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Oklahoma State's Joseph Randle still dodging NFL Draft talk

OSU notebook: Cowboys running back says he will wait until after Tuesday's game to decide on his future
by Berry Tramel Modified: December 31, 2012 at 9:22 pm •  Published: December 31, 2012

Oklahoma State running back Joseph Randle was asked again Monday about the possibility that the Heart of Dallas Bowl would be his last game as a Cowboy.

Randle wouldn't bite, reiterating that he would decide after the game if he would return for his senior season or enter the NFL Draft.

“I haven't really been dealing with it,” Randle said of the draft evaluation process. “My brother (Larry) has been the one taking care of all of that so far for me …

“If somebody calls me, I just like, ‘Hey, I don't do all of that.' I'm just focused on the game.”

Randle, who was an All-Big 12 selection after compiling more than 1,300 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns this season, is currently ranked as the No. 4 junior running back prospect by ESPN NFL Draft expert Mel Kiper.

WES LUNT COULD PLAY IN BOWL

True freshman quarterback Wes Lunt hasn't seen the field since suffering a concussion against Kansas State on Nov. 3. Since then, Clint Chelf has taken over the starting role, with J.W. Walsh getting a special package of plays and Lunt descending to the No. 3 spot.

But Gundy said Lunt “very well could” play in the Heart of Dallas Bowl, depending on how the game transpires.

Since installing an extended array of plays for the bowl, Lunt's practice reps have dramatically increased. During team drills, Gundy said Lunt has gotten between 10 and 12 more snaps out of 50 than the typical third-team quarterback would get.

And Gundy has been pleased with how Lunt has recovered from an injury-riddled first season.

“He's got a smile on his face and has practiced well,” Gundy said. “We've given him more reps than ever before for a third-team guy.

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by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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