Oklahoma State tailback Keith Toston stopped by the NFL Combine media room Friday. Here is a transcript of his interview.
Is it tough balancing school and football?
“Yes it’s tough. I have a little bit of work to graduate, but I’m going to get there. I think I’m going to have come back and take a couple of classes this summer and finish up.”
What’s the week been like?
“Tough. Slow-paced. Any guy who’s trained as hard as we have to get started, you’re ready to get to running.”
What have you done so far?
“Whole lot of medical work. Papers. Get blood taken. Get our height and weight. Saw a lot of doctors.”
What are you hearing about where you might be drafted?
“At the earliest, third round. Worst case, fifth round. Anywhere between third and fifth.”
What kind of practice player was Russell Okung?
“He’s aggressive. Very aggressive. He always hits. I just watched him earlier do his bench. I was peeking behind one of the curtains. I wanted to get a chance to watch him. When he started benching, he did a lot of reps. Even when he got up, since I watched him, he had the most yet. He jumped up a little mad at himself. Thought he had a couple more reps. He’s a leader vocally. He helped us tremendously, the entire team, going through all the tribulations we’ve been through this year.”
You seemed to make the most of your opportunity, with Kendall Hunter getting hurt this year?
“God works in mysterious ways. Just one of those things. A guy went down and I had to step up. One of those things I was waiting on for awhile. Gives me opportunity to make a future in football. I’m proud to be here. But it’s a business trip.”
You were a good passcatcher at OSU? Will that help you in the NFL?
“I hope so. To me, two things I try to do tremendously is pass block and catch the ball well. Any running back that’s considered a pretty good running back can run the ball. I’m trying to catch the ball and pass protect as best I can. Go the NFL, they have guys that can run the ball already. I’m looking for any little thing that can get me a heads up and get me on somebody’s team.”
Will you go through all the drills?
“Yes sir, I will. I expect to do everything.”
Who’s your agent?
“Jordan Woy, Dallas, Texas.”