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Joseph Randle, Jeremy Smith give OSU two good running back options

BY BRANDON CHATMON, Staff Writer, Modified: May 22, 2011 at 8:10 pm •  Published: May 22, 2011

With his strong spring, the redshirt sophomore has already changed the initial impression of new offensive coordinator Todd Monken.

“Jeremy has shown more elusiveness than I thought he had,” Monken said. “He's a nice complement to Joseph, who is an athletic, perimeter guy right now.”

Randle wants to show he's more than just a pass-catching threat out of the backfield. The Wichita, Kan., native filled that role in 2010, with 37 receptions for 427 yards and one touchdown.

“Joseph is a freak,” quarterback Brandon Weeden said. “You could split him out wide and just tell him to go deep... he's a good athlete.”

Randle wants to carry the load as a runner. He showed flashes of toughness during his freshman season, rushing 81 times for 453 yards and two touchdowns.

If Smith and Randle continue to perform like they did during OSU's spring drills, their goal of becoming one of the Big 12's top duos becomes attainable.

Monken, Weeden and Gundy named Smith and Randle when asked who had impressed during spring football.

“Those guys are different than Kendall,” Weeden said. “You can't really replace Kendall, but the guys we have, I'm very comfortable with. As hard as it is, I think they fit the mold as good as anyone else.”

Said Monken: “They complement each other well. You can win a lot of games with those two guys.”