After Trey Sermon had to be helped off the field with a leg injury Saturday, Oklahoma fans could be forgiven for feeling a bit panicked.
Sermon barely could put any weight on his right leg after injuring it early in the team’s spring game. Initial observations from those on scene weren’t positive for the Sooners freshman running back.
But after the game, Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley didn’t appear too concerned about Sermon’s injury. Riley said he didn’t think the situation was “serious.”
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“They’ll evaluate him further, but I think early indications look positive,” Riley said.
That’s very good news for the Sooners, as Sermon showed plenty of promise in his freshman year. He averaged 6.1 yards a carry and scored 5 touchdowns in 2017. While Rodney Anderson is expected to be the primary back for Oklahoma in 2018, Sermon provides an excellent change of pace. That ability was perhaps best exhibited against Baylor, when he went for 148 yards on just 12 carries and scored twice.
Sermon is a power back that poses a major problem for defenders. At 6-feet tall and 222 pounds, he has carved out a role as a finisher for the Sooners against tired defenses.
His injury should be monitored, but if Riley isn’t worried, Oklahoma fans shouldn’t be either.