The Oklahoma Sooners will enter the season with two Preseason All-Americans on the roster. According to Street & Smith, two offensive players warrant Second Team All-America honors as fans begin to take note of “way-too-early” lists.
First up is Rodney Anderson.
In the final game of his sophomore year, Anderson cracked the 200-yard rushing barrier against the Georgia Bulldogs defense during the College Football Playoff. Before that point, the running back burst onto the scene with a new found purpose in Manhattan, Kansas. Racking up 1,161 total yards alongside 13 rushing touchdowns over the course of the campaign, Anderson eventually cemented himself as the starter. Looking to build upon the success after missing the first two seasons of eligibility due to injury, the back now carries lofty expectations. Those are magnified by Street & Smith which labeled Anderson as the top NFL prospect on the Oklahoma roster.
Second is Austin Seibert.
After a few struggles during the sophomore year, Seibert turned the page as a junior. Connecting on 17-of-21 field goal attempts, the strong leg kicker pushed a 51-yarder through the uprights. In addition to the field goal attempts, the now senior remained perfect on all 81 extra points.
But, Seibert also holds the role of punter on this Sooner roster. Averaging 42.3 yards per punt last season, the kicker remained a vital piece of the machine that is OU. With precision, Seibert also placed 11 kicks inside the 20-yard line putting pressure on opposing offensive units.
The two will play a large role in the upcoming season as Lincoln Riley adapts his game plan to a new quarterback.