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Injury just another setback for junior Toston to conquer
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By Andrea Cohen Modified: August 5, 2008 at 12:47 am •  Published: August 5, 2008

Still, Toston notices that his name is barely on the radar when people talk about the rotation of backs that will replace Savage.

"That's what keeps me working — doubters,” Toston said. "Because there's a lot of people asking, ‘Can I hold onto the ball? Can I come back from the injury?' ”

Running backs coach Curtis Luper is not one of those doubters.

"He's worked his tail off this summer,” Luper said. "He just has so much pride. He's like, ‘You can forget about me if you want to, but it won't be long before I remind you of the guy who ran for 700 yards (sic) his freshman year. I know what's inside him. He'll be back.”

Hunter agreed, mentioning how good Toston looked over the summer. The sophomore said Toston was also valuable even when he was recovering from knee surgery, as Luper often had him coaching up the younger running backs during spring ball.

"He is a student of the game,” Luper said. "He watches more tape than anyone, and he's one of the smartest players I have. He knows the entire offense, every position. So I let him take our young running backs and actually coach them while I was on the sidelines coaching a couple of others. And he embraces it; he loves it. So no, nobody should forget about Keith.”

Keith Toston fights for extra yards during OSU's game against Florida Atlantic University last season. by Matt Strasen, The Oklahoman archive


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