This past week, Jenks running back Alex Ross gave Oklahoma its second verbal commitment.
After beginning the year at defensive end, he was moved to starting running back following an injury to Zack Langer. Despite Ross' lack of experience there, he proved to be unstoppable, rushing for 1,656 yards and 28 touchdowns on only 125 carries — that's a touchdown for every 4.4 carries and a 13.2 yards per carry average — for the Class 6A runner-up Trojans. He also scored three times on pass receptions and three more on kickoff returns, averaging a staggering 40-plus yards per return.
Jenks coach Allan Trimble spoke with The Oklahoman about his, and ultimately OU's, high-powered runner:
At the beginning of the year, Alex was playing defense, then all of a sudden, he's putting up huge numbers at running back the last half of the season. Where did he come from?
“He started last year every game on defense. He's a tremendous talent, a medal winner in track. We had plans to utilize him in our offense mainly the way we did in the first 4-5 games. When Zack Langer (a University of Tulsa signee) broke his foot — we were really decimated with tailback problems — we put him back there. He was a little rusty. He played running back as a freshman, but got hurt in a car accident and missed some of his freshman year. We didn't realize he'd be our every down guy. But by the end of the year, he was feeling it. When he comes in to practice this spring, he's going to get better. I still think the best is yet to come.”
Is he the most efficient, productive player you've ever had?
“It's not even close. I went back and looked. Chris Adkins averaged 7 yards per carry, was a three-year starter. Kejuan Jones averaged 7.8. Bobby Klinck was amazing, he averaged 7.8, too. But no one since I have coached here, which is 1990, is within 5 yards per carry of Alex's average.”