Before the season, Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy projected that running back Joseph Randle would be the Cowboys' leading receiver, mostly 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 Monday that Randle, really, should be catching even more passes. But because of the Cowboys' banged-up receiving corps, Randle becomes less involved.
“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.”
Interestingly, Randle's best two receiving games this season have come with Wes Lunt at quarterback. On the season, he's got 20 catches for 154 yards, which ranks fifth on the team.
WHO IS K-STATE'S SECOND-BEST PLAYER?
It's obvious who Kansas State's top player is. His name is Collin Klein, and he's the front-runner to win the Heisman.
But what about the Wildcats' second-best player?
Gundy admitted he doesn't know names, but described receiver/kick returner Tyler Lockett, a former Tulsa Washington standout, and linebacker Arthur Brown.
“I've never been in the NFL and I don't draft players, but I wouldn't mind picking (Brown) early, spending some money on him,” Gundy said.
Brown is a semifinalist for the Butkus and Bednarik awards, which are given to the nation's best linebacker and defensive player, respectively. He leads the Wildcats with 60 tackles and has two interceptions, three pass breakups, one sack and a fumble recovery this season.
Lockett has 29 catches for 453 yards and three touchdowns this season and averages 29.7 yards per kick return.
MORE UNIFORM CHANGES ON THE WAY? GUNDY DROPS A HINT
The past three Saturdays, the Cowboys have worn a new or altered helmet.
Against Kansas, the gray helmet featured a white OSU logo with orange trim. Then the orange helmet with the Pistol Pete logo debuted against Iowa State. And last week against TCU, the black helmet sported a gray “Phantom” Pistol Pete logo.
Gundy said he often isn't told about all the uniform changes, though he did voice his desire for an orange helmet. And he thought the all-black uniform worn against TCU was particularly sharp.
Gundy did hint, however, that we probably haven't seen the last new or tweaked helmet.
“They've got another one coming out,” Gundy said. “I don't know what it is, but I heard them say it. They're going to change them kind of consistently.”
BRANDON WEEDEN TWEET GIVES RANDLE NEW FOLLOWING
Former Cowboy quarterback Brandon Weeden took to Twitter during the TCU game last week to express a bit of support and frustration, tweeting “I'm getting sick of @JRAN_1 (Randle) running his tail off and no one helping him up off the ground.”
Randle was clearly a bit busy when the message was posted, but still felt the love after the game.
“I had like 500 (new) followers,” Randle said. “I was like, ‘Dang, thanks Weeden.' Weeden has always been a good teammate, and I'm happy he's doing well in the NFL.”