Running back Trey Sermon injured in spring game
Early in the first quarter of Oklahoma’s spring football game on Saturday, Sooners fans held their collective breath when running back Trey Sermon
writhed in pain following a tackle by Patrick Fields.
Sermon appeared to injure a leg after Fields rolled him up on a third-and-16 run on the White team’s first possession of the game.
He was eventually helped to the locker room by linebacker Kenneth Murray
— who was held out of the scrimmage — and others. Fellow running back Rodney Anderson, who was dressed but didn’t play, accompanied Sermon into the locker room.
Afterward, though, Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley said he didn’t think the injury was serious.
“We’ll evaluate him further,” Riley said. “Early indications look positive.”
Also injured in the scrimmage was defensive back Justin Broiles.
Riley didn’t have an update on the John Marshall product after the game.
Among other players who didn’t play in the game included running back T.J. Pledger, safety Robert Barnes,
offensive lineman Alex Dalton,
cornerback Starrland Baldwin,
and receiver Mykel Jones.
Sooners snag another commit
Oklahoma’s big recruiting weekend continued Saturday with a third recommit — and fifth overall commitment — in a little more than 24 hours.
Defensive lineman Derek Green, who committed to the Sooners in November before reopening his recruitment in February, announced Saturday evening that he had again committed to the Sooners.
“I know what’s best for me and I can feel it,” Green posted, in part, on Twitter. “I’m going back home . ... See you in a few Norman cuz I’m coming.”
Green is a threestar recruit from Southwest-Onslow in Jacksonville, North Carolina.
The 6-foot-5, 305-pound Green also had offers that included Georgia and Tennessee.
Green’s commitment follows a deluge of commits Friday night that included five-star receivers Arjei Henderson and Theo Wease recommitting as well as initial commitments from Richmond (Texas) Bush safety Jamal Morris and
2020 running back Jaylan Knighton.
With Green’s commitment, the Sooners moved to No. 1 in the Rivals
2019 recruiting rankings. Oklahoma jumped from No. 11 to No. 2 after Friday’s commitments.
Brooks shows out
Last season, Kennedy
Brooks was the only incoming running back that didn’t participate in the spring game as he was the only player in the group that didn’t enroll early.
Then Brooks’ freshman season was cut short due to a shoulder injury that led to him being redshirted.
Brooks had 11 carries for 109 yards in the game.
“He’s got kind of a unique running style,” Riley said. “He kind of slides through there, it’s kind of easy and all of a sudden he’s out. He’s pretty smooth. He’s a really natural runner. We’ve got to get other parts of his game to continue to develop.”
Offensive lineman Cody Ford, who started seven games at guard the last two seasons, spent plenty of time at tackle during the spring game . ... OU student Shyler Spessard’s 20-yard field goal attempt never had a chance. Spessard was chosen to kick a series of field goals, needing a 40-yarder to earn a semester’s worth of tuition courtesy of Riley. But Riley still made good anyway, announcing that he would pick up the tab anyway . ... Athletic director Joe Castiglione announced Saturday morning that there would be a south end zone stadium dedication ceremony May 5, with tours of the completed new facility offered to fans.