RS Junior | 5’11”, 216 lbs | October 8, 1998 | Mansfield, Texas
Smart and savvy back that can be trusted to keep the rock safe and grind out those tough yards
Standing out as a freshman in 2018, Brooks finished averaging just under nine yards a carry for over 1,000 yards paired with 12 touchdowns. He followed that up with a less explosive season but still a solid one. During his sophomore year, he managed 6.5 yards a carry for 1,011 yards and 6 touchdowns on just under 40 more carries than the previous year. With only 20 career receptions, Brooks has not shown much versatility but has a mature and experienced prowess as a runner.
Strengths of his Game:
- Patience and instincts at LOS
- Contact Balance
- Smooth runner
- Willing blocker
- Tight ball security
- Competitive toughness
- Power to grind out and fight for yardage
- North-to-south momentum
Questions to Answer/ Areas to Improve:
- Versatility (receiving and return game)
- Receiving production (and reps)
- Top-end speed and acceleration
- Initiation in pass pro
- Overall consistency
Way Too Early Projection:
Looks to be on the rise. With the drafting of Jalen Hurts, off-field question marks of Rhamondre Stevenson and the departure of Trey Sermon to OSU, Brooks has a chance to claim the Sooner running game as his own. He is poised to see a lot more work this upcoming season and will likely be one of the most highly anticipated backs in Big 12 as well as in the Nation.
What to Watch in 2020:
Overall consistency needs to improve. As a runner I’d like to see more splash plays rather than just grinder yards. He has had flashes here and there of that ability but needs to show consistency of being a big time threat. As a receiver, more reps are extremely needed. Showed some promise but with only 20 career receptions, he simply needs more time put towards that aspect of his game. His versatility, with the lack of receiving and virtually no return game production, is a small worry but if he can show some growth there it can massively improve his stock. In pass protection, I’d like to see him initiate contact rather than waiting for the defender to come to him. Too often he was overpowered because he was not set and let the force of the attacking defender go through him rather than meet it head on. Brooks was used often as a lead blocker (for other backs and Hurts) which I’d like to see trimmed down for durability reasons as well as more solo running opportunities. Want to see how he can adjust to having a bigger role should the coaching staff choose to give him one with the big losses on offense.