Norman - The talk in Norman Monday was the loss of OU's Heisman Trophy candidate running back Rodney Anderson. The Sooners doing a bit of a balancing act between talking about how devastated they are to lose Rodney, but at the same time, making it equally clear that this offense will be just fine without him.

"You could argue, he might have been the best player in the country, the second half of the season," OU head coach Lincoln Riley said. "I think he knows now for sure the level he can play it and I think he's very confident that's he's going to come back better than ever."

The Sooner quarterback weighed in as well.

 "You can't replace a guy like Rodney obviously, I don't think anybody in the country has a guy like Rodney, so, we'll see guys step up. Nobody thought Rodney was Rodney until what he did last year, so we have guys to replace him I feel," Kyler Murray said.

One of those guys is Trey Sermon who put up some big numbers before Anderson's emergence. He averaged nearly 80 yards a game in the first 6 games last season, and he'll get plenty of opportunities starting Saturday with Iowa State.