Here’s my 2 cents (and that’s all it may be worth) from all that I’ve read and the videos I’ve watched.
- He’s 6 foot 220 and runs a mid 4.5 in the 40.
- Sermon is a true 3-down RB with elite blocking and passing skills.
- He’s not a burner speed wise but neither are any of their stable of backs.
- He lost his starting job due to a tore ACL and the fact his backups played well and they prize timing on the offense which is lost while on the bench.
- I have yet to read one bad take on the guy from OU coaches or fans. His work ethic and grasp of the game are above average.
- OU has rotated RBs every year that Lincoln Riley has been there, and even the current starter wouldn’t likely see more than a 60% snap count.
- All 4 OU RBs on scholarship that could have been possible starters (Rodney Anderson, Trey Sermon, T.J. Pledger and Kennedy Brooks) came into the 2019 season with gaps in their careers with injuries. Unfortunately for Sermon, his injury was the most recent.
- Within the rotation of backs, Sermon had the broadest skill set.
- The new RB coach DeMarco Murray has already stated he is treating all of the RBs the same from day one in a crowded group of talented players. Coming to tOSU could provide Sermon the ability to be the bell cow for an offense that is set to be lethal.
- Although he doesn’t have the top gear JK has, he’s a BRUISER!
Pro Football Focus writes, "when he was healthy in 2018, Sermon was easily one of the best backs in the FBS. That year, Sermon had an elite PFF grade of 90.8 that ranked fifth and a WAA total that was second at his position in the country. His 0.35 broken tackles forced per attempt in 2018 was third to NFL backs David Montgomery and Devin Singletary. He’ll likely split time with Kennedy Brooks, but regardless of who carries the ball more, Oklahoma is clearly set at the position.”
- His transition to tOSU’s playbook isn’t a jump in philosophy, just terminology. The line and blocking schemes were going to be tweaked for Master Teague anyway.
- He’s mature and a seasoned veteran.
So barring injury this is a godsend for the program. Even if Teague comes back, just having some depth is much needed and welcomed.