The Sooners depth in the backfield took another hit on Thursday. Heartland College Sports has exclusively learned that running back Marcelias Sutton suffered a leg fracture in a freak accident in practice.
Sutton has 29 carries this season for 152 yards and two touchdowns. He’s primarily played a back up role to Trey Sermon and Kennedy Brooks, along with Rodney Anderson. But with Anderson also out for the season, this leaves the Sooners with just three scholarship running backs in Trey Sermon, Kennedy Brooks and T.J. Pledger, none of whom are upperclassmen.
Sutton came to OU as part of the Class of 2017 and was the No. 2 ranked JUCO running back in the country and was a four-star recruit by ESPN. He was an honorable mention NJCAA All-American in 2016 as a sophomore, rushing for 907 yards on 130 carries. Last season he played in 13 games with 22 carries for 130 yards and two touchdowns.
The Sooners still have a solid 1-2 punch in Sermon and Brooks, but the depth is certainly an issue for an OU offense that is rushing for 236 yards per game, which is tops in the Big 12. The Sooners are ranked 13th in FBS in rushings yards per game and 4th in the nation in total offense. The Sooners actually have three of the top 10 rushers per game in the Big 12 in Brooks, Sermon and quarterback Kyler Murray, who’s averaging 60 yards per game on the ground.
OU is coming off a dominant win over Kansas State last week and now hits the road to face Kliff Kingsbury and the Texas Tech Red Raiders in Lubbock on Saturday night.
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