Joe Mixon Could Have An Early Impact For Oklahoma Football

By Dan Kelley
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The Oklahoma Sooners don’t project to have too many issues in 2014, provided that QB Trevor Knight can play nearly as well as he did in the Sooners’ Sugar Bowl win over the Alabama Crimson Tide last season. After that game, Knight became a household name in the world of college football, and Oklahoma instantly became a national title contender in 2014.

But that doesn’t mean that the Sooners don’t have a few questions to answer. Like, for example, who will emerge as the starting running back with Brennan Clay and Damien Williams both off to the NFL? Oklahoma has a few options, but certainly the running back position is the best opportunity for a freshman to come in and contribute immediately. And the Sooners have just the guy to do that in five-star California prospect Joe Mixon.

Mixon is an all-purpose back with great size and speed. He excels in the open field, and will also provide Oklahoma with a decent receiver out of the back field.

In addition to earning a five-star rating in 247 Sports’ composite rankings, Mixon was also selected as a U.S. Army All-American last year. He  also had a prodigious list of offers that included most of the elite programs from all the major conferences. To name just a few, Mixon chose Oklahoma over offers from the Florida State Seminoles, the Auburn Tigers and the rival Texas Longhorns.

Talent like Mixon’s demands early playing time, almost regardless of who else is on the depth chart. But for the Sooners, running back is a position of need. Mixon should see the field early and often and could help lead the Sooners to the top of the college football world in 2014.

Dan Kelley covers Big 12 football for RantSports.com. You can follow him on Twitter @DKelley_CFB or “Like” him on Facebook.

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