What to expect from OU's offense in 2015
The Oklahoma offense that averaged 36.4 points and 464.7 yards per game in 2014 will actually look to reach new heights with the addition of Lincoln Riley, a Mike Leach disciple from the prolific East Carolina Air Raid-attack. Riley has made it very clear that the powerful OU backfield will not take a backseat in the Air Raid-variation that will utilize a multiple package-based offense.
The first step to implementing the offensive changes was naming Baker Mayfield as their starting quarterback. The Texas Tech transfer has previous experience within this philosophy and, during his freshman season, produced 12 touchdowns to nine interceptions and posted a 289.38 YPG average.
Samaje Perine is the “bell-cow” of the Sooner backfield, who set the all-time single game rushing yard record (427 with five TDs) in Week 13 versus Kansas. Perine ended the season with an NCAA sixth-best elusive rating at 100.4, 10th-best breakaway percentage of 47.3, and 10th-best overall PFF grade of +12.7 (among 66 qualified).
While East Carolina only averaged 161.1 rushing YPG, they produced 28 TDs and averaged 4.84 yards per attempt. That said, the Pirates were not gifted with the level of backfield talent currently present in Norman, and the multifaceted attack could dominate the college scene.