Hello again, Sooner Nation! Kickoff for Oklahoma Sooners football is only 26 days away, so for today’s edition of our countdown we are spotlighting former OU running back Damien Williams.
Williams, originally from San Diego, California, took the junior college route at Arizona Western College before signing with the Sooners in 2012. Oklahoma wasn’t returning a go-to guy in the backfield that season, so the opportunity was immediate for Williams. After impressing the coaches throughout the spring and fall camps with his knack for explosive plays, Damien worked his way into the rotation before eventually becoming the definitive starter.
Even though the lifetime of Damien Williams’s career is not as storied as many others’ have been, some of the stats and facts of his time here are still quite astonishing. His 156 yards against Florida A&M stand as a school record for the most rushing yards in an OU player’s home debut. He was also the only player in the FBS to have four runs of 65 yards or more during the 2012 season.
Oh, and I almost forgot to mention . . . he holds the record for the longest rush in OU-Texas series history with this beautiful 95 yard burst! And did Kenny Stills get that guy good or what? Good grief.
For his career totals, Williams finished with 1,499 rushing yards and 18 rushing TDs. After being suspended for a violation of team rules one too many times, Williams’s football career at Oklahoma was cut a bit short. Nevertheless, Damien was still allowed to attend OU’s pro day and perform for attending NFL scouts. Although he went undrafted, he signed a contract with the Miami Dolphins and is still with the team.