What’s up, Sooner Nation? In 29 days, we won’t be talking about practice, but actual games! The Oklahoma Sooners’ first fall practice was today, so there should be plenty of notes to come out over the coming weeks. While you wait for camp updates, stick around and let our Countdown to Kickoff help you pass the time! Today, I’ll be talking about wide receiver Will Peoples and running back Chris Brown, two No. 29’s and two models of consistency.
Beginning with Will Peoples, the Humble, TX native began his Sooner career in 2000. After a redshirt year during Oklahoma’s national championship run, Peoples saw the field mostly on special teams coverage units. At the time, the Sooners’ receiving corps was deep, but Peoples worked extremely hard to earn himself more playing time.
In 2002, Peoples established himself as the team’s leading receiver with 571 yards. That season would prove to be Peoples’ career best in terms of yardage, primarily because of the emergence of Mark Clayton as Jason White’s go-to receiver.
Peoples wrapped up his college career following the 2004 season with a career total of 1,094 receiving yards and six touchdowns. Check out the longest touchdown reception of his career, which came against Iowa State in 2003.
Two seasons after Peoples hung up his pads in Norman, a running back from Alexandria, Louisiana donned the No. 29. Chris Brown was a back who was capable of being a workhorse, but for the bulk of his career he didn’t have to be, because he had the luxury of sharing the backfield with some incredible talents like Adrian Peterson, Allen Patrick and DeMarco Murray.
Brown was the perfect back for Sooner offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson’s offense. Sure, he could run the ball just fine, but he was also an exceptional back in the receiving game. His soft hands and savvy route running ability allowed Oklahoma to remain versatile while he was on the field.
From 2006 to 2009, Brown rushed for 42 touchdowns and 2,923 yards, including a career best 1,220 yard campaign in ‘08. Speaking of that 2008 season, his 20 rushing TDs that year rank sixth all-time in program history for most rushing scores in a single season, just three shy of Heisman Trophy winners Steve Owens and Billy Sims’ record marks.
He may not have been the biggest or the flashiest tailback during his time with the Sooners, but Chris Brown was undeniably an instrumental piece of Oklahoma’s abundance of success.
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