Friday, September 21, 2012
Who will transform tomorrow: Week 4
By David Ubben
It's easy to focus on new faces. The old ones, of course, are boring, right?
Juco running back Damien Williams has already made a big impact and a case as Oklahoma's best running back.
Freshman Trey Metoyer entered the season with plenty of folks (ahem) picking him to lead the Sooners in receiving.
So far, though? It's been all about the old guys in crimson and cream. Against Kansas State on Saturday, Oklahoma's Kenny Stills will transform and remind everyone why he's the elder statesman in the Sooner receiving corps.
Along the way, Oklahoma will collect a win, thanks to another big game from Stills.
Much of the talk this season in Norman has centered around the Belldozer, or the struggles on the offensive line or discussing whether Landry Jones is a franchise quarterback.
Stills? All he's done is quietly rack up 241 yards receiving and a pair of scores. Somehow, his contributions have gone underappreciated.
Through two games, he's got 154 more receiving yards than any other Sooner and is third in the Big 12, behind only West Virginia's Stedman Bailey and Baylor's Terrance Williams.
He's got 120 yards in two consecutive games, something he's never done in an Oklahoma uniform. Saturday night, he'll make it three, the first time in his career he's notched three consecutive 100-yard receiving games.
Stills grabbed four balls for 101 yards against Kansas State last year, and on Saturday night, the Sooners will need him to stretch the field. Can K-State cornerbacks Allen Chapman and Nigel Malone run with him?
I'm betting no. It's going to get tough for Oklahoma on Saturday night, and Jones will look to his most familiar target. Jones is completing 76.2 percent of his pass attempts to Stills, and just 55.8 percent to the rest of the team's receivers, according to ESPN Stats and Info.
Jones may not know the numbers, but you're crazy if you don't think he feels that familiarity. He'll fall back on Stills on Saturday, and Stills will be there for his quarterback, ready to transform Oklahoma back into the Big 12's best team.