Rod­ney An­der­son keeps a low pro­file af­ter break­out month

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Rod­ney An­der­son is quickly be­com­ing a house­hold name around af­ter a month of big­time per­for­mances.

But the run­ning back isn’t let­ting that get to his head as he tries to main­tain a low pro­file around cam­pus.

“To be hon­est, it’s about the same,” An­der­son said of life af­ter his 290-yard per­for­mance against TCU. “I ride my skate­board to class, and that’s about it.”

An­der­son also stays pretty low key by stay­ing off so­cial me­dia. De­spite plenty of urg­ing from friends and fam­ily, the red­shirt sopho­more doesn’t have a Twit­ter ac­count.

“That’s some­thing — peo­ple have been on me about that for a long time,” he said. “I don’t know, I might make one here soon. I just don’t re­ally see what I’d be do­ing on there.”

May­field odds on Heis­man fa­vorite

How much has quar­ter­back Baker May­field sep­a­rated him­self in the Heis­man race?

A $100 bet on May­field to win the award as col­lege foot­ball’s best player will win you a whop­ping $5. Ac­cord­ing to Bo­vada, May­field’s odds to win are ½0. Penn State run­ning back Saquon Barkley and Stan­ford run­ning back Bryce Love are be­hind May­field by a con­sid­er­able dis­tance at

10/1 odds. All other Heis­man pos­si­bil­i­ties are off the board in Bo­vada’s book.

Odds­mak­ers are also feel­ing de­cently con­fi­dent in the Soon­ers abil­ity to win the Col­lege Foot­ball Play­off Cham­pi­onship.

OU sits at 4/1 odds to win the cham­pi­onship game, just be­hind Alabama at 10/11. A week ago, OU’s odds were

14/1 while May­field’s odds were 4/7.

Award sea­son rolls on for Soon­ers

With the reg­u­lar sea­son wind­ing down, the col­lege foot­ball awards sea­son is crank­ing up.

Sev­eral Soon­ers are in con­tention for some of those awards. While May­field won’t know if he’s of­fi­cially a Heis­man fi­nal­ist for a cou­ple of weeks, he does have some news about other na­tional awards.

On Tues­day, May­field was named as one of five fi­nal­ists for the Johnny Uni­tas Golden Arm Award. The award is given to the na­tion’s top se­nior or fourthyear ju­nior quar­ter­back. He was a fi­nal­ist for the Johnny Uni­tas Award last year.

May­field is also one of four fi­nal­ists for the Burlsworth Tro­phy, awarded an­nu­ally to a col­lege foot­ball player who be­gan his ca­reer as a walk-on. May­field won the award the last two sea­sons.

Mean­while, wide re­ceiver/ tight end Mark An­drews landed on the Mackey Award semi­fi­nal­ist list. The honor is given to col­lege foot­ball’s top tight end.

Walk-on Wed­nes­day: Nathan Wo­mack

Nathan Wo­mack wanted to play Di­vi­sion I foot­ball, to the point of telling Di­vi­sion II schools that pur­sued him when he was at Nor­man North, “thanks but no thanks.”

“I pretty much told a lot of them I wasn’t in­ter­ested in go­ing to any of them, to not even of­fer me pretty much,” Ok­la­homa’s red­shirt fresh­man walk-on re­ceiver said.

But Wo­mack wasn’t plan­ning on walk­ing on, in­stead de­cid­ing to head to ju­nior col­lege at NEO in Mi­ami.

That only lasted one sum­mer, though.

“I had some stuff hap­pen­ing back home so I ended up go­ing back home and then I ended up here,” Wo­mack said.

Wo­mack watched as his for­mer high school team­mate, Nick Basquine, earned a schol­ar­ship last year af­ter walk­ing on for the Soon­ers.

“It’s hope,” Wo­mack said. “It just gives you some hope that you can do it for your­self,” Wo­mack said. “I have a lot of con­fi­dence in my­self that one day I can do the same thing and be given that same op­por­tu­nity to go out there and show what I can do and work my way up.”

[PHOTO BY SARAH PHIPPS, THE OK­LA­HOMAN]

Mark An­drews is a semi­fi­nal­ist for the Mackey Award, given to col­lege foot­ball’s top tight end.

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