Running back Rodney Anderson was a guy coaches and players were touting as an overlooked talent heading into the season.
But now with Anderson out for the season with a neck injury, who are some others who could come in under the radar this season for Oklahoma.
Here are three candidates:
1. A.D. Miller, sophomore receiver
The 6-foot-3 Miller should be able to get some quality snaps this season considering the Sooners don’t have an established go-to receiver after the departure of Sterling Shepard.
“A.D. is showing up every day, making some nice plays and really starting to be more consistent,” coach Bob Stoops told The Oklahoman. “He’s done a really nice job.”
Miller, Jeffery Mead and Dahu Green are all projected to play and all could step into that top receiver role.
“I feel like I’ve gotten a lot faster,” Miller said to The Oklahoman. “My hands have gotten better, routes gotten better. I feel like mentally I’ve gotten stronger.”
2. Abdul Adams, freshman running back
Well, someone has to step into Anderson’s role as the back-up running back behind Samaje Perine and Joe Mixon.
Adams could be that guy. He has gotten positive reviews from the coaching staff so far this August.He is a four-star recruit after a 2,036-yard rushing season last year in high school.
Sure, Adams might not be established heading into the season, but he and Daniel Brooks ought to get a shot at some point.
“He has a chance to really be a complete back,” offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley said of Adams to the Oklahoma Daily. “No doubt that he’s got a bright future.”
3. Austin Kendall, Freshman, quarterback
Oklahoma fans don’t want to think about the possibility of Baker Mayfield being injured or missing time, but it’s a real thing.
That means Austin Kendall is going to need to be ready. Trevor Knight is gone. Kyler Murray isn’t eligible, leaving Kendall as the only option.
The 6-foot-1, 210-pound freshman has already gotten better, Stoops said.
“Just continues to improve,” Stoops said of Kendall to The Oklahoman. “He’s taken a big jump that’s been really positive. Really looks comfortable.”