After an up-and-down sophomore campaign, former Oklahoma Sooners running back Abdul Adams has transferred to Syracuse, where he is enrolled in classes.
Adams rushed for 542 yards and a touchdown on 59 attempts as a sophomore in 2017. The Landover, MD native also added five receptions for 80 yards and a TD last season. Adams earned the start in Oklahoma’s first game, but he was never able to consistently hold the position due to concerns with ball security. After being surpassed by Rodney Anderson and Trey Sermon, this move definitely makes sense for Adams.
Dino Babers runs an offense than isn’t much different from what is seen at Oklahoma and much of the Big 12, so the transition shouldn’t be terribly difficult from a schematic perspective. I’m confident that Adams will do quite well up there after he sits out, as he’s an exceptionally quick back who can catch the ball and pass block quite well. We wish him the best, and we’ll always remember him for this 99-yarder in Waco.
As far as Oklahoma is concerned, this really opens things up for a guy like early enrollee TJ Pledger, who will quite possibly be third in the pecking order come springtime (depending on the recovery of Kennedy Brooks). It’ll also be interesting to see what happens with senior-to-be Marcelias Sutton, who looked pretty solid when given a chance in 2017. It’ll be an interesting battle throughout the offseason (and possibly into the season) to see who can seize that third spot at halfback behind Anderson and Sermon.