Run­ning back Trey Ser­mon in­jured in spring game

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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.”

Ex­tra points

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.

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