Just under two months after suffering his third season-ending injury in four years, Oklahoma Sooners running back Rodney Anderson has announced his intention to declare for the 2019 NFL Draft. The fact that he is doing this is a testament to how immensely talented he happens to be, as well as his demonstrated ability to recover from serious injuries.
On Thursday afternoon, Anderson announced his decision via Twitter, thanking coaches, teammates, trainers and fans in the process.
The Katy, Texas native left and did not return after sustaining a knee injury in the first half of OU’s matchup against UCLA, and it was later announced that he would miss the season. Anderson previously missed the majority of the 2015 season (broken non-weight-bearing bone in leg) and the entirety of the 2016 campaign (neck injury), but he was finally able to burst onto the scene in 2017. 1161 rushing yards on 6.2 yards per carry later, he entered the 2018 season with a ton of hope. His incredible athleticism made him a total package in both the running game and the passing game, and he was arguably the most dangerous offensive weapon in the country before his collegiate career was derailed. In fact, he might have been the most complete back we’ve seen in Norman. He was that good in that small of a sample size.
Although Anderson has had terrible injury luck, it’s somewhat fortunate that the three injuries are different in nature — meaning that there isn’t necessarily a chronic issue that will plague him in the future. He has also demonstrated an ability to recover quickly and return stronger, so I don;t think there’s much doubt that he’ll do quite well at the next level.
It’s unfortunate that OU fans were only able to get a brief glimpse of him in an Oklahoma uniform, but this kid has a bright future ahead of him if he can stay relatively healthy. I think he’ll do us proud at the next level.