Mayfield, Anderson lead No. 5 Oklahoma past No. 8 TCU

Oklahoma's Rodney Anderson (24) carries against TCU in the second quarter of an NCAA college football game in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

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NORMAN – Baker Mayfield has 83,642 followers on Twitter.

Oklahoma running back Rodney Anderson was the star of Saturday’s win over TCU. How many followers does he have on Twitter?


Anderson doesn’t have a Twitter account. While rare, the humble sophomore is not alone. Former All-American linebacker Eric Striker didn’t start one until he joined the Sooners’ football staff.

But if Anderson had an account, he could have tweeted that he’s the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose national player of the week after rushing 23 times for 151 yards, catching five passes for 139 yards and scoring four touchdowns. It’s an honor reserved for the top offensive player who was born in Texas and/or graduated from a Texas High School and/or players at a junior college or four-year school in Texas.

(He could even mention in a tweet that two-time winner Mayfield is one of four finalists for the Burlsworth Trophy, which is presented to the top player who began their career as a walk-on, and then spent another 280 characters announcing that Mark Andrews is one of eight semifinalists for the Mackey Award, which is given to the nation’s top tight end. Both were announced on Tuesday morning).

But Anderson doesn’t allow him to be concerned about that, let alone announce his thoughts through social media.

“I just missed the wave. I don’t know. I guess everybody made a Twitter and I didn’t,” Anderson said with a slight smile. “Ever since then, people have tried to have me make a Twitter but I haven’t gotten around to it.”

Anderson admitted that he doesn’t pay much attention to his phone, but can always depend on his biggest fan to help him out.

“Everything that’s on Twitter, my mom sends me,” he said with a grin. “I don’t really need a Twitter, to be honest with you.”

Eric Bailey


Twitter: @ericbaileyTW

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