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Oklahoma Sooners Football: Oklahoma freshman RB Kennedy Brooks to miss 2017 season with shoulder injury

Oklahoma’s freshman running back had shoulder surgery earlier this week.

NCAA Football: Big 12 Media Days Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Oklahoma Sooners head coach Lincoln Riley informed the media on Saturday that freshman running back Kennedy Brooks is out for the 2017 season with a shoulder injury. Brooks had surgery on the shoulder earlier in the week.

Brooks was a four-star recruit out of Mansfield (TX) High School and rushed for 2,679 yards and 35 touchdowns as a senior. He likely would have been behind Oklahoma’s four other scholarship running backs on the depth chart in 2017, but that doesn’t necessarily mean he wouldn’t have seen the field. Brooks is an exceedingly talented back with the size and speed to make a real impact at the collegiate level, and he likely would have had his chances in Oklahoma’s new RB-by-committee approach. Oklahoma’s RB group now consists of redshirt sophomore Rodney Anderson, sophomore Abdul Adams, JUCO transfer Marcelias Sutton and true freshman Trey Sermon.

Hopefully Brooks’ surgery will take care of the problems he’s been experiencing. Getting it out of the way now, taking a redshirt year and coming back at full strength in 2018 seems like a wise decision, and we wish Kennedy a speedy recovery!