Rod­ney An­der­son, 6-2, 218 pounds, red­shirt sopho­more

The Oklahoman - - SPORTS -

Why he’s dif­fer­ent: An­der­son got rave re­views in the last two pre­sea­sons be­fore suf­fer­ing sea­son-end­ing in­juries each time. His body ab­so­lutely looks ready to be a No. 1-type of back, but his pro­duc­tion to this point hasn’t shown that at all. He has just seven car­ries through two games for just 24 yards, less than half the yardage that any of the other three run­ning backs have.

When he should be used: Right now, as a change-of­pace type back. An­der­son hasn’t shown that he can han­dle be­ing an every-down back yet and it’s hard to see him be­com­ing that player soon. His role could grow as the sea­son goes on, though, if he can take ad­van­tage of the op­por­tu­ni­ties he does get.

Trey Ser­mon, 6-0, 222 pounds, fresh­man

Why he’s dif­fer­ent: Ser­mon seemed like the long shot out of the four who were around in the spring to come in ready to play. But Ser­mon has a solid spring — in­clud­ing a spring game-high 73 yards rush­ing — and steadily showed prom­ise dur­ing pre­sea­son camp. Though he wasn’t on Ok­la­homa’s ini­tial three-deep at the po­si­tion, Ser­mon has re­acted well to game sit­u­a­tions.

When he should be used: Ser­mon cer­tainly is look­ing like an every-down back. His com­bi­na­tion of pow­er­ful run­ning com­bined with the abil­ity to catch the ball out of the back­field gives Ser­mon a ver­sa­til­ity to re­main on the field. He needs to con­tinue to make progress as a blocker, but that fig­ures to come as the sea­son pro­gresses.

Marcelias Sut­ton, 5-8, 192 pounds, ju­nior

Why he’s dif­fer­ent: Sut­ton is the small­est of the four backs, but he runs just as hard. He has the po­ten­tial to be a faster back than the other three. He’s got a quick ac­cel­er­a­tion, hon­ing that tal­ent in the triple jump at James Ke­nan High School in War­saw, N.C.

When he should be used: Sut­ton’s size can be a dis­ad­van­tage, and he was stuffed a cou­ple times when he got on the field against UTEP. He should be used in first or sec­ond down sit­u­a­tions to pick up big gains early on. He could also be used in the re­turn game if OU wants to use some­one other than wide re­ceiver Jeff Badet.

RYAN ABER AND BROOKE PRYOR, STAFF WRIT­ERS

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