Anderson shines when opportunity knocks
NORMAN (AP) It seemed Oklahoma running back Rodney Anderson might never get the chance to live up to his enormous potential.
He suffered a season-ending knee injury two games into the 2015 season and a season-ending neck injury in fall camp in 2016.
This season, he's has been eased into action. An injury to Abdul Adams provided an opportunity, and Anderson capitalized this past Saturday against Kansas State. The redshirt sophomore ran for 147 yards and scored the game-winning touchdown in a 42-35 win over Kansas State . He also caught four passes for 30 yards and a score.
"I think that's the first step for Rodney," Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield said. "He hasn't played the past few years so he's only going to get better, which is a pretty scary thought for other teams because he's just getting going."
The Sooners hope Anderson keeps it going Saturday when the 10th-ranked Sooners host Texas Tech.
Anderson is 6-foot-2 and a solid 218 pounds, yet he has breakaway speed, as demonstrated on his 22-yard game winner . Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley said Anderson may be the team's most complete back.
"I saw him run through a bunch of tackles the other day," Riley said. "He runs hard and he catches the ball well. But he's also got some homerun speed. He popped some big ones the other day where he's got a pretty good gear to him. So I would say physically, he's the best one we have."