Rodney Anderson back on track

OU's running back depth still a major strength, especially with Rodney Anderson 100 percent healthy again.

The usual names were said when discussing Oklahoma’s running back situation. Samaje Perine, Joe Mixon and Alex Ross were brought up time and time again.

But coach Bob Stoops and the players at the event made sure to not forget about freshman running back Rodney Anderson.

From Katy (Texas) High, Anderson is another four-star prospect from the state of Texas who has made his way to Norman. An early enrollee, Anderson was making a big impression until he sprained his MCL midway through spring practice.

That won’t deter him in the fall, though.

“He has been full-go all summer,” Stoops said. “He’s strong, really impressive. He’s really mature in everything he does.”

Stoops said one of the biggest things about Anderson that has stood out has been his ability to keep pace with the other backs during workouts.

He said it’s common to maybe be there the first couple of days and then start to slow down because of the adjustment period. But Stoops said Anderson has been a lot like Perine was last year in his ability to stick with everything and learn.

There are a lot of backs vying for those carries, but with the departure of former five-star back Keith Ford, there’s no doubt Anderson should see the field in some capacity and not have to redshirt this season.

“Rodney Anderson has looked really good,” quarterback Trevor Knight said. “He’s doing a lot of the little things and is off to a great start.”

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