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Oklahoma State football: Backfield breakdown

BY CODY STAVENHAGEN, For The Oklahoman Published: April 8, 2014
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Mike Gundy won’t guarantee it, but he said he thinks the OSU backfield will be better than it was a season ago.

Despite missing the spring with shoulder surgery, Desmond Roland is in line to be the bell cow after running for 811 yards and 13 touchdowns in 2013.

Rennie Childs should see plenty of carries, too, but that number will depend on what happens with Tyreek Hill, the much-hyped junior-college transfer who can play receiver and running back.

It makes for a good balance on paper. Roland is powerful, Childs is quicker and Hill is as fast as they come.

“It keeps the defense off,” Roland said. “I come in, more of a power person, and they come in and one cut, can go down the field for 80 yards.”

OSU is also trying to find a fourth option at running back. Position coach Jemal Singleton said that search is ongoing.

“What I need is another guy,” Singleton said. “I need that fourth guy to figure out who it’s going to be, whether it’s Caleb Muncrief, Corion Webster, a young guy like Devon Thomas. Just finding that fourth guy.”

Muncrief is a junior who has played sparsely in the past. Webster is a redshirt freshman ESPN listed as a four-star recruit of high school and Thomas is a top recruit and early enrollee from Broken Arrow.

“We need Rennie, Tyreek and whoever else could step up in that position,” Gundy said. “We need those guys to help carry the load like what Jeremy Smith did last fall.”