Nate Anderson hopes that things will be better in the south after not making the lineup in his first four years at Oklahoma.

Anderson, a fourth-year junior offensive lineman, announced his transfer to SMU on Monday.

Anderson, a native of Frisco, TX, where he excelled at Reedy High School, will return to the Metroplex with two years of eligibility remaining.

Anderson redshirted in 2020 and did not appear in a game in 2021. Anderson played 36 snaps in four games as a third-year sophomore in 2022 (UTEP, Kent State, Nebraska, and TCU) before settling into a special teams role in 2023.

This season, he appeared in all 12 games and logged 109 special teams snaps, mostly on the field goal and extra point unit. He also saw action on offense in two games, playing 32 snaps against Arkansas State and four against Tulsa.

Anderson, who stands 6-foot-4 and weighs 305 pounds, may have had a chance to contribute more on offense in 2024, when the Sooners will replace their entire starting offensive line. Seniors Walter Rouse and McKade Mettauer graduated, senior Andrew Raym and junior Tyler Guyton had additional eligibility but chose to enter the NFL Draft, and freshman Cayden Green arrived unexpectedly.

Despite the fact that the Sooners’ offensive line will be completely rebuilt next season, Anderson should have a clearer path to playing time for Rhett Lashlee’s Mustangs in 2024.

In high school, Anderson was an Under Armour All-American and a consensus 4-star prospect. He was ranked No. 66 in the country by 247 Sports (No. 2 among offensive guards), No. 67 by ESPN, and No. 169 by Rivals.

He initially selected OU over Baylor, TCU, USC, and others.

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