The countdown to kickoff is on. Over the 100 days before Texas takes on Maryland, we’re counting down the 100 best players the Longhorns will face in 2017. This series is all about impressing your friends at pregame tailgates and watch parties, so grab a notepad and buckle up.
Who is he?
Someone in the Oklahoma backfield is going to benefit from having one of the best offensive lines in the country. So far, Rodney Anderson looks like that guy, assuming he can stay healthy. Since arriving in Norman, the former 4-star recruit from Katy has suffered a pair of season-ending injuries. In 2015, he broke his leg Week 2 at Tennessee. Last year, he suffered a broken neck in preseason.
What should the Longhorns watch for?
Sooners fans have been waiting nearly two years to see Anderson in action. As a senior at Katy, he rushed for 2,485 yards and 36 touchdowns. Listed at 6-foot-2, 218 pounds, he certainly fits the mold of the next great OU running back. If not? Third-leading rusher Abdul Adams (283 yards in 2016), junior college star Marcelias Sutton and freshmen Trey Sermon and Kennedy Brooks are ready to step in if called upon.
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