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