'Loved the three years we had him': Lincoln Riley talks about Trey Sermon transferring
OU coach Lincoln Riley spoke positively about running back Trey Sermon during a teleconference Tuesday after Sermon announced his decision to transfer to Ohio State on March 22.
The Sooners have been beneficiaries of the transfer portal, but Riley understands OU will lose players to the portal, too.
“I think Trey saw a situation competitively that he felt like there was going to be a better opportunity to play a little more somewhere else,” Riley said. “I get it. I respect it. It’s part of the world we live in.”
Sermon ran for 1,691 yards and 18 touchdowns in his first two seasons at OU. In his junior season, he ran for 385 yards and four touchdowns before suffering a season-ending injury after nine games.
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“Loved the three years we had him. Hated it ended the way it did for him,” Riley said. “The middle of last season I know he was frustrated and then obviously the injury was just a horrible way for it to end.
“Hate that it ended on a sour note for him because he did a great job here.”