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OU football: Caleb Williams recovered from hand injury, still Sooners' starter for matchup against Iowa State

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Freshman quarterback Caleb Williams during the game against No. 13 Baylor in Waco on Nov. 13.

Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley announced Tuesday that freshman quarterback Caleb Williams has recovered from a right hand injury he suffered in OU's 27-14 loss to Baylor and will be the team's starter against Iowa State.

Williams' throwing hand was stepped on during the game's second half by a Bears defender. The Washington D.C. native finished the game 10-for-19 passing for 146 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions. He added 10 rushing attempts for 17 yards and a score. 

"He's doing well," Riley told reporters. "He's been full go this week. ... (Against Baylor), he was frustrated that he made a few mistakes (and) that we weren't playing well. He was frustrated physically with not being able to grip the ball and throw the ball the way he typically does.

"A little bit of frustration set in, and it's a learning experience. I've said it every week. I've said it when he's thrown six touchdowns and everybody thinks he's the greatest football player that ever walked the planet. ... He's growing, he's learning and days like that, honestly, for his future and development, can be more valuable than any of the really, really fun ones that we've had."

On the season, Williams is 87-of-127 passing for 1,331 yards, 14 touchdowns and three interceptions across eight games. He also has 41 rushes for 305 yards and five scores in that span.

The Sooners play the Cyclones at 11 a.m. Saturday in Norman on Fox.

Chandler Engelbrecht is a journalism senior and the Daily's assistant sports editor. He currently covers OU football and has previously covered OU men's basketball, volleyball and men's gymnastics.

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