Oklahoma Football 2011: Previewing Bob Stoops' Running Back by Committee

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Oklahoma Football 2011: Previewing Bob Stoops' Running Back by Committee
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I know it hurts to hear it, but we as Oklahoma Sooners fans must move on from the DeMarco Murray era. Because such an immense talent is leaving, coach Bob Stoops looks to have multiple running backs in the backfield this fall.

Sure, many pundits will criticize Bob Stoops for using multiple backs, but historically it makes quite a bit of sense, and it has worked before.

When Adrian Peterson was injured, the likes of Allen Patrick, Chris Brown and Jacob Gutierrez produced more yards while he was on the bench.

Why is this?

It’s common practice to have multiple running backs coming in with fresh legs sharing the load. When this is done it makes it harder for opposing coaches to game-plan against you.

With each Sooner running back this season having a different style, look for quarterback Landry Jones to settle down in hostile environments—something he has had trouble doing in the past.

During the 2010 season, the Sooners rushing game finished seventh in the Big 12 with 138 yards per game. Don’t expect the Sooners to finish any worse than third in that category this upcoming season with a backfield like this.

Thanks to the recruiting tactics of my hero, Coach Stoops, the Sooners now have an embarrassment of riches. Because of this, I am more than happy to present this slideshow previewing the Sooner backfield for the 2011 season.

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