Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley’s team is lighting up scoreboards in his first season at the helm of the Sooners program.
Surely plays from a brilliant offensive mind like Riley’s are crafted from countless hours of watching film, researching data, running computer-generated simulations or formulating plays birthed by his mentors and tweaking them to perfection.
Well, those things that might happen, but when asked about where he draws inspiration for plays during his weekly radio show, Riley admits sometimes inspiration develops from something as simple as a text message from someone else on Oklahoma’s staff.
“I honestly don’t write much of it down,” Riley said during the show on Fox Sports Oklahoma. “Normally, we’ve got a group text with our offensive guys, so if one of us sees something, this or that, we’ll shoot each other a text.
“Or like nowadays, you can find it on YouTube or video it right off the TV with your phone and send it to everybody. We’ve got a lot of creative minds in that room, and we bounce a lot of ideas. They come from other games, from high school, college, pro, different things that we see. It’s kind-of a good mixture of all.”
Where does @LincolnRiley draw inspiration for plays? Anywhere and anytime.
— Sooner Sports TV (@SoonerSportsTV) October 4, 2017
It was an interesting revelation from the mind behind one of the best offenses in the country. The Sooners are torching opposing defenses with quarterback Baker Mayfield on pace for his best season yet and a plethora of receivers and running backs stepping up in place of former players Samaje Perine, Joe Mixon and Dede Westbrook.
Oklahoma is undefeated with road wins at Ohio State and Baylor, and it faces Iowa State on Saturday at 12 p.m. ET on FOX.
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