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Roundtable: Three thoughts on FAMU-OU

9/9/2012

After Oklahoma's game every week this season, the SoonerNation staff will look at the most impressive thing from the game, the biggest concern from the game and an interesting storyline moving forward.

On Oklahoma's 69-13 win over Florida A&M:

What impressed me most: Damien Williams running the football. Yes, it was Florida A&M. But Williams now has five touchdowns in two games. Most impressively, Williams is getting it done in a variety of ways -- running through defenders between the tackles and breaking off long runs to the outside. So far, Williams has been as good as any player on the roster.

What concerned me most: Dominique Whaley is not quite back to form. He put the football on the ground for the second straight week, which earned him a benching until the fourth quarter. It should have been expected that Whaley would be a little rusty. But the Sooners are going to need him, and with Kansas State on deck, quick.

The most interesting storyline going forward: In the immediate future, how the Sooners stack up against the run. Specifically, K-State's running game. The Wildcats rolled over Miami 52-13, and might be better than pundits projected them in the preseason. The onus will be on OU's defensive line to hold up against the Wildcats and Collin Klein, who is playing as well as any QB in the country.

- Jake Trotter

What impressed me most: The play of Justin Brown. The Penn State transfer showed his competitiveness on multiple long punt returns and a long reception from Landry Jones. Brown's size allows him to be physical on punt returns in a fashion that Ryan Broyles was unable to match in previous years. Brown's early punt return, in which he stepped out inside the five-yard-line, showed toughness and balance. His confidence when returning punts is obvious and could be a game-changer in close games this season.

What concerned me most: Not winning the turnover battle. Playing against an inferior opponent, OU was minus-1 in turnover margin. Dominique Whaley's fumble and Landry Jones interception accounted for the Sooners' two turnovers. For this to be a championship season in Norman, the Sooners must win the turnover battle consistently.

The most interesting storyline going forward: Damien Williams. The junior running back has gotten his OU career off with a bang, averaging 13.96 yards per carry. He simply brings a unique combination of toughness, versatility and athleticism to the Sooners backfield. Williams will be fun to watch as his role on the offense expands in 2012.

- Brandon Chatmon

What impressed me most: Kenny Stills. The trendy thing is to say running back Damien Williams is the most impressive thing, but I still believe it's the emergence of Kenny Stills as the No. 1 receiver. Through two games, Stills has 16 catches for 241 yards and two touchdowns. And more than that, he is doing the little things to show he wants to be the leader. The chemistry was better with Landry Jones and the younger receivers Saturday so that will help moving forward. But Stills is a big reason OU didn't slip up in its two most winnable games.

What concerned me most: Is OU ready for the step up in competition? Have UTEP and Florida A&M prepared the Sooners enough for a quality Kansas State club? The same Wildcats team that put up 52 points against Miami (Fla.) on Saturday. That was only the sixth time in school history Miami has given up more than 50 points. KSU gets another week of game action in with a home date against North Texas next week to get even more rhythm heading into the showdown with the Sooners in two weeks. OU dominated Collin Klein and the Wildcats last year, don't think for a second KSU hasn't forgotten that.

The most interesting storyline going forward: Excitement in the special teams? That's a storyline OU fans haven't had for a while and is definitely interesting moving forward. But look at Justin Brown. Three punt returns for 102 yards, including a 62-yarder. He was close to getting the Sooners' first return for a touchdown since Ryan Broyles had a punt return touchdown against Oklahoma State in 2009. When Brown touches the ball, there is some excitement in the air again. He has not disappointed so far and accounted for 157 total yards against Florida A&M.

- Bob Przybylo