There are two issues that point toward OU slowing the pace this season. One centers on having an experienced offensive line and a quartet of senior running backs — Damien Williams, Brennan Clay and Roy Finch — a very talented fullback (Trey Millard) and fleet-footed quarterbacks for the first time in years.
Nonetheless, the up-tempo offense has been OU’s calling card for the last five seasons.
“The way we’ve utilized tempo has been successful for us. It’s not frantic, because we’re calculating in everything we do,” OU center Gabe Ikard said. “As long as we keep using the tempo to our advantage and using the mobility we have now and all the players we have at skill positions, it will help us score more points on offense. We can catch defenses on their heels when they don’t have plays called and they’re looking at their sidelines. That’s when we utilize our tempo, and it’s been effective for us.”
NO COMPARISON: OU's Blake Bell has drawn comparison’s to former Florida quarterback Tim Tebow since he started running the ball out of the Belldozer package in 2011.
But Ikard said the comparisons should stop there.
“He throws the ball better than Tebow. Just watch the motion. He’s strong and he’s accurate. He’s very good when it comes to throwing the deep ball,” Ikard said.