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Can OU’s Offense Hit the Ground Running

Can OU’s Offense Hit the Ground Running

perine tulsaLast Saturday against Tulsa OU rushed for a season-high 286 yards. Not bad, but considering it was against a defense which ranks 110th in the country it was to be expected. In fact, 85 of those yards can be attributed to Baker Mayfield, who had his coming out party against the Golden Hurricane. Through three games, Samaje Perine has only rushed for 100 yards or more once, and Joe Mixon hasn’t reached the century mark all season long. Offensive Coordinator Lincoln Reily says, “We were shaper. Early on we were kind of the same; there were some holes there that we missed. There were some times there the run was there and we missed one block.” Getting away with mistakes against Tulsa is one thing, against West Virgina OU will have to be fine-tuned. The Sooners are averaging 182 yards per game while the Mountaineers are giving up 143.5 yards in each contest. Red Shirt Senior offensive linemen Derek Farniok knows for OU to have the success they want that area has to get better. “We’ve got to improve our run game; we’ve always got to improve that.”
While this team is not perfect, they are 3 and 0, and even though no one in Norman is satisfied there is optimism that problems can and will be fixed. The offensive line last week was patched together due to injuries, and Bill Bedenbaugh says as a unit they can get better. “Continue to work, continue to rep, continue to drill things over and over again.” “From the first game to the third game they’ve obviously improved, so going forward you would expect them to continue to improve.” While Mayfield has the belief of the Sooner Nation, his coaches would prefer him not have to put up historical numbers every week to win. So while there is no game this Saturday it is not an off week, and Bob Stoops and his staff are determined to run the ball.

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