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College Sports: Oklahoma RB Rodney Anderson announces he will leave Sooners, prepare for NFL Draft

Oklahoma running back Rodney Anderson is heading to the NFL. 

The injured Sooner announced his decision on Twitter Tuesday night with a heartfelt message:

“With my degree already in hand and after much discussion with my family, I have chosen to set my sights on the NFL and focus on preparing for the 2019 NFL Draft,” Anderson wrote in-part. “This was not an easy decision, but I believe I am ready for the next step.”

Anderson suffered a season-ending knee injury earlier this year. Coming into the 2018 campaign, he was a Heisman trophy candidate and considered one of the best running backs in the nation. 

This is not a surprising decision for the junior. Anderson, who has already graduated, was likely to head to the NFL after the 2018 regardless of how it went. He was one of the nation’s most productive running backs in 2017, including a 200-yard performance vs Georgia in the Rose Bowl. 

Anderson’s primary concern at the next level will likely be staying healthy. This was his third season-ending injury in four years at Oklahoma. The first two were complete fluke issues: a broken leg on a special teams play against Tennessee in 2015 and a serious neck injury suffered in fall camp in 2016. 

According to WalterFootball.com, Anderson is projected to be drafted somewhere between rounds four and six. 

Anderson is the first of several Sooners’ underclassmen to make this decision public.

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