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Keith Toston’s all-around effort puts him in the spotlight

By Brandon Chatmon, Staff Writer Modified: November 20, 2009 at 8:27 am •  Published: November 20, 2009

STILLWATER — Rarely does a player account for more than 200 all-purpose yards and get overlooked.

That’s exactly what running back Keith Toston did in Oklahoma State’s 31-28 win over Colorado at Boone Pickens Stadium on Thursday night.

In his last home game, the senior rushed 30 times for 172 yards and a touchdown. He added two catches for 45 yards and another score.

"He has been unnoticed,” OSU offensive coordinator Gunter Brewer said. "It’s a shame because of what he’s been able to do for this football team and this program.”

It was Toston’s third game of 200-plus all-purpose yards and his fifth of at least 140 all-purpose yards this season. Throughout all the trials and tribulations of this football season, Toston’s play has been the constant.

And it’s been a surprise because the senior from Angleton, Texas, has never been "the man” in his Cowboy career, sharing carries with Kendall Hunter and Dantrell Savage during his first three years in an OSU uniform.

"That’s tough,” Brewer said. "In this league, to carry the ball 20-25 times a game, and he’s running up inside, it’s not like he’s option ball getting outside and stepping out of bounds.

"He’s running between the tackles, and when you’re doing that, you’re going to get hit.”

In seven Big 12 games, Toston is averaging 23 carries and 121 rushing yards per game.


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