Oklahoma running back Samaje Perine finds himself in a featured role as a true freshman.
The 243-pound bruiser is Oklahoma's No. 2 rusher heading into Saturday's Big 12 opener at West Virginia. With starting running back Keith Ford out for at least a week with a hairline fracture in his right fibula, Perine's opportunity to carry a significant load has come early. He got his first start last week against Tennessee, and he should get more carries this week for the fourth-ranked Sooners.
Perine has been Oklahoma's leading rusher in two of the first three games.
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