OU football: Lincoln Riley says he's 'very happy' with running back group
NORMAN — It’s no secret that Sooners coach Lincoln Riley wasn’t happy with the way his team ran the ball against Missouri State in the season opener.
Running the ball figures to be at a premium in this Saturday’s game against Kansas State (11 a.m., Fox), though Riley wasn’t about to entertain how much better OU could be in the running game if Kennedy Brooks hadn’t decided to opt-out of this season.
Brooks has back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons.
“I’m very happy with the running back corps that we have, so we have plenty of talent there to play well, and I expect it to get a lot better,” Riley said Monday when asked about Brooks’ absence.
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Riley reiterated that the running game didn’t have massive problems against the Bears in the opener, but that it was usually one or two players not handling their assignments that led to issues.
“I don’t think there was one constant problem other than we didn’t get all 11 doing their job at a high level consistently,” Riley said. “In offensive football, if you don’t do that, it’s going to show up.”
The Sooners were without T.J. Pledger, who is listed atop the depth chart at the position, for the opener. Redshirt freshman Marcus Major and freshman Seth McGowan handled the majority of carries for OU in that game.