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Depleted receiving corps limiting Joseph Randle in passing game

Gina Mizell Published: November 1, 2012

Before the season, Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy projected that running back Joseph Randle would be the Cowboys’ leading receiver, because of his ability to get the ball from several spots on the field.

Randle had five catches for 37 yards against TCU, his best receiving performance since he caught eight balls for 70 yards against Arizona in Week 2.

Gundy said Randle should, really, be catching even more passes. But because of the Cowboys’ banged-up receiving corps, Randle becomes less involved as a check-down option.

“There are some plays we’re calling now that only two people are involved in,” Gundy said. “It’s not ever been that way before. It’s always been five people that are involved in our plays, but we don’t have that luxury right now.

“If we were back to our base system, (Randle) would get the ball more because he becomes more of a viable check down guy. But right now it doesn’t work with what we’re doing.”

Gundy continued:

“I think (quarterback Wes Lunt) can progress and do it (have five receiver options). We just don’t have the capability of using all our eligible receivers, based on every play, because it’s not their strength. There’s certain things we want (true freshman Austin Hays) doing. There’s certain things we don’t.

“Last year, we didn’t have that issue. We just told them to go and then the quarterback (Brandon Weeden) took what the defense gave us, and the ball was distributed to the right place.”

Interestingly, Randle’s best two receiving games this season have come with Lunt at quarterback. On the season, he’s got 20 catches for 154 yards, which ranks fifth on the team.

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