225-pound freshman is unique fit in Cowboys' backfield

By Scott Wright Published: August 18, 2008
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It's no guarantee that Staley will play as a true freshman. Hunter, Beau Johnson and Keith Toston are all ahead of Staley and fellow rookie Travis Miller on the depth chart. But it's possible one of the two freshmen will get a shot to play this year in some capacity.

Staley is a unique fit in OSU's backfield. He isn't the shifty runner Hunter and Johnson are. His straight-ahead style is more similar to Toston's, but Staley is 15 pounds bigger. So he offers something that the Cowboys don't have in the backfield now, something that could prove beneficial at key points down the road.

Whether he plays this year or not, Staley seems to have a future at running back.

"He'll be a change of pace for us whenever he plays,” Luper said. "Don't know when it will be — this year or whenever. But he'll be a great change of pace for us. We need that.”

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