When Sermon entered the transfer portal it was a fairly big surprise to people outside of the program just because he had been a factor for the Sooners in all three of the seasons he played there. Also, not only was he a big factor, but he was playing for one of the top programs in college football. So it’s not like he decided to leave a middling program for a chance at a national title. He is simply leaving one of the top college football programs for another.
This is a monster pickup for the Buckeyes because as mentioned, J.K. Dobbins is off to the NFL after rushing for nearly 4,500 yards and 38 touchdowns in three seasons, leaving the Buckeyes with one real proven running back to flank Justin Fields in the backfield.
Master Teague ran for 789 yards and four touchdowns last season, but with the addition of Sermon, he isn’t going to be forced to take on all of the workload. Teague also suffered a lower-leg injury during Spring practice, so this will allow him more time to try and recover.
Again, it’s pretty stunning to see a player of Sermon’s caliber leave a school like Oklahoma. But to be fair he didn’t get as many touches last season as he did the previous two seasons. However, he was just as effective in those ten games that he did play in, averaging 7.1 yards per rush attempt and 7.4 yards per touch.
On top of having 2,076 rushing yards and 22 touchdowns in three seasons, Sermon also has 391 yards receiving, to go with three more touchdowns. He also averaged 10.9 yards per catch in his days at Oklahoma.
This is a monster pickup and will likely make Ryan Day’s offense even more lethal.
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