What looked like a one-game suspension now appears to be a lot more. Starting running back Damien Williams has been removed from the team, according to John Shinn of the Norman Transcript:
SToops: Damien Williams has been removed from the team. Bester served a one-game suspension and will return to practice today.— John Shinn (@john_shinn) November 25, 2013
Williams, a senior who is second on the team with 553 rushing yards, was suspended for last week's game against Kansas State after violating team rules. Senior wide receiver Lacoltan Bester was given the same punishment and wasn't active in the win over the Wildcats.
Well, this is a shocking turn of events and not exactly what Oklahoma needed with a road trip to Oklahoma State coming up in a week.
How much will Oklahoma miss Damien Williams against Oklahoma State?
The Sooners are looking to win their third straight game of the season against a highly ranked Oklahoma State squad. If the Sooners manage to pull off the upset, they may climb high enough in the BCS rankings to qualify for a BCS bowl.
But it won't be easy without Williams on the field. He was averaging close to five yards per carry and was fresh off his best performance of the season against Iowa State, when he ran for 128 yards and two touchdowns.
Luckily, Oklahoma received a well-needed boost from running back Brennan Clay, who carried the ball 31 times for 200 yards and two scores in the win over Kansas State. Freshman quarterback Trevor Knight also played at a high level in the road victory.
With Clay likely receiving the bulk of the carries once again, running back Roy Finch should also see an expanded role. The senior has touched the ball a combined 16 times in the last two games and has provided 66 yards.
Overall, it's going to take another team effort if the Sooners are going to end the regular season with a win.