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2015 NFL DRAFT

Damien Williams, RB

School: Oklahoma  |  Conference: BIG12
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: San Diego, CA
Height/Weight: 5-11 / 222 lbs.
Projected Ranking
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Player News
11/25/2013 - Oklahoma RB Williams dismissed from team...Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said Monday that senior running back Damien Williams was dismissed from the team. Stoops did not specify why Williams was kicked off the team but the Oklahoman reported that Williams violated team rules. Williams and senior wide receiver Lecoltan Bester were both suspended from Saturday's game against the Kansas State, which the Sooners won. It was Williams' second suspension of the season. He also missed a game against Tulsa in September.

The Norman Transcript reported that Bester will return to the team this week. Williams is the team's second-leading rusher with 553 yards with a team-high seven rushing touchdowns and averages 4.9 yards per carry, despite playing in nine of 11 games. Oklahoma still has leading rusher Brennan Clay and senior backup Roy Finch in the backfield. - The Sports Xchange

11/16/2013 - The Oklahoma Sooners finally got their running game going in the second half but it took a punt return from Jalen Saunders to save the season. OU blasted by the Iowa State Cyclones with a big second half in the 48-10 victory Saturday, but Saunders' 91-yard kickoff return with 1:09 left before halftime shook the Sooners out of a funk and tied the game at 10-10. Oklahoma ran for 209 yards in the third quarter after a first half where it managed just six first downs. The Sooners went on to score 38 points in about 22 minutes.

Running back Damien Williams scored on the second play of the third quarter on a 69-yard run, Brennan Clay added a 63-yard run and the Sooners added a field goal for a 17-0 quarter. Trevor Knight, who replaced starting quarterback Blake Bell in the second quarter after Bell suffered what looked like a head injury, went for a 56-yard touchdown run on the first play of the fourth quarter. - The Sports Xchange

10/19/2013 - For a few upset-minded moments, Kansas did not care about the recent history of its opponent. Under veteran coach Bob Stoops, Oklahoma was perfect in games played immediately after the Red River Rivalry. The Sooners just happened to come to Memorial Stadium irritated on Saturday, following a stinging loss to arch-rival Texas. Yet the Jayhawks were the early aggressors, racing to a 13-point lead before the No. 18 Sooners established control with 25 unanswered points and claimed a 34-19 victory. Stoops is 15-0 in games that followed the Texas game and the Sooners are 6-1 overall and 3-1 in the Big 12.

Kansas running back James Sims gouged Oklahoma for 85 first-quarter yards and finished with 129 on 23 carries, as the Sooners defense stiffened. That unit, ranked first in the Big 12 coming into the game, allowed 201 total yards, including only 16 through the air. Quarterback Blake Bell of Oklahoma passed for only 131 yards, completing 15-of-25 passes. The Sooners excelled in the running game, however, as eight backs combined for 235 yards. Kansas (2-4, 0-3) suffered its 24th consecutive loss in the Big 12 and 12th straight defeat against ranked opponents, although the Jayhawks kept it interesting. - The Sports Xchange

09/06/2013 - Scouting the Oklahoma running game: The Sooners rushed for 305 yards in the season-opener, and the only ball carrier over the century mark was Knight (112). Nine different players carried the ball and four of them rushed for at least 40 yards. West Virginia allowed William & Mary just 102 yards on the ground. When the Sooners run it will be strength against strength. PLAYERS TO WATCH: RB Damien Williams rushed for 66 yards on 16 carries against ULM (8/31) to go over the 1,000 yard mark for his career. - The Sports Xchange

09/06/2013 - Scouting the Oklahoma passing game: Knight is the better passer than Blake Bell, which is why he won the starting job. He passed for three touchdowns, but only completed 11 of his 28 attempts for 86 yards. West Virginia ranked 108th in total defense last year, much of that yardage through the air. This may be a case of the movable object against the resistible force. PLAYERS TO WATCH: WR Jalen Saunders grabbed two of Knight's three touchdown passes among his three catches. - The Sports Xchange

08/12/2013 - TOP OKLAHOMA PROSPECTS FOR THE 2014 NFL DRAFT: 4. RB Damien Williams (6-0, 208, 4.52)...A JUCO transfer a year ago, Williams made an instant impact with three 100-yard performances in the first five games of 2012, including a career day against Texas (22 carries for 167 yards and one touchdown). But he battled an ankle injury the second half of last season with just one 100-yard game over the final eight, finishing just shy of the 1,000-yard plateau with 946 rushing yards. Williams has a thick, heavy-duty frame to lower his pads and run downhill, showing the balance to be effective between the tackles and stay on his feet through contact.

He isn't overly shifty, but has a strong plant foot and good cutback ability to keep defenders off balance with better than expected build-up speed to hit the hole and get to the second level. Williams will get in trouble going east-west too much, but has an accurate sense of his surroundings and finishes runs with toughness, even running over defenders when needed. He also proved to be a reliable receiving threat last season with 34 catches for 320 yards and a receiving score. A Cedric Benson-type of back, Williams has a lot of desirable traits that could make him one of the top senior running backs drafted next April. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

07/20/2013 - 2013 DOAK WALKER AWARD WATCH LIST: Damien Williams (Sr.), Oklahoma...Named All-Big 12 Second Team and Big 12 Offensive Newcomer of the Year Honorable Mention by coaches in 2012 ... played in all 13 games with nine starts ... finished seventh in the Big 12 in rushing yards and 10th for all-purpose yards. - Oklahoma football

 
Player News
11/25/2013 - Oklahoma RB Williams dismissed from team...Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said Monday that senior running back Damien Williams was dismissed from the team. Stoops did not specify why Williams was kicked off the team but the Oklahoman reported that Williams violated team rules. Williams and senior wide receiver Lecoltan Bester were both suspended from Saturday's game against the Kansas State, which the Sooners won. It was Williams' second suspension of the season. He also missed a game against Tulsa in September.

The Norman Transcript reported that Bester will return to the team this week. Williams is the team's second-leading rusher with 553 yards with a team-high seven rushing touchdowns and averages 4.9 yards per carry, despite playing in nine of 11 games. Oklahoma still has leading rusher Brennan Clay and senior backup Roy Finch in the backfield. - The Sports Xchange

 

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