STILLWATER — When Oklahoma State practices started last week, Keith Toston was poised to make everyone remember. He would make everyone remember that, in addition to Kendall Hunter and a handful of promising newcomers, the Cowboys also have a running back who was almost on par with Dantrell Savage two years ago, rushing for more than 600 yards in 2006.
While he's at it he'd also like to make them forget about the fumbling problem that got him benched for a while last year, and the knee injury that ended his season. But Toston's history lesson was put on hold last week. The junior tweaked his knee in practice on Friday. It was the same knee that was surgically repaired in the offseason. He spent part of Saturday's practice on a stationary bike, and head coach Mike Gundy said Sunday that he's expected to be out for about 10 days. For Toston it's just one more setback he'll have to overcome this season. "That's what's happened to me the whole time I've been here,” Toston said. "I had a chance to start (last season when Savage was injured last season) then come right back and have a game with two fumbles (at Troy). Bam, I would go from the top all the way back to the bottom. But this year is a new slate.” A new slate, that is, once he erases the old one. He said he's had plenty of time to fix the fumbling problem, and said the main thing is to focus more. Running backs coach Curtis Luper points out that when Toston worked his way back into the rotation toward the end of the season — before he was injured at Baylor — he took advantage of the limited touches he got.
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Keith Toston fights for extra yards during OSU's game against Florida Atlantic University last season. by Matt Strasen, The Oklahoman archive