Thursday, December 18, 2014
Oklahoma Offense vs. Texas A&M Defense
RB Allen Patrick isn't as big or as strong as Adrian Peterson, but that's not saying much because Peterson is arguably the toughest back in the nation to bring down. The reality is Patrick has shown impressive toughness and surprisingly good power, so Oklahoma hasn't had to adjust its run-heavy approach without Peterson in the lineup. Patrick lacks ideal elusiveness, but he is a north-south runner who has proven capable of handling a heavy load with 71 carries in the past two games. This week Patrick faces a Texas A&M linebacker corps that has done a poor job of tackling at times. If linebackers Justin Warren and Misi Tupe don't wrap up upon contact, Patrick should make them pay. He is fast enough to break some long runs when he is able to get into the open field. Of course, it's important to recognize the role the offensive line has played in the smooth transition. While that line shouldn't dominate the line of scrimmage working against an Aggies' defensive front that has good size, it should continue to create seams for Patrick. The front five are doing a good job of getting into position and sustaining blocks when they aren't driving defenders off the ball. It's also worth noting that massive DT Red Bryant missed last week's game with unspecified injuries and may not be available this week. Bryant is Texas A&M's best interior run stuffer and would be sorely missed if he can't go.
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