Oklahoma’s Abdul Adams may be the next man up in the line of Sooners running backs following Joe Mixon and Samaje Perine, according to a report by OU Insider’s Joey Helmer.
Adams, a sophomore from Landover, Md., “really, really accelerated his development the last year and just really improved in the direction he’s going, I mean, in all areas, as a receiver, as a runner,” OU running backs coach Jay Boulware said according to the report.
A very important voice on the Sooners roster agreed with Boulware.
“I’d say Abdul has progressed the most out of all of them,” Heisman Trophy candidate quarterback Baker Mayfield said, according to the report. “He’s very explosive and quick.”
Adams rushed for 283 yards on 53 carries last year as a true freshman. He and the rest of the Sooners running back corps will have to replace Perine and Mixon, who put up over 2,300 rushing yards last season.
Freshmen Trey Sermon and Kennedy Brooks are also vying for the job, according to the report, along with sophomore Rodney Anderson and JUCO transfer Marcelias Sutton.
Mayfield said he is excited to see the running backs in a high-level competition with each other.
“It’s a deep running back room, and so I think that competition in that room is unlike any other we have on this team right now,” he said according to the report. “So it’s exciting to see.”