To say that Samaje Perine came out of nowhere would be a wee bit of a fabrication. The 5-10/235 bowling ball of a running back was a 4-star recruit coming out of Hendrickson High School in Pflugerville, Texas. He was the #23 player in the state of Texas who had offers from the likes of Alabama, Nebraska, TCU and Tennessee. Rivals even had him listed as the nations’s 13th best running back recruit. So big things should have been expected from this kid and he’s more than delivered.
To say that Samaje Perine has been a success at Oklahoma is a massive understatement. People often point to his record setting day against Kansas (427 yards) as the defining moment of his greatness, but for me it was the 242 yards and four touchdowns he delivered in Morgantown to lead the Sooners to a win in the fourth game of the season. That’s when we all should have known he’s special.
Perine followed up his freshman campaign with 1,349 rushing yards last season and his now looking to make history one more time as a junior. Going into the 2016 season, Samaje Perine is just 1,057 yards short of Billy Sims record as the all-time leading rusher in Oklahoma Football History.
Here’s to hoping that 2016 leads to even more greatness for #32!