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AMES — Like Iowa State, this was supposed to be Oklahoma’s best football team in decades.
It hasn’t quite worked out that way for either team, though the Sooners still are in line for the Big 12 championship game.
Oklahoma’s Heisman-favorite quarterback was benched for a freshman, the Sooners had narrow wins against Nebraska, West Virginia, Kansas State, Texas and Kansas before finally falling to Baylor in a convincing, 27-14 win for the Bears.
The Sooners undoubtedly have talent but it isn’t quite clicking like it was expected.
Here are five players to watch heading into Saturday’s game against Iowa State.
QB Caleb Williams
Caleb Williams wasn’t the Heisman favorite before the season, but he’s taken over for Spencer Rattler and has performed admirably.
The Baylor game was the first time Williams played poorly. He completed just nine of his 18 passes for 142 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions.
He actually was benched for Rattler, who came in and completed 4 of 6 passes for 36 yards.
Besides the Baylor game, Williams has played as well as a freshman could.
He’s completing his passes at a 69-percent clip and has thrown 14 touchdowns and three interceptions. Williams also has rushed 41 times for 305 yards and five touchdowns.
RB Kennedy Brooks
While the quarterback position has been a bit tumultuous for the Sooners, Kennedy Brooks has been a workhorse in Oklahoma’s backfield.
He’s rushed 145 times for 857 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Where Brooks has fallen a bit short this season is his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield. He has just four catches for 15 yards.
WR Marvin Mims
Oklahoma always has one or two big-play receivers. This year, the Sooners have one and it’s Marvin Mims.
Mims leads the Big 12 in yards per catch, averaging 22.2 yards every time he catches the ball. He has 28 receptions for 622 yards and four touchdowns.
DL Isaiah Thomas
You wouldn’t mistake this Isaiah Thomas with either the Isaiah Thomas or Isiah Thomas who played in the NBA.
This Isaiah Thomas stands 6-foot-5 and weighs 270 pounds. The Detroit Pistons’ Isiah Thomas was listed at 6-1 and 180 pounds and the New Orleans Pelicans’ Isaiah Thomas is listed at 5-8 and 185 pounds
Oklahoma’s Isaiah Thomas leads the Sooners in sacks with six. He also has 32 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss, three pass breakups, three QB hurries, three forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.
P Michael Turk
When was the last time an Oklahoma punter was named in a five-players-to-watch article? Good question.
When was the last time an Oklahoma punter bombed an 85-yard punt like Michael Turk has?
Turk has established himself as one of the best in college football. He averages 52 yards per punt and has booted 12 punts more than 50 yards.