During the 2017 campaign, one running back emerged as a consistent threat despite the depth the Oklahoma Sooners possessed at the position. Racking up 1,161 total rushing yards in seven starts, heads began to turn. Recently, Mel Kiper dished out a lofty “way-too-early” draft grade to the back ahead of the college football season. However, the story unfolding is one that could have taken a nasty turn.
Coming out of high school, Rodney Anderson held a handful of offers from around the region. Ultimately choosing the University of Oklahoma, expectations soared for the then 4-star recruit. But, the early career of the running back was derailed by a season ending injury in the second game of the 2015 campaign.
Regaining strength and the ability to carry the ball once again, Anderson returned to practice. It was there the back received a second injury in 2016. Ruled out for the year, many wondered what would become of the once prized prospect.
Lacking game experience at the collegiate level, Anderson sat patiently waiting for his opportunity. Knocking at the door in October, the underclassman answered the call. Rattling off 147 rushing yards on 19 carries against KSU, fans finally caught a glimpse of the potential wrapped up in the individual. As they say, “the rest was history.”
— Oklahoma DieHards (@OUDieHards) May 14, 2018
Ranked as the No. 1 underclassman at the position for the 2019 Draft Class by Mel Kiper according to OUDieHards, expectations are once again at an all time high for the back. How will he fare in the upcoming season and will Anderson opted in to the NFL Draft?