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Trey Sermon enters his sophomore season with growing expectations.

Oklahoma mailbag: Growing expectations greet Trey Sermon

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Brian Folsom asks, has Trey Sermon gotten any bigger, or maybe better?

I talked to Trey Sermon on Monday and I don’t know if he’s gotten any bigger. He may have dropped a few pounds. Oklahoma lists him at 222 pounds, which seems like it might be less than he entered for the 2017 season.

There are signs he will be a complete back as a sophomore. Running backs coach Jay Boulware said Sermon’s speed has improved.

“From this time last year in January to where he tested last year, I think it was three-tenths of a second gone down,” Boulware said. “He’s a faster player than he was last season. He’s in better conditioning and he’s strong.”

I think you will see Sermon and Rodney Anderson in the backfield together for a decent amount this season. It’s unlikely the Sooners can make up for the loss of former fullback Dimitri Flowers with a fullback. Using two running backs at the same time helps.

Boulware talked about Sermon’s improvement as a blocker since last season.

“Trey’s probably our best pass protector right now in terms of technique,” he said.

Anderson is going to be Oklahoma’s main running back. He possesses All-American type talent and showed in the second half of last year he’s one of the best running backs in the country. But the Sooners will not sleep on Sermon. He’s a power back and a good receiver. Those skills will be put to use.

Plus, let’s not forget that last season was his first year of college football.

“I feel like I’ve grown and just getting a feel for the speed of the game and the tempo,” Sermon said. “I got more comfortable on the field and it’s just been helping me improve my game a whole lot more.”