Damien Williams Press Conference

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
SEPTEMBER 03, 2013

Oklahoma Football
Running Back Damien Williams
Sept. 3, 2013

On the tempo of the offense:
“It is good for us, just because we know we are doing. Its harder for the defense because they have to keep looking at their cards on the sidelines while we just catch on and get all the facts.”

On going from a passing offense to rushing offense:
“Not at all, when I signed up, Landry [Jones] was here and the transition to Blake [Bell] or Trevor [Knight] just because those guys can do things with their feet and they can also throw the ball. It’s a little bit more of what we can do to run, also.”

On seeing more opportunities on film:
“Of course. The more we run the ball, the more we are successful. The safeties start looking up in the backfield and players are able to get on top of them. I feel like it is great for us and the receivers at the same time.”

On if there’s a rivalry between receivers and running backs:
“Not really. It’s a competitive thing. We all like to go on the sidelines and see the big play first. We have a lot of competitors on our offense. It is great trying to compete with the receivers and the other backs, but mostly just trying to make good plays.”

On being clogged up on runs during game:
“It is just stuff we have to work on. We have to do better at reading the defense; they have too many guys in the box and so we had to go over them. But that is all just stuff we need to work on in practice.”

On all the hurdling during the game:
“Trying to cut into people when they are trying to cut people down was kind of hard. So rather, I just went over it.”

On Trevor Knight’s ability to run affecting the running backs:
“It does. Guys are so keying on us that they don’t know that he can pull away any time he wants to, pull around the corner and go for 17 yards. I want to take the pressure off my teammates, though.”

On if it’s harder playing at a higher tempo:
“I feel like we trained for that all summer. We are in the heat running, doing things faster than the actual game moves so when games come around, it’s not too hard for us.”

On playing a conference game so early in the season:
“I feel like we have to get on it early. It’s a conference game and the defenses we’re going against are a lot better than the defense we played last game. In football you have to prepare and that is what we are doing. “

On West Virginia trying to shut down the running game:
“They watch film, and they see what Trevor [Knight] can do on his feet, so I think they are going to try to keep him in the backfield. He has a great arm though, so they are going to have to watch out for that.”

On his memories from playing West Virginia last year:
“It was a shootout; when we scored they came right back at us. It was a whole four-quarter game and that’s not something I’m trying to make this year. I am trying to keep pushing it.

“It was a fun game but scary at the same time. We only won by a point last time. It was a fun experience, though, and it’s nice to say I was a part of that game where it is a shootout and there are great players on either side of the ball.”

On the slant to Kenny Stills at the end of the game last year:
“Kind of.  When I saw Landry [Jones] tell Kenny to do the slant I knew, because we practiced it all the time, and he saw the corner backed up a little, that it was going to be fine.”



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