OSU’s up-tempo offense often creates a perception that the Cowboys are all about the passing game.
Except in this case, perception is not reality.
The Cowboys have had a first-team All-Big 12 running back five of the past six years, with a second-team selection the other season.
“To be honest, I hope that all of our opponents think that we’re a passing, passing, passing team, because we’ve got some guys who can do a good job carrying the ball,” said OSU running backs coach Jemal Singleton.
“All you have to do is look at the stats for the past few years. We kind of get that perception of being a passing team, but we’ve had a 1,000-yard rusher the past six years. We’ve had an All-Big 12 rusher for about the same amount of time, so obviously, we’re doing something when we’ve got the ball in our hands.”
While the Cowboys lost All-Big 12 rusher and league rushing leader Joseph Randle, Singleton said he’s confident the run game will continue to produce. It may look different with Jeremy Smith and Desmond Roland stepping in, as both bring a different style than Randle.
Yet Singleton said production comes in different packages.
“I don’t think there’s a cookie-cutter approach to what you can look like as a running back,” Singleton said. “I’m looking for football players.
“They can come in all sizes and shapes and different skill sets. Do you makes plays when you’re on the football field? That’s what I look for.”