NORMAN, Okla. -- A look at positives and negatives from Oklahoma's 69-13 win Saturday over Florida A&M.
1. Kenny Stills. The junior slot receiver has quickly established himself as Landry Jones’ go-to receiver with back-to-back 100-yard games to start the season. Stills gashed the Rattlers with 120 receiving yards on 10 catches and a 16-yard touchdown grab.
2. Damien Williams. The junior college running back is off to a blistering start in his FBS career. Williams scored four touchdowns on his first eight carries and finished with 156 yards rushing, including an 89-yard touchdown on his first carry of the second half. While Dominique Whaley has started the first two games, Williams has been OU’s best back.
3. OU defensive line. A week after helping make UTEP running back Nathan Jeffery the Conference USA Offensive Player of the Week, the OU defensive line rebounded with a strong performance against the Rattlers. The Sooners held the Rattlers to 2.2 yards per carry on the ground and sacked Florida A&M QBs five times. The unit also expects to get starting defensive tackle Casey Walker back Monday. Walker has been away from the team the last two weeks due to a personal issue.
1. Dominique Whaley. This was not the start to the season Whaley had been hoping for. For the second week, Whaley put the ball on the ground, resulting in him being benched for two quarters. He did return in the fourth quarter to rush for a 4-yard touchdown. But so far fellow running back Damien Williams has outplayed him.
2. Tony Jefferson. The OU junior free safety suffered a sprained ankle in the first quarter. He tried to come back a possession later, after getting the ankle taped, and aggravated the injury. The good news is that the Sooners have a week off and time for Jefferson to heal. But sprained ankles sometimes can linger.
3. OU’s schedule. The Sooners’ schedule looks more and more challenging. OU’s next opponent, Kansas State, demolished Miami 52-13 Saturday. The Wildcats haven’t won at Owen Field since 1997 and got drilled by OU 55-17 last season, but they’ll arrive in Norman with plenty of confidence.