The Oklahoma Sooners have a running back problem. The problem is there’s only one ball.
The Sooners return Jovantae Barnes, who as a freshman was second on the team in rushing with a little more than 500 yards. They also bring back Gavin Sawchuk, who didn’t get a lot of playing time but when he got his chance in the Cheez-It Bowl he took advantage of it.
The forgotten player in the mix is Marcus Major.
Major has dealt with injuries it feels like every year he has been at Oklahoma. However, when he’s played he’s been a big play waiting to happen. Through three games last season, there were many who thought he was the best running back on the team. That includes Eric Gray, who ran for more than 1,300 yards.
Major told reporters, the competition between him, Sawchuk and Barnes has been great.
“They’ve progressed so much since they’ve been here, it’s only made me better, it’s making each other better,” Major said. “Iron sharpens iron. I appreciate them for being here and making me go every day and making me be my best every day.”
Major is a talented running back who, when healthy, can play a big role on this team. Some feel he could be the starter in the group as long as he is healthy.
“Me being available for the team so I can do whatever I can to help this team out and just going 1-0 every week.”
For now, it remains to be seen. But the way coaches have talked about Major this offseason, don’t be shocked if he doesn’t run out on the field first on Sept. 2nd.