defense couldn’t do it alone so whatever motivation the offense has been getting to bring on the improvement, it couldn’t have come at a better time. They have key games coming up; including the Top 10 matchup against Notre Dame, so keeping up this momentum will be a huge factor for the rest of the Sooners’ season.
Besides Jones’ newly found confidence there have been several Sooner players stepping it up a notch at the midway point in the season. Let’s take a look at the rest of the Sooners that have made an impact so far.
What Can Brown Do For You?
Justin Brown – The Penn State transfer has made an instant impact for the Sooners on both the special teams and the offense. As a receiver, Brown only has 227 yards and 2 touchdowns but has become another lethal weapon for QB Landry Jones to utilize when it comes to wide out. His lengthy kickoff returns have also added a missing piece the Sooners have needed to revitalize the special teams
Low-Key Corner Leader Of The Defense
Aaron Colvin – The cornerback has become one of the leaders on the Sooner defense with his outstanding plays and coverage. He has 20 tackles on the season, and two interceptions, both of them coming in back to back games. The defense has played consistent and it looks like the Mike Stoops effect has made an impact in Norman very quickly.
Breakout Running Back
Damien Williams – Williams has emerged as the breakthrough running back for the Sooners much like Dom Whaley did in 2011. He is averaging 100 yards a game so far and has 508 yards and 6 six touchdowns. He had an explosive 95-yard TD run on Saturday that left jaws open. Keeping Williams healthy and protected should be a key for the Sooners offense.
Kenny Stills – What a difference a year makes. Stills has emerged as one of the offensive team leaders. The receiver seems to have his head back in the game and it shows both in his attitude and on the field. He has 381 yards so far on only 32 receptions. His longest was a 68-yarder and is averaging almost 12 yards per carry. His block down field for Williams on his 95-yard run was one of the most underrated plays of Saturday’s Red River Shootout.
Blake Bell – The Belldozer package has once again been a very effective piece to the 3rd and short game for the Sooners offense. Bell put up four touchdowns last Saturday against the Longhorns, 2 against Texas Tech and 1 against Kansas State.