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Oklahoma Football: Damien Williams Comes Up Big in Home Opener

NORMAN, OK - SEPTEMBER 8: Running back Damien Williams #26 of the Oklahoma Sooners tries to outrun defensive back Antwain Mathews #16 of the Florida A&M Rattlers on September 8, 2012 at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. Oklahoma won 69-13. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)
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Jacob KeyesCorrespondent IIOctober 31, 2016

Oklahoma has had some great running backs in their history, but none have had a better home debut than junior Damien Williams.

On Saturday against Florida A&M, the junior college transfer ran for 156 yards and four touchdowns. He also proved once again to have some big-play ability with his 89-yard touchdown in the third quarter.

Through two games, Williams has scored five times and rushed for 260 yards on only 19 carries. His 13.7 yards per carry is the third best in the nation through two weeks. His performance Saturday was enough to earn him National Running Back of the Week honors from the College Football Performance Awards.

Last season at Arizona Western, Williams was a JUCO All-American and led the nation in rushing. He may not accomplish the same feat this year, but then again, he just might.

He has already accomplished things that haven't been accomplished at Oklahoma in quite a while.

Williams is the first back to rush for over 100 yards in each of his first two games of his career at Oklahoma since Adrian Peterson in 2004.

He's also the first back at Oklahoma to register back-to-back 100-yard rushing games since Demarco Murray did so in 2010.

His 89-yard touchdown run was the longest for the Sooners since Demarco Murray's 92-yarder against Utah State in 2007.

The impressive thing about Williams thus far has been his ability to pick up big yards in multiple ways. He's shown he can do it between the tackles, in traffic and on the outside.

Despite his change to a more up-tempo offense, which is drastically different from what he was used to in junior college, he has still been able to impress coaches with how quickly he has picked up the blocking schemes. In Oklahoma's pass-happy offense, that alone will give him an opportunity to stay on the field.

Thanks to the emergence of Williams, the Sooners now have depth at a position that was considered a question mark coming into the season.

Dominique Whaley is still trying to find his consistency while coming back from last year's season-ending injury, but has been fairly impressive, averaging 5.6 yards per carry in the first two games. He still needs to focus on holding on to the ball, but that is typical of a guy coming back from a serious injury.

Williams has been impressive despite running behind a subpar offensive line. Having a back that can make people miss is extremely important to an offense that has a tough time blocking.

If that line does find a way to improve as the season goes on, you can expect even bigger things from the Sooners' newest star.

Nothing will make Oklahoma fans happier than to see the Sooners put up some big plays and big numbers in the running game. Through two games, Williams has provided exactly that and then some.

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