As the Big 12 and the Oklahoma Sooners gear up for the 2020 college football season, they will have to plan for it without running back Kennedy Brooks, who has opted out of the upcoming season.
As first reported by The Athletic, the redshirt junior running back informed head coach Lincoln Riley of his decision on Sunday. In the last two seasons, Brooks has rushed for a combined 2,067 yards and 18 touchdowns.
With Lincoln Riley likely to be working in a redshirt freshman quarterback in Spencer Rattler, Brooks was expected to be a nice safety net in the backfield. However with Brooks out and Trey Sermon transferring to Ohio State in the offseason, the Sooners depth chart at running back takes a big blow on talent and experience.
The Sooners backup Rhamondre Stevenson is under suspension for the first few games and the next man up for Oklahoma would be T.J. Pledger.
Brooks was projected to be one of the better running backs entering the 2021 NFL Draft and it’s possible he may use the upcoming few months to prepare for the next round. And as a running back, saving his body from carries in a season where it’s not entirely clear what the health risks are going to be, was a decision that Brooks decided was in his best interest.
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