Not much was memorable from John Blake’s tenure at Oklahoma, but De’Mond Parker served as a much-needed bright spot from 1996-98. Parker ran for 3,403 yards with 21 touchdowns on 5.9 yards per carry in his three seasons at OU, and he is currently seventh on the school’s all-time rushing list. His career undoubtedly would’ve been even more productive had his battle with asthma not limited his number of carries.
Parker left Norman for the NFL after three seasons, having never played in a bowl game. One can only wonder what Bob Stoops’ 1999 team would have looked like had Parker decided to stick around. Sure, he would’ve had fewer carries in Mike Leach’s offense, but he would’ve made that offense a bit more two-dimensional at the very least. The 1999 team lost some close games and blew some big early leads, so the Sooners could’ve come away with eight or nine wins that year (as opposed to seven) with Parker in the backfield.