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Randle Leading In Many Ways

by John Helsley Published: November 28, 2012
Joe Randle's leadership skills on the rise.
Joe Randle's leadership skills on the rise.

OSU running back Joseph Randle has been producing since arriving as a freshman, already ranking ninth on the school’s all-time rushing list, as a junior.

Cowboys coach Mike Gundy said there’s more to Randle these days than just statistics. There’s also a presence he brings to the locker room and the field.

“In the last six weeks, seven weeks, eight weeks, he’s been the most pleasant surprise from a leadership standpoint,” Gundy said. “I thought he ran as hard Saturday as he has since theTexasgame. He had tough yards. OU, they’re fast in the secondary, they recover really quick. Joe ran through some guys and got tough yards on the goal line, things like that.

“But the last couple of months, his leadership qualities have been really good and kind of set the bar for who we are.”

Gundy said Randle arrived inStillwaterready to play, a point that has been made by Gundy and former OSU offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen.

Now he’s giving something extra.

“He was business from the day he got here,” Gundy said. “Then he kind of got into the college life and got sidetracked for a little bit – nothing bad, just life in general – and now he’s jumped back on. And he’s pretty serious about what he wants to do. And he’s been really good for us.”

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by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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