It’s official: Brooks will redshirt this season
“He wasn’t able to practice but we still brought him in with the 105 group (this summer), so that he could rehabilitate,” Stoops told Sooner Nation. “He’s been diligent out there with the trainers and he’s been running the past week-and-a-half. He’s been very diligent just going through the phase. And he’s doing well with it.”
Brooks tore his ACL during the spring at a track meet on his first attempt in the long jump and thrn traveled to Norman to have his knee surgically repaired by Oklahoma doctors.
The 5-foot-9, 170-pound speedster is finally running again and hopes to regain his health as he redshirts this season.
Brooks is projected as a running back, but the Sooners have also shown some interest in having him play defensive back.
Stoops added that the Sooners never wavered in honoring Brooks’ scholarship, even though it was apparent he had a long recovery back from severed ligaments in his knee.
“It is the right thing to do,” Stoops said. “He made a commitment to us and we were committed to him. Now, it’s a different story had you offered a guy and he never committed to you. You’re not obligated there. But if we tell a guy that, then we’re going to stay with it. Most all the coaches I know would do that. I’d be pretty surprised if anyone didn’t do that.”
Oklahoma—currently ranked No. 4 in the nation—was the first major school that showed interest in Brooks during his junior year of high school when he was setting school records in both football and track.
Brooks is the second all-time leading rusher in Tigers history and also won a gold medal at the state track meet while capturing the 100-meter dash.