Oklahoma running back Rodney Anderson’s breakout 2017 season earned him a spot on Sports Illustrated’s top 100 college football players list.
He checked in at No. 30, just a few spots behind Ohio State’s J.K. Dobbins (No. 26) and West Virginia’s Will Grier (No. 22).
Anderson’s season was overshadowed by Baker Mayfield’s Heisman Trophy campaign, but that will not be an issue as a junior in 2018.
Anderson stole the show in Georgia’s double-overtime win over Oklahoma in the Rose Bowl, carrying 26 times for 201 yards with a pair of touchdowns, including a 41-yard scoring scamper early in the second quarter in which he burst through a hole at the line of scrimmage and dusted the Bulldogs’ secondary on the way to the end zone. That game offered a glimpse of what Anderson can do against an elite defense, and just about all of the ones he’ll face in Big 12 play this season will be far more permissive.
Anderson should receive a bulk of the carries for Oklahoma, but Trey Sermon will likely see a fair share of reps in 2018 as well.
No matter who’s in the backfield, they will have a solid offensive line yet again to run behind, despite the loss of NFL tackle Orlando Brown.
It’s easy to imagine coach Lincoln Riley has more tricks up his sleeves as the team’s primary play-caller.
Anderson gives Oklahoma a proven tailback who can run and catch the ball. He should be one of the team’s best assets this season as Oklahoma aims for its fourth-consecutive Big 12 title and a College Football Playoff appearance.