By now, most everyone has heard about Rodney Anderson’s season ending neck injury. This serves as a blow to the Sooners depth at RB. All summer Lincoln Riley has been raving about Anderson’s improvement and how he looks to have a role in the offense.
Now that he is gone, what is next? Really, there are two ways the coaches could go, the first one being Daniel Brooks. The 5’8″ RS Senior has played mop duty in most games in his career. We really got to see him in action in the Spring game, when other RBs were sitting out. Brooks has a really nice first step and can beat you with his shiftiness and speed. If you need somebody to compare him to, I would say his game is similar to that of Roy Finch.
The second most reasonable option would be true freshman and former 4-Star recruit Abdul Adams. In an interview with SoonerScoop Lincoln Riley said “He’s extremely eager, and does not make the same mistake twice. He has a chance to really be just a complete back.” Riley also noted that Adams has break away speed as well as he is a very physical back.
Dimitri Flowers could line up a few more times in the backfield because of his catching ability and rare speed in a fullback. Rodney Anderson’s injury is definitely a blow but with the RB committee the Sooners have, they’ll be just fine.
Article by Ross Lovelace