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Twelve Impact Offensive Players To Watch In The Big 12: Oklahoma Running Back Damien Williams

Williams was Oklahoma's homerun threat from game one.


After a successful stop on the JUCO lever, Damien Williams came to Oklahoma (via Arizona Western) with a lot of fanfare. It didn't take him very long to establish himself as a serious threat either. His 65-yard touchdown run against UTEP, in game one, sealed up a Sooner victory.

At 5-11/211, Williams has the ability to be a power type runner who can lower his head and bowl forward for short yardage when needed. However, he's much more than a three-yards-in-a-cloud-of-dust guy. Everyone remembers his record-breaking 95-yard jaunt against Texas, but long touchdown runs became the norm for him in 2012. In addition to the UTEP and Texas touchdowns, he went 89-yards against Florida A&M, 48-yards against West Virginia and 66-yards against TCU.

In his first year with the team, Williams led the Sooners with 946 yards on 176 carries. Showing his versatility, he also caught 34 passes for 320 yards and crossed the goal line a combined 12 times.

Oklahoma returns an experienced offensive line this fall and if rumors of a renewed focus on a successful rushing attack are true then Williams easily becomes a player to watch this season as he looks to become a 1,000 yard plus back in 2013.

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