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Greatest Sooner Running Backs-Number Seven, Quentin “Q” Griffin


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https://fredsportsextra.com/wp-admin/profile.phpTo qualify this ranking of running backs at Oklahoma, I have included only players that I have personally seen in person at the stadium or live on television.  I began watching Sooner football in 1958 and my remembrances go back to 1961.  With that, I have not included any player before 1961. This is the first part of a series of greatest Sooner football players by position.  Please comment on my lists and argue your best Sooner players.  There are no right or wrong rankings.   The lists, started with Joe Don Looney (10th best running back), will include offensive and defensive positions.  Statistics, abilities, and overall significance to the OU football program are all included in picking the ten, but when all things are equal, my personal preference is the tie breaker. 




8.  Quentin Griffin  (1999-2002) All-Big 12 (2002)

Quenton Griffin never made All-American at OU, but his presence in the Sooner backfield during the early come-back years of the program of Head Coach Bob Stoops was above significant.  His performances in the offense of Mike Leach/Mark Mangino pushed Griffins career totals to 5th on the current all-time rushing list with 3938 yards.  His total yardage, including pass receiving and all-purpose yards topped five thousand, finishing with 5,275 (including bowl games).  That puts him fourth on the all-time Sooner list in that category. As a senior he had 1884 yards rushing in 284 carries, the second most by any Sooner in one year.  Griffin was a great Sooner runner and played in significant games, including his six touchdown performance in blowout win over Texas and the feature back for OU in the National Title game in the Orange Bowl against Florida State as the Seminoles were beaten 13-2.






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About Fred Pahlke

Fred Pahlke, an Oklahoma native has viewed over 10,000 sporting events in his 65 years. A season ticket holder of the Oklahoma City Thunder, former season tickect holder for the Oklahoma Sooners, Oklahoma City University Chiefs/Stars, he is an expert in both professional and college basketball and football. A high school athlete at Classen High School in basketball and tennis, he played amateur tennis after high school in the Missouri Valley Tennis Association. A graduate of Oklahoma City University, he taught in the public schools for 6 years before becoming a building administrator in the Oklahoma City Public Schools for 31 years, 28 as the Principal of various schools in the district. He has guided various high school and college athletes in his time as an educator and coach. Fredsportsextra has recorded 101, 410 article views in its first ten months, from August 2015 through May 2016.

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