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.
“He handled (the injuries) well. It's just difficult to overcome a really severe (knee) injury and then a pretty good concussion when you're a true freshman.
GUNDY IMPRESSED BY KAWANN SHORT, RANDLE ‘NOT WORRIED'
Gundy was very complimentary of Purdue All-American defensive tackle Kawann Short, praising his size, athleticism and conditioning.
But when Randle was asked about Short, he didn't seem terribly concerned.
“I'm not worried about him at all,” Randle said. “We're going to run the ball. We're going to do what we do.
“We've been playing against good, quality defensive linemen all year long. We get them tired, get them breathing hard and then we do what we want to do.”
PATRICK HIGGINS' PREGAME SPEECH
Purdue interim coach Patrick Higgins joked Monday about how the last time he was a college head coach — at William Penn University in Oskaloosa, Iowa in 1992 — a “press conference” consisted of him chatting with one reporter.
But what will his pregame speech to the Boilermakers be?
“Just go out and have fun and win,” he said. “What are we here for? Pregame speeches last for how long? From the time you close your mouth to the time the last guy walks out of the locker room.
“Our kids, that's the pregame speech, and it's for them. So that's about it.”
Purdue is without head coach Danny Hope, who was fired after the regular season.
“I don't really know what Danny's going to do,” Higgins said. “I know he wants to coach again. He's just going to take a little time and weigh his options.”
Hope spent 1995 as Howard Schnellenberger's offensive line coach at Oklahoma.
“We miss Danny,” Higgins said. “He did a great job here at Purdue.”