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 Jarvis Baxter (No. 1 on the roster) and working all the way down to Marquise Overton (No. 98) 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, 211 pounds)
1 carry, 5 yards
What happened last year: Anderson missed much of the season after breaking his leg against Tennessee.
Level of importance for Sooners (1-10): 5. Still, Anderson steps right into the No. 3 spot on the depth chart to open preseason camp on a team that will likely lean on its running game. Anderson will see some snaps, but his true importance comes next year, when there’s a chance that he could be the No. 1 running back in Oklahoma’s offense. Both Samaje Perine and Joe Mixon will be draft eligible, and Anderson needs to show that he is ready.
Best-case scenario for this season: With a talented No. 3 running back, Oklahoma will likely ease off Perine’s workload. This puts up to 50 carries well within reach for Anderson. Should he average six yards per carry, Anderson could be looking at 300 yards. More likely is probably around 40 carries and 250 yards. A touchdown or tow would be a nice plus. He should also make an impact on special teams.