The decision of Keith Ford to transfer won't have a major impact on Oklahoma, writes John Klein of the Tulsa World. Ford, who was suspended indefinitely earlier this spring, elected to transfer after two seasons in Norman.
I largely agree with Klein, Ford's decision to transfer is the best decision for both parties.
Ford was a serviceable back during his freshman and sophomore seasons. He had 94 carries for 526 yards and six touchdowns along with 11 receptions for 140 yards and one touchdown in 13 games played, but he struggled protecting the ball with four lost fumbles. He's shown enough to intrigue a lot of programs around the nation and a fresh start could be exactly what he needs. If Ford had chosen to stay at OU, his road to playing time would have been blocked by the emergence of Samaje Perine along with the versatility of Joe Mixon, who appears poised to play a significant role as a redshirt freshman.
While it's tough to see Ford go -- you can never have too many running backs -- the transfer is not a crippling blow to OU. Perine is one of the nation's best, Mixon could insert himself into the Big 12 freshman of the year debate and Alex Ross is a proven big-play threat who could play several different roles in Lincoln Riley's offense. True freshman Rodney Anderson, who enrolled early and created plenty of buzz this spring before a minor knee injury, and spring star Daniel Brooks, who could excel in Riley's attack, add to the overall depth to give the Sooners plenty of talent remaining at running back.