Enters his 16th season as OU’s running backs coach, giving him the seccond-longest active tenure at one BCS school in that capacity behind only Oregon’s Gary Campbell (31st season).
Former OU quarterback owns a distinguished pedigree of performers who have excelled in the NFL ranks, including 2012 NFL MVP and six-time Pro Bowler Adrian Peterson, as well as DeMarco Murray, who earned a Pro Bowl berth following the 2013 campaign.
Thanks in large part to his running backs in 2013, the Sooners registered their best rushing season (223.9 ypg) since 1991, an improvement of 62.5 ypg from 2012. OU averaged 5.2 yards per carry in 2013 and boasted eight games with 200 or more rushing yards. The Sooners also led the Big 12 in time of possession (32:18).
Big plays were a staple of OU ground game in 2013 as the Sooners racked up 90 runs of 10+ yards, 24 more than just one year earlier. Brennan Clay ranked third in the Big 12, averaging 6.6 yards per carry, led OU with 25 runs of 10+ yards and registered a career-high 200 rushing yards in a 41-31 win at Kansas State (11/23/13).
JUCO transfer Damien Williams earned All-Big 12 Second Team honors under Gundy in 2012, while walk-on Dominique Whaley led OU in rushing in 2011 with three 100-yard outings in seven games.
In 2010, DeMarco Murray broke Steve Owens’ 41-year-old OU record for career TDs, Joe Washington’s 35-year-old mark for all-purpose yards and OU’s single-season mark for catches by a running back (71). Murray’s 1,571 career receiving yards are also an Oklahoma RB record.
Chris Brown and Murray become the first OU players on the same roster to eclipse 40 career TDs during the 2009 season. They also became the sixth pair in OU annals to rush for over 2,000 career yards.
In 2008, OU had two 1,000-yard rushers in Murray and Brown. OU rushed for 205.5 ypg and averaged 4.8 yards per carry. The 2007 season saw three different backs eclipse the 500-yard mark, led by Allen Patrick with 1,097. Murray was a Freshman All-American.
In 2005, coached his third 1,000-yard rusher and saw two different backs log 100-yard games for second straight season.
In 2004, Adrian Peterson set the NCAA freshman rushing record with 1,925 yards, the best single-season mark in Oklahoma history.
Adept at securing the ball, Gundy's 2004 backs logged 48 receptions for 377 yards and rarely lost a fumble (OU lost only nine as a team).
No Oklahoma running back lost a fumble under Gundy’s watch in 2002.
Coached 2003 OU backs to 1,896 yards. The backfield hauled in 54 passes for three TDs. Oklahoma’s running backs were charged with just two fumbles lost.
Coached Quentin Griffin, who ranks as the second-leading rusher in OU history with 3,756 yards. In 2002, he gained 1,884 yards (No. 6 NCAA/134.6 ypg). Griffin became the Sooners’ first 1,000-yard rusher since 1998 and also finished his career with 169 receptions for 1,571 yards, the highest totals by a running by in OU history.
In 2000, OU backs produced 32 rushing TDs, up from 15 in 1999. First team All-Big 12 Griffin scored 16 of those, including six against Texas to set a Sooner record.
Brennan Clay (Oklahoma)
DeMarco Murray (Oklahoma), Cowboys, All-Big 12
Allen Patrick (Oklahoma), Browns
Adrian Peterson (Oklahoma), Vikings, Consensus All-American; highest finishing freshman (second) in the history of the Heisman Trophy.
Quentin Griffin (Oklahoma), First team All-Big 12; Second team All-American
ACCOMPLISHMENTS AS A PLAYER
Held virtually all of the Sooners' single-game, single-season and career passing records until they were re-written by Josh Heupel (1999-2000) and Jason White (2000-04) and Sam Bradford (2007-09).
Paced the Sooners to a 31-13-2 record in his four seasons and was all-conference as a senior.
One of only four OU quarterbacks to throw for more than 4,000 yards (Bradford, Heupel, White).
First team All-Big Eight as a senior.
Big Eight Offensive Newcomer of the Year after setting passing marks for completions (54), attempts (109) and yards (904).