Oklahoma freshman Trey Sermon showed plenty of flashes of a great future running back during the Sooners’ 2017 season.
Sermon, who ran for 744 yards, should be a key player for the Sooners next season. He also might be one of the best second-year players in the country.
The incoming sophomore checked in at No. 15 in NFL.com’s Chad Reuter’s top 15 second-year players to watch in 2018. The list includes the likes of Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor and Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm.
“With Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Baker Mayfield around, it was tough for Sermon to get reps, much less hype,” Reuter wrote of Sermon. “When he ran the ball, however, it was would-be tacklers getting a sermon courtesy of the freshman from Marietta, Georgia. … With Kyler Murray potentially taking the reins at QB in 2018, Sermon might get more of the workload.”
Sermon could evolve into a special back for the Sooners. As a freshman, he showcased his abilities in two of Oklahoma’s most important games of the season — at Ohio State and at Oklahoma State — and he took over a game against Baylor when Oklahoma seemed to be unraveling against a mediocre Bears team.
He’ll be an important figure to complement running back Rodney Anderson in the running game next season.