NORMAN — Oklahoma’s 2021 freshman class showed up and showed out on Saturday during the Sooners’ annual Red/White Game.
Quarterback Caleb Williams was terrific — as good as advertised, maybe somehow even better — and completed 10-of-11 passes. Jordan Mukes led the team with six tackles. Latrell McCutchin also started against the No. 1 offense next to Mukes. From Ethan Downs to Clayton Smith to Nathan Rawlins-Kibonge to Cody Jackson to walk-on quarterback Ben Harris, everyone had their name called.
But two newcomers elevated themselves beyond just playing time, beyond just making plays with the starters.
On offense, Mario Williams led OU with five receptions, posted a team-high 84 receiving yards, and paced all Sooners in crowd roars. And on defense and special teams, Billy Bowman popped a 45-yard kickoff return — in a scrimmage where live tackling was not allowed on special teams — and broke up a pass on the goal line to save a touchdown.
Williams, 5-foot-9 and 181 pounds from Tampa, showed explosiveness, elusiveness, raw speed, strength, hands and ability to get off the line. He also lost a fumble on an end around. His reception on a deep post from Spencer Rattler not only saved a certain interception by D.J. Graham, but it resulted in a 50-yard gain.
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