225-pound freshman is unique fit in Cowboys' backfield

By Scott Wright Published: August 18, 2008
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STILLWATER — It's probably a good sign that Kye Staley already has a nickname. And though it might not stick, the way Kendall "Spud” Hunter's handle did, it sure seems to fit.

"We call him Ron,” said Oklahoma State running backs coach Curtis Luper.

As in Ron Dayne, the former Wisconsin running back who made a name for himself in college and the NFL as a big, powerful runner.

Staley came into fall camp around 225 pounds — 10 or 15 pounds more than he played at in high school — but in the early days of practice, the true freshman from Guthrie began to show promise as a running back.

Before camp, outside speculation was growing that Staley's future at OSU would be on the defensive side of the ball, because of the depth, talent and youth the Cowboys already had in the backfield.

But OSU coaches were willing to give him a shot at running back, and so far they're glad they did.

"He's a different style runner,” Luper said. "He moves the chains, he's smart, he's conscientious, he works hard.

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