It wasn't so long ago that the Oklahoma Sooners had their sights set on another national championship. Heading into their Dec. 30 matchup with the Iowa Hawkeyes in the 2011 Insight Bowl, they are simply worried about who is going to carry the football.
Even before news broke that freshman running back Brandon Williams would be transferring to Texas A&M and missing this game, the Sooners were already pretty shallow. Their current starting running back is Roy Finch, who only won the job after Dominique Whaley fractured his ankle. Whaley played just seven games, but still leads the team in rushing yards (627) and is second in touchdowns (nine). After Whaley won the job as a walk-on, Jonathon Miller and Jermie Calhoun quit the team.
Sooners coach Bob Stoops seems well aware of the lack of depth in his backfield in comments he made to the Washington Post:
"We’ll find other guys to do it," Stoops said. "Unfortunately guys don’t see the big picture and how many carries there are and how many snaps in a year and what their opportunities could be. But, what are you going to do?"