The University of Oklahoma announced today that Alex Ross will graduate this semester and transfer to another school. As a graduate transfer, Ross is free to play immediately at any program he wishes.
“Alex has been a great teammate and team guy for four years for us, and we’ve always been proud of him,” coach Bob Stoops said. “This is an opportunity for him to go somewhere else and play full time. We wish him the best.”
A former Jenks High School standout, Ross’ track speed and agility made him a highly coveted recruit for the Sooners. In 2012, he was the number one recruit coming out of the state of Oklahoma and the sixth best running back nationally by Rivals.com
Ross has been buried on the depth chart at running back behind Samaje Perine and Joe Mixon but found a niche in the kickoff return game. He shined in 2014 on special teams by finding the end zone on two returns and was voted a 2015 Pre-Season All-American by numerous publications.
As a running back at OU he averaged 6.4 yards per carry with four touchdowns and 786 yards over his three-year career. With the emergence of Perine in 2014, Ross slowly lost playing time as the season progressed. His best rushing performance came in 2014 against Iowa State where he rushed for 144 yards on only 13 carries.
With Perine and Mixon fully entrenched as the main contributors in the running game and the addition of talented redshirt freshman Rodney Anderson, Ross had a minimal chance to make an impact in his final season of eligibility. Losing him as a returner is certainly a hole that needs to be patched up going forward. His production dipped in 2015 though, and he was never able to get going to live up to those Pre-Season All-American accolades.