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OU 17-for-2017: Will running back Rodney Anderson stay healthy?

The OU 17-for-2017 continues with a look at the health of running back Rodney Anderson.

It’s about that time again. Expectations are high. Questions abound. Yep, it’s time for Oklahoma spring football.

The Sooners, coming off an 11-2 season where they won the Big 12 championship and the Sugar Bowl, will no doubt be expected to be in the national championship and playoff hunt once again.

The calendar turns to March. The page officially turns to 2017, and although things look rosy for OU, there are still plenty of unanswered questions going forward.

What are those? That’s where Sooners Illustrated comes in. We’ll take a look at one pressing question each day leading up to OU starting spring practice March 21. The spring game is April 8.

Sooners Illustrated’s 17 questions for spring 2017

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Will Rodney Anderson stay healthy?

We’re not addressing running backs as a whole, just Anderson. You have Baker Mayfield. You have the top eight offensive linemen. But a healthy Anderson changes the game.

That’s not to say guys like Marcelias Sutton, Kennedy Brooks, Trey Sermon and Abdul Adams cannot and won’t contribute, but Anderson feels like a guy who would thrive in this type of offense.

We just haven’t gotten to see it yet. Anderson’s 2015 season was cut short at Tennessee in the second game of the season on special teams when he broke his leg.

He made it all the way back and was doing well heading into camp last year when just weeks before the season it was announced a major neck injury would sideline Anderson for the entire campaign.

Head coach Bob Stoops has said Anderson is in good spirits and is working his way back into being in the rotation again. He has looked good on the sidelines at games, but of course that’s a terrible indicator of where his physical health could actually be.

Anderson was a stud for the 2015 class, and if healthy, is someone who knows how to hit the holes, can catch out of the backfield and has the capabilities of being a 15-20-carry guy.

What we don’t know, and spring probably won’t tell us this as well, is if Anderson’s body can take the physical grind of a college football season. Some guys just aren’t cut out for the toll of football.

Anderson could be a great what might have been case for OU, but the Sooners and their fans are still hopeful the best is yet to come.


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