The Oklahoma Sooners have a long history of producing some great running backs. In recent years, players like Joe Mixon and Rhamondre Stevenson have taken over the mantle for Oklahoma at the NFL level after Adrian Peterson and DeMarco Murray passed the torch.
As Pro Football Focus progresses through their positional rankings, Stevnson and Mixon were included in the top 32 running backs in the NFL ahead of the 2023 season. Stevenson entered at number 16 and Mixon entered at number 22.
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Stevenson has been very solid to start his NFL career. In each of the past two seasons, he achieved a rushing score of over 80.0. And in both years he averaged over 15 feet at a time with over 12 feet after contact. The arrow points even higher for Stevenson in 2023 and beyond. —Trevon Sikkema, PFF
Stevenson earned his first 1,000-yard season in 2022, carrying the ball 210 times for 1,040 yards and five touchdowns. He also had 69 receptions for 421 yards and a touchdown, making him an invaluable part of the New England Patriots offense.
Mixon has a ton of production in his career. His 814 rushing yards, 16 explosive runs, and 3.9 yards per carry average in 2022 were below what you’d want to see from both a volume and efficiency standpoint, but he remains comfortable with a heavy workload. That includes the passing game, where he recorded a record 60 catches and 414 receiving yards in 2022. — Sikkema, PFF
Joe Mixon has been a regular contributor to the Cincinnati Bengals in his six seasons. He has had three 1,000-yard seasons and averages 4.1 yards per carry. Mixon’s scored 50 touchdowns during his tenure with the Bengals.
Although he had his lowest yardage total when he played at least 14 games since his rookie season, Mixon is still an incredibly important part of the Bengals offensive line. Since Joe Burrow and the passing play have become the focal point, Cincinnati’s offense will allow Mixon to shine through the passing play.