Injured Ross not worried about team's loss

September, 12, 2011
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Despite dealing with a nagging ankle injury, Oklahoma commit Alex Ross of Jenks, Okla./Jenks showed flashes of his special abilities Saturday night in his team’s 41-19 loss to Tulsa, Okla./Union.

“We did the best we could,” Ross said. “We will get better.”

In his first action of the season, Ross finished with 14 carries for 136 yards and one touchdown after missing the season opener due to an ankle injury. The senior dazzled the crowd with a 85-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, bursting through a huge hole up the middle and cruising untouched into the end zone. The play showed Ross’ surprising speed for a 6-foot-1, 205-pound running back, especially for a guy playing with a bum ankle.

“It just bothers me sometimes,” Ross said of the ankle, noting that he played at about 70 percent. “It will get better; next week I’ll be fine.”

Ross, the No. 39 player in the ESPNU 150, committed to the Sooners in February. With OU seemingly stocked at the running back position, the Jenks standout isn’t worried about finding a spot in the Sooners’ backfield.

“I will just work hard and try,” he said. “I’m not going down there to take someone’s spot. I’m just going to try to work hard and do the best I can.”

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