The spring game is where players are able to make their first impression to fans and coaches in a game-like scenario. Many of Oklahoma’s greats have made a strong impression during OU’s spring season and then moved on to eventually do great things in the fall. Redshirt freshman running back Kennedy Brooks just may be the next in line for such a case.
With Trey Sermon exiting the game midway through the first quarter, Brooks took center stage and stole the show, running for 109 yards on just 11 carries. With a slashing running style, he showed the ability to make defenders miss and then exhibited a burst of speed.
“That’s kind of what he does every day in practice – ‘There he goes again.’ That’s kinda him,” Lincoln Riley said. “He’s got a unique running style. He kind of slides through there kind of easy, then all the sudden he’s out. He’s pretty smooth. He’s a really natural runner.”
With the transfer of Abdul Adams Oklahoma is looking for a third back to possibly join the rotation with Sermon and Rodney Anderson. Brooks and Marcellias Sutton are locked in a spring battle for that very spot. As good as Brooks was on Saturday Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley suggested that there’s still some refining to do…and then compared him to a former Sooner All American.
“We’ve got to get the other parts of his game to continue to develop,” Riley said. “You could tell what he did in high school, and they were pretty smart. They handed it to him about 30 times a game and he got about 300 yards a game in the best classification of ball in Dallas. You can tell what he does well. He’s kind of like how Samaje (Perine) was. He’s got to develop the rest of his game and become more rounded, like Samaje became.”
A four-star recruit when he came to Oklahoma, in 2017, Brooks redshirted last season after undergoing left shoulder surgery in mid-August. Now that he’s healthy again, he’s ready to make a name for himself and that’s just what he may have done.
“He’s had a nice spring,” Riley said. “He’s healthy, he’s starting to get some confidence. I’m proud of the spring he’s had, especially the second half here.”