NORMAN- The Oklahoma Sooners will be without another offensive weapon for the 2020 season.
Jason Kersey of The Athletic first reported Kennedy Brooks will opt out of the upcoming football season.
Entering his third season as the primary ball carrier, the redshirt junior has rushed for 2,067 yards and 18 touchdowns for the Sooners. Last season, Brooks’ 1,011 yards on 155 carries was good enough for second on the team, trailing only quarterback Jalen Hurts.
Not only has Brooks been productive, but he’s been explosive as well. He has ranked toward the bottom of carries amongst 1,000-yard rushers each of the last two seasons under Lincoln Riley.
The news will hit the Oklahoma rushing attack hard as Trey Sermon transferred to Ohio State earlier this year, and Rhamondre Stevenson’s status is unclear following his suspension from the Peach Bowl.
T.J. Pledger and Marcus Major are the only other running backs who logged carries last year, combining for just 20 carries between the two of them last season.
Between Kennedy Brooks, Jalen Hurts, Trey Sermon, *Rhamondre Stevenson, and CeeDee Lamb, Oklahoma will be without the players who accounted for 93% (!) of their rushing attempts last season to start 2020
*Will return from suspension eventually #Sooners
— Josh Callaway (@JoshCallaway714) August 16, 2020
Brooks’ decision marks the first Sooner to opt out of the 2020 season.
Riley did not rule out adding transfers to the roster in a zoom conference with local media yesterday.
“We’ll always look at who’s out there,” Riley said.
Running back may be a position Oklahoma wishes to dip into the transfer portal to fill without Brooks or potentially Stevenson to start the year.
Freshman Seth McGowan will have a chance to prove himself early on with plenty of carries to go around in the backfield.
However Oklahoma handles the loss, there are big shoes to fill in the running backs room in Norman.