Joseph Randle entering the NFL Draft following his junior season leaves Oklahoma State with a big void to fill at running back for the 2013 season. While Jeremy Smith seems like the natural choice to take over that role, running backs coach Jemal Singleton said there will be a competition this spring for that spot.
Here's a look at OSU's three scholarship running backs participating in spring football:
Jeremy Smith, senior
2012 stats: 70 carries, 317 yards, eight touchdowns
Singleton says: “Mentally, it's there. Physically, it's there. He's got all the tools that you need to be a successful running back in this offense. Now, he's just got to show that he can do it, and not just in a backup role. He's got to show that he can be the starter.”
Desmond Roland, junior
2012 stats: 46 carries, 301 yards, four touchdowns
Singleton says: “He's through that adjustment process now, and it's about ball and it's about being successful. I think he's just got it figured out a little bit. One of the things that I looked at that really impressed me about Desmond is last semester he pulled a 3.0 GPA, and that just shows me growth academically. I'm looking for on-the-field, off-the-field stuff, and he's showing me he understands that a little bit more.”
Caleb Muncrief, sophomore
2012 stats: 14 carries, 57 yards
Singleton says: “This is a perfect opportunity for him to show us his growth. He's going to rep a bunch in the spring. Part of my job, I think, in the spring is to help develop depth. He's one of those guys that has to show that he understands it, he's willing to do it and he can get it done for us to really to rely on him in the fall. This is a huge spring for Caleb.”
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