Oklahoma RB Rodney Anderson is out for the season with a knee injury. Who’s up next for the Sooners?
It looked scary when it happened.
Oklahoma star running back Rodney Anderson ran six times for 19 yards and a score in the win over UCLA, but on his final carry he went down with a knee injury, was lost for the game, and now is out for the season. It’s the second time he has suffered a major, season-ending leg injury.
The junior ran just 11 times on the season, averaging close to 11 yards per carry with three scores, coming off a 1,161-yard, 13 touchdown season with a scintillating 201-yard, two-score day in the Rose Bowl loss to Georgia.
And now, the Sooners will employ a wee bit of running back-by-committee until a new No. 1 back emerges, using sophomore Trey Sermon, freshman T. J. Pledger, and others along with QB Kyler Murray.
Sermon is the most likely top option, and he has the talent to be a featured back for stretches, but this is obviously a major blow to the high-powered offense.
This official release from the University of Oklahoma …
University of Oklahoma head football coach Lincoln Riley announced Sunday evening that preseason All-Big 12 running back Rodney Anderson will miss the rest of the 2018 season due to a knee injury sustained in the second quarter of OU’s 49-21 win over UCLA on Saturday.
“We’re heartbroken for him,” said Riley of Anderson. “He’s overcome so much in his career, and if anybody can do it again it’s Rodney.
“He’s played a lot of great football and has a lot more ahead of him. He’s just a tremendous person and player and we’ll miss him on the field. But we know he’ll be with us every step of the way as a team captain, and that other players will step up in his place.”
A redshirt junior from Katy, Texas, Anderson started seven of 14 games in his first full season of action last year and finished with team highs of 1,161 rushing yards and 13 rushing touchdowns. He was also impactful as a receiver, registering 17 catches for 281 yards (16.5 average) and another five scores.
The majority of Anderson’s 2017 production came the last half of the season. Starting with OU’s Oct. 21 game at Kansas State, he led all Power Five players the rest of the year (eight games) with 1,333 yards from scrimmage (166.6 average) and 16 total TDs.
Anderson’s debut season of 2015 was cut short when he sustained a season-ending broken leg in the second game of the year at Tennessee. Then during 2016 preseason camp, a fractured vertebra again sidelined him for the season.
In this year’s opening game against Florida Atlantic two weeks ago, Anderson carried five times for 100 yards and two touchdowns. He added 19 yards and another touchdown against UCLA before leaving the game.
Anderson graduated in May and is pursuing a master’s degree in human relations.