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Oklahoma State record book watch: Joseph Randle

by Gina Mizell Published: May 17, 2012

Over the next several days, we’ll take a look at some OSU players who have a chance to move up the career record books in 2012. Keep in mind that the athletic department is in the process of updating its records to add bowl statistics. So these could change, depending on if they’re ready for the 2012 media guide.

Let’s start with Joseph Randle.

Rushing yards

Current career total: 1,668

Current place in record book: 25th
20. 1,870 Brent Blackman (1971-73)
21. 1,861 Robert Turner (1973-76)
22. 1,858 Zac Robinson (2006-09)
23. 1,847 Jamaal Fobbs (1997-2000)
24. 1,840 Jim Dillard (1959-61)
25. 1,668 Joseph Randle (2010- )
26. 1,507 Mike Hamilton (2005-06)

If matches 2011 production (1,216 yards), would move him up to: Ninth
1. 4,595 Thurman Thomas (1984-87)
2. 4,581 Terry Miller (1974-77)
3. 4,314 David Thompson (1993-96)
4. 4,181 Kendall Hunter (2007-10)
5. 3,556 Barry Sanders (1986-88)
6. 3,529 Earnest Anderson (1979-83)
7. 3,409 Tatum Bell (2000-03)
8. 2,921 Gerald Hudson (1988-90)
9. 2,884 Joseph Randle (2010- )*
10. 2,698 Shawn Jones (1980-84)
*if matches 2011 production

OSU’s running game could be a bit more balanced this season, given Jeremy Smith’s ability and Herschel Sims’ development. But it’s safe to expect around 1,000 yards from Randle in 2012, especially since the Cowboys could rely on the running game a bit more while breaking in true freshman quarterback Wes Lunt. Randle’s role will be more important than ever this season.

Rushing touchdowns

Current career total: 26

Current place in record book: Eighth
1. 48 Barry Sanders (1986-88)
T2. 43 Terry Miller (1974-77)
T2. 43 Thurman Thomas (1984-87)
4. 37 Kendall Hunter (2007-10)
5. 34 Tatum Bell (2000-03)
T6. 27 David Thompson (1993-96)
T6. 27 Keith Toston (2006-09)
8. 26 Joseph Randle (2010- )
T9. 23 Julius Crosslin (2004-07)
T9. 23 Vernard Morency (2002-04)
T9. 23 Tony Lindsay (1997-2000)

If matches 2011 total (24), would move him up to: First

1. 50 Joseph Randle (2010- )*
2. 48 Barry Sanders (1986-88)
*if matches 2011 production

This is interesting for a couple reasons.

First, was any OSU stat more under-appreciated than Randle’s 24 touchdowns in 2011? I wrote about that during the spring. Call it the Weeden/Blackmon effect. Again, I expect Randle to have a big season in 2012, but matching 24 touchdowns will be difficult. Mostly because I don’t expect the OSU offense to be as explosive, meaning his chances to score from inside the 10 will go down.

Then there’s the whole question of how many touchdowns Sanders really has. I’ll leave it at that.

Keep in mind, though, that Randle will be just a junior in 2012. If he returns for his senior season (barring injury or anything like that), there’s a great chance he would become the school’s all-time leader in rushing touchdowns, regardless of Sanders’ total.

Scoring

Current career total: 174 points (26 rushing touchdowns, three receiving touchdowns)

Current place in record book: 19th
16. 182 Keith Toston (2006-09)
17. 180 Hart Lee Dykes (1985-88)
18. 176 Dez Bryant (2007-09)
19. 174 Joseph Randle (2010- )
20. 155 Colin Ankersen (1977-80)

If matches 2011 total (156 points), would move him up to: Tied for second
1. 370 Dan Bailey (2007-10)
T2. 330 Barry Sanders (1986-88)
T2. 330 Joseph Randle (2010- )*
4. 315 Cary Blanchard (1987-90)
*if matches 2011 production

Obviously, the same interesting elements exist here as with the touchdowns scored records.

Bottom line: Randle has the chance to go down as one of OSU’s all-time greats. He could move into the top 10 on all three of these lists in 2012, and would still have a year of eligibility left.

Coming soon: Tracy Moore, Justin Gilbert, Brodrick Brown, Quinn Sharp

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by Gina Mizell
OSU Sports Reporter
Gina Mizell joined The Oklahoman in August of 2011 as the Oklahoma State beat writer, where she covered the Cowboys' historic run to the Big 12 championship and Fiesta Bowl in her first season on the job. Before arriving in Stillwater, Gina was...
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