Oklahoma football has been dealing with significant injuries all season. The Sooners lost star running back Rodney Anderson earlier this year, and now his replacement Trey Sermon is dealing with issues.
Sermon has done a fantastic job in Anderson’s stead, rushing for 851 on just 132 carries and 10 touchdowns this season.
He only got one touch for five yards before leaving the game with an apparent ankle injury last week, during a 55-40 win over Kansas, and now Oklahoma has a short week to deal with.
Running backs Trey Sermon and T.J. Pledger are among the Sooners recovering from injuries this week.
During his Monday press conference, Riley issued updates on Sermon, Pledger, defensive lineman Neville Gallimore, and defensive back Justin Broiles, among others.
“I think there’s a chance, but neither one of (Sermon and Gallimore) were really very close to being able to help us last week either. The short week is probably working against us a little bit there.”
“Broiles is doing well. I think more of a scare than anything. Certainly when we got out there to go check on him. They were able to keep an eye on him overnight, and everything’s progressed extremely well I would say. Certainly not anything long-term with Broiles. T.J. is kind of in that same category as Trey, as Neville. He’s been a little nicked up, he’s been close. We thought middle of last week there was a chance. By the end, there wasn’t even a chance, just wasn’t quite ready. I think there’s a chance this week, but he hasn’t practiced with us yet.”
Freshman running back Kennedy Brooks was the main option in the backfield last week, with Sermon out. He ran for 171 yards and two touchdowns against the porous Jayhawks defense.
He’ll be the guy behind Kyler Murray once again, if Sermon can’t go. The Sooners travel to West Virginia on Friday.
The game in Morgantown kicks off at 8 p.m. ET.