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Cotton Bowl notebook: Keith Toston gives credit to OSU running backs coach

BY BRANDON CHATMON Published: January 2, 2010
Making an impact
Oklahoma State running back Keith Toston has progressed from an elite No. 2 running back to an All-Big 12 first-team performer in his senior season.

And he gives a bunch of credit to Cowboys’ first-year running backs coach Robert Gillespie.

"When you get in the meeting room, he has a lot of words for you,” said Toston, who rushed for 1,177 yards this season. "A lot of my success goes to him.”

It’s been Gillespie’s focus on every detail, not only during practice but in the film room, which helped the Cowboys lead the Big 12 in rushing for the fourth straight season.

"He made me look at every little thing I do on the field,” Toston said. "He made me better as a player.”

Ole Miss defensive tackle Jerrell Powe loves the physical style of SEC football. And he’s planning to bring that physical mindset to the Cotton Bowl Classic.

"We just have to come off the ball and strike them,” Powe said.


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