K'Lavon Chaisson calls Oklahoma's running game 'underrated'
Much has been made of Saturday’s upcoming battle between DBU and Oklahoma’s passing attack led by Sooners QB Jalen Hurts and star WR CeeDee Lamb, but Tigers OLB K’Lavon Chaisson isn’t sleeping on OU’s ground game.
“I feel like the running game is probably more underrated than what it is,” Chaisson said at this week’s Peach Bowl press conference. “People think they’re more of a passing team, but they’re running the ball in tremendous ways, I feel like they take over the Big 12 by running the ball.
“They’re definitely a top team for a reason. When you have your quarterback leading, I think, the conference in rushing yards with almost 1,300 rushing yards, that’s a lethal weapon, something you don’t see often in the game of football at this age. It’s going to be a task, a challenge that we’re put up to, but I feel like we’re well prepared for it, thanks to Coach (Dave) Aranda.”
Oklahoma State RB Chuba Hubbard is the conference’s leading rusher overall (1,936 yards), while Hurts is leading the rusher among Sooners ball-carriers and all Big 12 quarterbacks at 1,255 rushing yards. Sooners RB Kennedy Brooks is No. 4 in the conference at 976 yards and 5 TDs on 145 carries. Brooks will play in the Peach Bowl while fellow OU running back Rhamondre Stevenson, who has recorded 64 carries for 515 yards, is suspended.