With spring practice beginning on Tuesday, Bob Stoops sat down to chat with the media. Set to start practices without pads, much of the focus will be on the running back situation through the spring. The Oklahoma Sooners lose not only Samaje Perine but also Joe Mixon to the NFL Draft. Those departures leave Abdul Adams and Rodney Anderson as the most likely candidates heading into this upcoming week.
Unfortunately, Anderson missed the majority of the past two seasons due to injury (leg injury against Tennessee in 2015 and a neck injury in fall camp of 2016). Recording a single carry in 2015, fans aren’t quite sure what the redshirt freshman brings to the table. Yet, it doesn’t appear as though those putting the back through the eyeball test will really get that opportunity.
On Monday, Stoops mentioned, “if we were going to play next week, [Anderson] could play. But we figured why not get another four, five, six months further from it, just to be sure. He’s being evaluated today and everything looks great to this point.” What that means is that Anderson will be limited in practices for the time being.
In theory Marcelias Sutton would have received the reps vacated by injured running backs. Sutton signed with Oklahoma as a part of the 2017 class. Heading to campus early as a transfer from Lackawanna Community College, the newcomer hit the weight room. In the process, Sutton suffered a stress fracture in his foot meaning he’ll be limited as well.
Hello Abdul Adams!
In other news, both Steven Parker and Ogbonnia Okoronkwo have undergone shoulder surgery. While on the mend, the coaching staff has clearly opted to hold both out of practices completely. The hope for these two is that they’ll be ready to go once the summer hits.