Oklahoma lost one of the the top kickoff return men in the country over the weekend when redshirt senior Alex Ross announced that he'd be transferring out of the program. The NCAA transfer rule allows Ross to play immediately, because he has completed his degree, so not he's looking for a new home and it may just be Columbia, Missouri.
According to reports from 247Sports, Ross visited Missouri over the weekend. The Tigers are in need of running backs and Ross is in need of a new home so the two could end up being a good fit for each other. It's also worth noting that Columbia is less than six hours away from Ross' home town of Jenks, Oklahoma, making it possible for family to take weekend trips for games.
Ross was the nation's sixth ranked running back and the top player in Oklahoma (according to 247Sports) as a senior in high school. However, his lack of lateral movement plus the additions of Samaje Perine and Joe Mixon to the roster kept Ross' primary role on the team as a kick returner, where the Sooners could take advantage of his straight line speed.
Ross excelled on special teams, where he was an All-American and All-Conference player in 2014, and that's where the impact of his departure will be felt the most. Not too long ago there really wasn't anything special about Oklahoma's special teams and Ross helped change that. His speed is top notch and hitting the seam on a kickoff return almost seemed second nature to him.
We wish Alex nothing but the best, where ever he lands, and recognize that he's left a big void to fill on Oklahoma's special teams.