April 23, 2007

Peterson is gone but RBs get stronger

Everyone who followed Oklahoma football knew there was something special about Oklahoma's running back stable even before spring football began. The loss of Adrian Peterson would certainly be a blow to any team in college football.

But the Sooners had already proven they could produce without Peterson in the lineup when Allen Patrick stepped up to take over the reins after the sure-fire first-round draft pick broke his collarbone just six games into the 2006 season.

Oklahoma entered the spring with Patrick, Chris Brown and Jacob Gutierrez as proven commodities. But there was still a major surprise in store for Kevin Wilson and Cale Gundy. That surprise was the play of Demarco Murray, who made everyone stand up and take notice.

If anyone wanted to see the term 'embarrassment of riches' defined. No one could have described it more accurately than Oklahoma's tailbacks this spring.

SoonerScoop.com Editor Carey Murdock takes a look at the running back position and how it fared in preparation for the 2007 season in our first of many looks inside the Sooner huddle.

Allen Patrick - Patrick didn't see a lot of action this spring. But maybe he shouldn't have given way to Murray or Chris Brown after watching their performances this spring.

Patrick certainly is a proven player after rushing for 761 yards in '06. There shouldn't be a question as to whether Patrick is the starter heading into the fall, but there are questions about his game after watching him play extensively last season.

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