Saturday night's game against Colorado was a glimpse of the future in more ways than one. Not only were Sooner fans able to get a glimpse of what the offense will look like without Adrian Peterson in the backfield a few other back-ups received significant playing time as well.
We've already covered Allen Patrick's 110 rushing yards against a defense that had not allowed a 100 yard rusher all season. Reggie Smith only played on obvious passing downs giving way to Nic Harris to start the game at strong safety. Harris had a monster game highlighted by a hit on Colorado quarterback Bernard Jackson that resulted in an interception.
Curtis Lofton made his first career start at linebacker and was more than solid. Lofton started in place of Demarrio Pleasant who suffered a broken finger earlier in the week.
After Branndon Braxton went down with a broken leg in the third quarter true freshman Trent Williams stepped at right tackle and the Sooners didn't miss a beat.
This shows not only the quality of the Sooners depth but the success of their recruiting. Even with four starters on the mend this team is capable of winning and dominating.
Reggie Smith Back to Practice
Bob Stoops said Sunday that Reggie Smith should return to practice this week and expected to return to his starting position at strong safety Saturday.