Joe Mixon’s All Around Effort Excites Sooners

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So far there’s been no sophomore slump for Joe Mixon.

Racking up 206 total yards in OU’s win over Kansas State.

He became the first OU running back since Joe Washington was running around out here in his silver shoes in the 70’s to throw a touchdown pass.

His highlights were so good it even got the attention of his defense who compared him to a movie.

There just glad they don’t have to face him when it counts.

“Joe’s a great player,” Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, OU linebacker, said.  “That hurdle was crazy.  If you looked at me on the sideline I probably did like the Matrix.  I was like, ‘oh my gosh!’  That was one of the sickest plays I’ve seen all year.”

“Joe was sensational running the football,” Bob Stoops, OU head football coach, said.  “Making, really, a great defense miss him on a number of occasions, and get extra yards.  Ran tough in a lot of instances.  Caught the ball well.  Had a big kickoff return.  Then goes and throws a touchdown pass.”

“He’s a great athlete,” Dede Westbrook, OU wide receiver, said.  “He’s probably one of the best athletes on the team easy.  For Joe throwing that pass, through out the week he tight spirals, but then it came down to the game, and the ball was just as wobbly as ever.  But he did his job, and got the ball to me.  That’s all that matters.”

“Joe’s capable of anything,” Lincoln Riley, OU offensive coordinator, said.  "There’s not much that guy can’t do.  That’s the thing you’re always concerned about is, what you said, the decision.  That if it doesn’t work out how you draw it up are they still going to make a good decision.  That’s what’s great about those guys is there ability to still pull it down and get yards.  He did a great job with it through out the week, and I was obviously happy that we got the look that we hoped we’d get."

As for Mixon’s backfield mate Bob Stoops said Samaje Perine had a muscle strain, and that he could have played, but they chose to hold him out.

In his place Joe had the most carries in his career Saturday against K State.

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