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Despite Slow Start, Oklahoma RB Jovantae Barnes is Ready for More Opportunities

Oklahoma offensive coordinator Jeff Lebby said getting running backs Jovantae Barnes and Gavin Sawchuk more involved will be an emphasis against Tulsa.

NORMAN — Jovantae Barnes is used to waiting.

Last year as a freshman, Barnes was patient. He logged his first double-digit carry game at Oklahoma in Nebraska, carrying the ball 13 times for 77 yards in OU’s 49-14 drubbing of the Cornhuskers.

The next week, he didn’t touch the ball against Kansas State before breaking out with 18 rushed for 100 yards and two touchdowns in Week 5 against TCU.

Barnes finished the year as the Sooners’ No. 2 back behind Eric Gray, rushing for 519 yards.

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