Rodney Anderson is out for the rest of the season, Oklahoma announced on Sunday.
The Sooners running back left Saturday’s win over UCLA after suffering a knee injury in the second quarter. There was some initial talk that the injury was bad, and even a report saying he would miss the rest of the year. That turned out to be accurate.
“We’re heartbroken for him,” said Riley of Anderson. “He’s overcome so much in his career, and if anybody can do it again it’s Rodney.”
Anderson suffered a season-ending leg injury in 2015 and season-ending neck injury the following year. He finally broke out with 1,161 rushing yards and 13 rushing touchdowns last season and seemed ready for stardom in 2018. An injury will unfortunately end those plans for this year.
Sophomore Trey Sermon and freshman T.J. Pledger will likely see larger roles with Anderson out.
Reports have emerged indicating that Oklahoma’s star running back is done for 2018.
According to Carson Cunningham of KOCO-TV in Oklahoma City, Rodney Anderson, who suffered a knee injury in the first quarter, is out for the season, though no official announcement has been made by the school, and the nature of the injury hasn’t been reported or disclosed.
Word I’m getting is Rodney Anderson is done for the year. Lincoln Riley will have to confirm that, but it does not sound good. #Sooners
Anderson suffered the injury to his right knee late in the first quarter of Oklahoma’s game against UCLA. He did not return to the game and was spotted in street clothes while wearing a knee brace on the sideline later in the contest.
The junior running back suffered a season-ending leg injury in 2015 and season-ending neck injury in 2016.
One of college football’s top running backs suffered an injury scare on Saturday.
Oklahoma Sooners running back Rodney Anderson left Saturday’s game against UCLA with a limp at the end of the first quarter. He was taken to the locker room to be checked out, with reports indicating that there was concern about the status of his right knee.
Rodney Anderson is being taken to the locker room for further evaluation. Limped off the field. Concern is his right knee.
Anderson is one of the country’s top running backs. He had already scored a touchdown against UCLA, his third of the season. He had 13 of them a year ago to go with 1,161 yards, and was named in some circles as a dark horse Heisman candidate.
The college football season is upon us, which should have fans pumped across the country. Though it will take a while to get a sense for the best 25 teams in the country, we do have our preseason top 25 entering the first full slate of games. Those teams will be relying on some key players all season. Here is a look at the most important player for each of the preseason’s top 25 teams.
1) Alabama — Tua Tagovailoa, QB
After taking over the second half of the national championship game, Tagovailoa showed what he can do. He is mobile, fearless, and has a big arm. He can give Alabama the kind of big-play ability at quarterback they haven’t seen for a while — possibly ever. He has no shortage of talent around him, much of it NFL-level, and he has already demonstrated skill and poise in the most pressure-filled situation. Expect him to have a solid year at minimum.