Categorize this under the “straight out of left field” category. In the most bizarre set of circumstances it looks like Oklahoma has lost yet another scholarship running back for the 2021 season.
Tre Bradford, who transferred from LSU to OU in June is no longer with the team. According to the OU Daily, the student newspaper at Oklahoma, Bradford had missed the last two practices. The paper reached out to the athletic department for details but received no response.
This news comes absolutely at the worst time as just this week the Sooners coaching staff received news that Marcus Major was ruled academically ineligible for this coming season. In the aforementioned article, Tre Bradford was directly mentioned as someone that would benefit most from the loss of Major. In less than 96 hours Bradford himself is gone.
The Sooners are left with two scholarship running backs in Kennedy Brooks, who returned after opting out due to concerns about COVID and Tennessee transfer Eric Gray. Jaden Knowles, a walk-on running back could see some meaningful carries going forward.
Could Bradford be heading back to LSU in a bizarre happening of events? Our friends at LSUWire speculated it as a very loose possibility. Is there a chance he still ends up playing at Oklahoma this year? That remains to be seen. Whatever the case may be, it’s certain that this is a very unfortunate turn of events for an OU program snakebitten by some tough personnel issues in their RB room.
With less than two weeks until the season, Lincoln Riley and DeMarco Murray are left trying to pick up the pieces as they get ready to try and make a run for a national title.