I’m hesitant to call this player an underdog, but his story parallels that of one. Kennedy Brooks started last season at the bottom of the totem pole (3rd or 4th man in) and shined in the final 8 games. I foresee 2019 as his breakout year.
#26 Kennedy Brooks
Before last season, Brooks had to sit out his first year due to a preseason shoulder injury. After that he was behind RB Rodney Anderson until the middle of the 2018 season. After an injury shook up the run game, Brooks eventually emerged in game 5 against Baylor and made a statement with 107 yards on eight carries, including two rushing touchdowns in a 66-33 Oklahoma win. He then finished the season with 1,056 rushing yards and 6 TDs.
The numbers don’t lie. With that success in such a short period of time, imagine what Kennedy Brooks can do with a whole season. Assuming OUs offensive line continues to have success in the 2019 season, Brooks could have his breakout year.
I’m not the only one who thinks there’s big things to come from this guy. WR CeeDee Lamb had this to say when asked if he was surprised about Brooks’ performance last season..
“Not al all…He’s been doing it since he got here, and now that he has the time to shine, he’s gonna use it.”
– CeeDee Lamb
Unfortunately there is a catch. According to The Daily, Brooks has not been working out with the team this summer due to off the field matters. There is no word on him entering the transfer portal so it’s safe to assume he will be back with the Sooners this fall, but nothing is guaranteed. Hopefully Lincoln Riley will address this at the upcoming Big 12 media day. Regardless, I do wish Brooks the best in whatever he is dealing with and hope this doesn’t affect his potential break out season.
Keep your eyes out for #26
** UPDATE: Brooks has been cleared of any wrongdoing after a title IX investigation. He is set to return to the team.**
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