OU Countdown: Rodney Anderson

When healthy, true freshman could see playing time in the backfield

During the next two months leading up to the Big 12 Media Days in Dallas, Sooners Illustrated will breakdown the Oklahoma Sooners’ roster, starting with Dominique Alexander (No. 1 on the roster) and working all the way down to Dwayne Orso (No. 99) and the incoming freshmen.

We’ll look at last year’s performance, the best-case scenario for this season – without projecting injuries – and what each player means to the short-term or long-term success of the Sooners.

No. 24 - RB Rodney Anderson (6-foot-1, 204 pounds)

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What happened last year: In his high school career, Anderson totaled 5,493 yards on an average of 9.1 yards per carry. He scored 36 touchdowns as a senior to finish with 91 total touchdowns in a four-year career.

Level of importance for Sooners (1-10): 4. Anderson is too good of a running back to keep off the field for very long, given that he responds to his sprained MCL well and is fully healthy by the start of the season – as he should be. With the departure of Keith Ford, Anderson looks like obvious choice as the No. 3 running back. Alex Ross is settled in as the kick returner, and Daniel Brooks is more of a specialist than anything. Anderson could be a bell-cow running back, should it be needed.

Best-case scenario for this season: When Anderson sees the field, he will make plays. It’s not an accident that he averaged nearly 10 yards per carry during his final season in high school. He’ll play his way on to the field at some point, grouping with Joe Mixon or Samaje Perine in the backfield in two-running back sets. A two-touchdown game might be in Anderson’s future. If he finishes the season – his first with Oklahoma – with more than 300 yards, it’ll be a banner year and a sign that the run game isn’t lost in the Sooners’ offense.


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