UPDATE: Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley confirmed Sunday night that Rodney Anderson will miss the rest of the season.
“We’re heartbroken for him,” Riley said in a statement. “He’s overcome so much in his career, and if anybody can do it again it’s Rodney. He’s played a lot of great football and has a lot more ahead of him. He’s just a tremendous person and player, and we’ll miss him on the field. But we know he’ll be with us every step of the way as a team captain and that other players will step up in his place.”
The Sooners easily took care of UCLA on Saturday, but it looks like it came at a cost. Midway through the second quarter, Rodney Anderson went down clutching his knee. Anderson was immediately taken back to the locker room, and early reports are that he is done for the season.
Word I’m getting is Rodney Anderson is done for the year. Lincoln Riley will have to confirm that, but it does not sound good. #Sooners
— Carson Cunningham (@KOCOCarson) September 8, 2018
Thoughts for Rod. It’s not good yall
— J.D. Runnels jr. (@Just_JD38) September 8, 2018
Anderson didn’t come out of the locker room until the second half, and when he did, he was in street clothes and sporting a large brace on his leg.
— Madeline Roberts (@madrobs_) September 8, 2018
A preseason All-Big 12 media selection, this is a disappointing setback as Anderson was poised for a big year. Anderson is no stranger to setbacks, though. He missed his first two years to injury. In 2015, he injured his knee in week two against Tennessee. In 2016, he suffered a neck injury in preseason camp. Now it looks like yet another season will be lost.
Anderson has always had the potential, but became a breakout star last season against Kansas State. He went off for 147 yards on 19 carries and was the Sooner’s premier back from that point on.
If reports are true, Anderson will finish the season with 119 yards on 11 carries and three touchdowns.