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Oklahoma’s Rodney Anderson Declares For NFL Draft

The Sooners star running back has declared for the NFL Draft; ending speculation at a possible 2019 return to Oklahoma.

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The Sooners lost a big piece, though they have many, of their offense when Rodney Anderson went down with a season-ending knee injury against UCLA in week two. The injury left the door open for Anderson to return for the 2019 season, but that will not happen.

Anderson ruled out a possible return by declaring for the NFL Draft on Thursday.

“During my recruiting visit to Oklahoma,” Anderson said, “I immediately sensed the strong family atmosphere and knew that this was where I wanted to attend school and play college football.

“I thoroughly enjoyed these past four years in Norman and am proud to have worn the crimson and cream. The bonds I formed with my teammates, coaches and friends are special to me and being selected captain this season has truly been an honor. 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. This was not an easy decision, but I believe I am ready for this next step.”

Anderson’s time at Oklahoma has been defined by potential, and by injury. In 2015, he suffered a broken leg in the second game of the season, ending his freshman campaign. In 2016, suffered a fractured vertebrae during the preseason. For the second-straight year, it was a season-ending injury.

2017 was Anderson’s breakout season. After receiving limited touches leading up to the Texas game, Anderson broke out against the Longhorns with 10 carries for 48 yards and a score. From that point on, Anderson averaged 20 carries and over 120 yards a game. He managed to become one of the Big 12’s leading rushers with 1,161 yards and 13 touchdowns, despite receiving a combined 12 carries in the first four games of the season.

Unfortunetly, 2018 has been another setback for the dynamic runner, and due to his injuries, we don’t blame him for wanting to get to the NFL as quickly as possible. However, the concern for NFL teams is whether or not he can stay healthy, and that will weigh on his draft stock.

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