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Rodney Anderson | Running Back

Team: Oklahoma Sooners
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 220

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Oklahoma junior RB Rodney Anderson declared for the 2019 NFL Draft.
Anderson (6'1/220) has been away from the Sooners rehabbing a season-ending knee injury sustained in Week 2 of the college football campaign and it was widely assumed that he would be declaring for the draft at some point. His health will very much be scrutinized by the NFL during the upcoming winter and spring evaluating season. Not only does he have this year's season-ending knee injury on his medical ledger, he suffered a campaign-ending broken leg early in the 2015 season and a fractured vertebrae in the 2016 offseason which prevented him from playing that year. Anderson was finally, finally able to recognize some of his talent when he rushed for 1,161 yards (6.2 YPC) and 13 touchdowns in 2017. Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline called him a "tough ball carrier with excellent size, vision and strength" over the summer, at the time grading him out as a third-round prospect. Again, medical checks will be key, here. Nov 1 - 7:18 PM

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Oklahoma junior RB Rodney Anderson (knee) has elected to rehab his knee injury away from the team.

"Rodney’s dad is in the medical field," head coach Lincoln Riley told the Tulsa World. "With this particular injury, (the Anderson family) had a doctor and a rehab center that they wanted to use. They chose to do that." The talented tailback hasn't played since Week 2 against UCLA, and was ruled out for the season after suffering the injury against the Bruins. Some have speculated that Anderson's time with the Sooners is over, as he's eligible for the draft. It sounds like that's not in concrete, however, as Anderson is still mulling all his options. We should know more about what Anderson plans to do in the coming months.
Oct 29 - 7:23 PM

Oklahoma announced that redshirt junior RB Rodney Anderson (knee) will miss the remainder of the season.

The injury occurred in Saturday's 49-21 win over UCLA. For Anderson, it's just the latest setback in an injury-marred career. As a true frosh in 2015, he suffered a season-ending broken leg in Week 2 vs. Tennessee. The next summer in camp, Anderson suffered a fractured vertebra that ended his season before it began. Last year, working his way back to health, Anderson didn't get much work until Oct. 21 against K-State. But in OU's last eight games, Anderson went ballistic, averaging 134.9 rushing yards, 1.375 rushing TD, 1.75 catches, 31.75 receiving yards and 0.625 receiving TD per game. In May, Rotoworld's Thor Nystrom ranked Anderson as the No. 2 RB in the 2019 NFL Draft. But now we'd expect Anderson to return to school. What amounts to a nine-game sample size of excellence just isn't enough to offer the NFL in conjunction with his durability issues. Were Anderson to return, remain healthy, and star, he could rehab his stock. But the durability concerns are real.
Sep 9 - 9:54 PM

Following Saturday's win over UCLA, Oklahoma HC Lincoln Riley said that he had "nothing definitive" and was "hoping for the best" regarding the health of redshirt junior RB Rodney Anderson.

Anderson, who suffered a right knee injury on the final play of the first quarter, rushed for 19 yards and a touchdown on six carries prior to his departure. Oklahoma handled its running game by committee from that point forward, with four players having at least six carries on the day. QB Kyler Murray's 69 yards and two touchdowns on ten carries led the way. As for the RB position, Trey Sermon, Marcelias Sutton and T.J. Pledger all stand to get a shot should Anderson be sidelined for an extended period of time.
Sep 8 - 5:24 PM

Oklahoma redshirt junior RB Rodney Anderson (knee) was spotted following Saturday's win over UCLA with a wrap and a knee brace on his right leg.

Anderson (6 carries, 19 yards, 1 TD) suffered the injury on the final play of the first quarter, grabbing his knee after running for a gain of ten yards. It remains to be seen how much time Anderson will have to miss, but an extended absence would be a major hit for the Sooners to absorb. QB Kyler Murray led the Sooners in rushing Saturday, racking up 69 yards and two touchdowns on ten carries, with T.J. Pledger (7 carries, 45 yards), Marcelias Sutton (5 carries, 33 yards, 1 TD) and Trey Sermon (7 carries, 13 yards) also getting reps.
Sep 8 - 4:53 PM

Oklahoma redshirt junior RB Rodney Anderson (knee) has been ruled out for the remainder of Saturday's game against UCLA.

Anderson, who finished the game with 19 yards on six carries, suffered an apparent right knee injury on a 10-yard run on the final play of the first quarter. With Anderson no longer available sophomore Trey Sermon shouldered the load at running back, with QB Kyler Murray also getting the opportunity to run the football. Look for a heavy dose of Sermon and Murray in the Oklahoma run game as long as Anderson remains sidelined.
Sep 8 - 3:12 PM

Oklahoma redshirt junior RB Rodney Anderson left Saturday's game against UCLA after suffering a right knee injury.

Anderson was taken back to the Oklahoma locker room after the injury, which occurred on a 10-yard run that turned out to be the final play of the first quarter. Anderson had 19 rushing yards and a touchdown on six carries at the time of his departure. Sophomore Trey Sermon is next in line should Anderson have to miss the remainder of the game as a result of the injury, with senior Marcelias Sutton available as well.
Sep 8 - 2:14 PM

Oklahoma redshirt junior RB Rodney Anderson rushed for 100 yards on only five carries in Saturday's 63-14 win over FAU.

Anderson kicked things off with a 30-yard touchdown run midway through the first quarter. Early in the second quarter, he ripped off a 65-yard touchdown run off an option pitch where Anderson broke two tackles near the sideline and sprinted into the end zone untouched from there. By that point, it was 35-0 Sooners and Anderson's services weren't required for much longer. Anderson (6'1/220) is one of the top-three RB prospects in the 2019 NFL Draft class. We also believe he's a darkhorse Heisman candidate.
Sep 1 - 3:47 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline gives redshirt junior RB Rodney Anderson a 3rd round grade.

Anderson (6'1/220) has been projected to go higher than that by some analysts. Pauline says Anderson has the traits to be a feature runner in the NFL, but doesn't have it at the moment. "Anderson is a tough ball carrier with excellent size, vision, and strength," says Pauline. Already an accomplished runner, Anderson will be running behind what Pauline grades as four future NFL lineman in Dru Samia (3rd or 4th rounder), Bobby Evans (5th rounder), Ben Powers (6th rounder), and Cody Ford (UDFA).
Aug 27 - 9:08 PM

The Draft Network's Jon Ledyard projects Oklahoma redshirt junior RB Rodney Anderson to be the first running back selected in the 2019 draft.

This was the case in Ledyard's most recent mock where Anderson was selected with pick No. 30. It's weird to think about the first running back being selected all the way at pick No. 30 after three straight years of one going inside the top-5, but this class doesn't have nearly as much talent. Speaking to Anderson's potential, Ledyard said, "Anderson is big, physical and instinctive as a runner. He consistently finishes through contact, and his hands are promising in the passing game." Anderson is already in most scouts' top-five running backs and has as good of a chance as any of being selected as one.
Aug 13 - 8:55 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein lists Oklahoma redshirt junior RB Rodney Anderson fourth among running backs to watch during the 2018 season.

Anderson is the first upperclassmen to make Zierlein's list, as the top three tailbacks -- D'Andre Swift, J.K. Dobbins and Jonathan Taylor -- are sophomores. Anderson enjoyed a breakout season in 2017, and Zierlein took notice. "Anderson is able to combine plus size with dual-threat ability to provide production on any down and from anywhere on the field," he writes. "One area that does concern me a little bit is the amount of punishing hits Anderson takes in any given game." That last tidbit will be something scouts will be wary of, but he does offer big upside for all the reasons Zierlein lists.
Jul 23 - 11:59 AM reports that Oklahoma redshirt sophomore RB Rodney Anderson will return to school for the 2018 season.

We've yet to receive confirmation from Anderson on the matter, but a return would not be coming out of the blue. After the Rose Bowl, Sooners HC Lincoln Riley said that he hadn't had any draft conversations with the 6-foot-1, 204-pounder. Anderson came on hot down the stretch during the 2017 season, posting 100-yard rushing efforts in six of his last eight games while rolling his way to 1,161 yards (6.2 YPC) and 11 touchdowns for the campaign as a whole.
Jan 10 - 6:18 PM

Oklahoma HC Lincoln Riley said that he does not believe redshirt sophomore RB Rodney Anderson will declare for the NFL Draft.

Riley said that he has not had any conversations with Anderson regarding the draft. That does not mean that the 6-foot-1, 204-pounder is a lock to return to Norman, but at the very least, it's not a topic that's been broached. The redshirt sophomore went out in high style this season, rolling for 202 yards and two scores on the ground during Monday's wild double-overtime Rose Bowl loss to Georgia. For the campaign as a whole, he rushed for 1,162 yards and 13 touchdowns, with six 100-yard efforts in his final eight games.
Jan 3 - 1:52 PM

Oklahoma redshirt sophomore RB Rodney Anderson rushed for 202 yards and two touchdowns on 26 carries in Monday's 54-48 double-overtime loss to Georgia in the Rose Bowl.

In a game dominated by running backs on both sides, Anderson topped all-comers with his 202 yards on the ground. The 6-foot-1, 204-pounder notched a nine-yard run in the first quarter and broke free for a 41-yard touchdown scamper near the start of the second quarter. He ends the season having rushed for 1,162 yards and 13 touchdowns across 13 games played, topping 100 yards on the ground in six of his final eight games. We've heard no draft scuttlebutt on a potential Anderson declaration this winter, but that will be something to keep an eye on. He's eligible to enter the pool as a redshirt sophomore.
Jan 1 - 9:52 PM

Cleveland County District Attorney Greg Mashburn announced that his office would not pursue charges against Oklahoma redshirt sophomore Rodney Anderson.

Earlier in December, a woman filed for an order of protection against Anderson, with details coming out later that the woman was a "victim of rape" and calling Anderson an "accused rapist." It was reported last week that he passed a three-hour polygraph test administered by a former FBI investigator. Barring a surprise, he should be on the field when the Sooners take on Georgia in the Rose Bowl on New Year's Day.
Thu, Dec 14, 2017 03:39:00 PM