How will Perine be used in 2015?
The best part of the Oklahoma offense a season ago was its running game.
But heading into the 2015 season, Bob Stoops has hired an offensive coordinator who prefers the short-passing game.
What doe this mean for record-setter Samaje Perine?
Well, Lincoln Riley, believer in the "Air Raid" offense and the new Oklahoma offensive coordinator said Perine will continue to be used, despite the heavy offseason talk about who would be the next Sooner quarterback.
Perine ran for 1,713 yards and 21 touchdowns a season ago as a freshman and he wasn't even the starter early in the season and was also the victim of an offense that never really made up its mind about what it would be in 2014. For instance, Perine had 427 yards against Kansas, an NCAA single-game record, yet only had five carries against Baylor and just nine against Tenneessee.
"He's really trimmed up a bit," Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said last week at Big 12 Media Days in Dallas. "He's probably lost five pounds, but he's faster and still has the same strength.
And while Riley is a pass-first kind of guy, the good news is in five seasons as the offensive coordinator at East Carolina, the Pirates had two 1,000-yard rushers and twice more had players go for more than 800 yards.
Hard to imagine Perine wouldn't be the feature back for the Sooners, however, OU also has Alex Ross, who rushed for nearly 600 yards, and newcomer Joe Mixon, many are expecting to be a contributor.
"Joe is a guy that provides and athleticism that's unmatched," quarterback Trevor Knight said to The Oklahoman. "He's so multiple. He can catch the ball. He's powerful, he's quick. He has a lot of different things that he can bring to the table."
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