Oklahoma redshirt freshman running back Rodney Anderson will miss the entire 2016 season after suffering a neck injury during Thursday’s scrimmage, OU coach Bob Stoops announced Friday evening.
"I hate it for Rodney," said Stoops. "It didn't appear to be much of an injury at the time and there's no paralysis or anything like that. But we found out this afternoon that he will be out for the year.
“Rodney is a strong guy and will rebound from this just like he came back after missing most of last season. He was practicing exceptionally well and had positioned himself to have a role in this year's offense."
Anderson, a top-rated running back for the 2015 class, had to miss the majority of OU’s 2015 season after injuring his leg on special teams during OU’s win against Tennessee in the second game of the season.
A mid-year enrollee for his freshman year, Anderson has also battled an MCL injury that didn’t allow him to be full strength heading into his true freshman year.
Anderson was earning rave reviews from OU players and coaches throughout camp as both a running back and perhaps someone who can help on special teams.
“He’s had one of the best camps of anybody I can think of offensively at any position,” said Lincoln Riley on Friday morning. “He’s been fantastic. Just finally getting him back healthy … High school, came in with an injury, had an injury his first spring and obviously got hurt against Tennessee in the first year and was a little limited a little bit this spring.”
With Anderson out, certainly expect true freshman Abdul Adams to get some chances at running back as Adams has also earned high praise from OU coaches and players.
"He’s extremely eager," Riley said. "He’s making freshman mistakes that you would expect. But the thing I love about it is that he’s not making the same mistakes over and over and he’s making the mistakes full speed which is what you want. You don’t want those guys hesitant coming in or with a ‘deer in the headlights’ look. He’s not had that at all. He’s ran physical. He has some breakaway ability. He has a chance to be a complete back. We’ll make decisions later on of what we’re going to do with him this year. He’ll have a bright future here."