Oklahoma Sooners football: 2014 Regular Season Awards

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Oct 11, 2014; Dallas, TX, USA; Oklahoma Sooners running back Alex Ross (28) returns a first quarter kickoff for a touchdown against the Texas Longhorns during the Red River showdown at the Cotton Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Special Teams MVP: Alex Ross

Huge kickoff returns are one way to shift momentum and Alex Ross did that quite often.

Alex Ross’ kick returning abilities definitely came as a pleasant surprise to Sooner fans. Not that anyone thought he couldn’t run the ball well, but Ross made things look way too easy in the kick return game and I’m not sure anyone was really ready for the type of difference Alex Ross could make.

Ross’ moves didn’t translate as well to the actual offense, but he still managed to find plenty of carries and he started multiple games for the Sooners while Keith Ford recovered from an early September injury.

It is odd Alex Ross wasn’t given much of a chance in the punt return game. Regardless, he certainly was a game-changer when it came to special teams and has a lot of guys to thank who blocked for him, allowing him to receive this


honor, because we certainly know a kicker and punter most Sooner fans aren’t too fond of these days.

Plus, it was refreshing to see a young player take advantage of the opportunity he was given. Ross contributed what he could to the team, and he found his calling in special teams.

Here’s to hoping teams will continue to blindly kick to Alex Ross next season.

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