Staley said he now enjoys blowing up defenders as much as scoring touchdowns.
And his calling card is his howitzer-like guns.
It all comes with some jokes and jabs.
“No doubt,” Staley said, “but in reality, they know I'm their fullback and they don't want me to be no skinny thing when I gotta block for them. They want me to be a good size.”
At that position, the gun show is just an offshoot of the overall strength that allows the OSU backs to power through tackles and charge ahead for yards after contact. That asset was on display against Texas, when Randle piled up a career-high 199 rushing yards and the Cowboys averaged 6.9 yards per attempt.
“I would hope so,” Smith said about the strength making a difference, “it's a physical game. So yeah, it does (help).”
For OSU offensive coordinator Todd Monken, who's always hard to impress, it's the production that matters.
“I was just happy that they played (against Texas) like those guns were put to work,” Monken said. “We've been kind of waiting for that to happen. If they've got a gun show, then I recommend they bring it out this week at Kansas, like they did against Texas.
“Otherwise, we'll make them roll their sleeves down.”
Smith, at 5-10 and 208, draws envy not only for the size of his arms, but their definition. The bulges draw attention to his upper arm and forearm, with the muscles cut and ripped — even when Smith isn't flexing.
“He's got bowling balls for arms,” defensive end Cooper Bassett said of Smith.
Randle, like Smith, is ripped, while sophomore Desmond Roland is still beefing up, but clearly gaining bulk.
Together, they're an imposing group, in terms of both production, and presentation.
So, who's guns are bigger? Smith said they don't really compare, but if they did, maybe one would compare to him.
“Yeah, Kye,” Smith said, “he's big and really strong, stronger than me. I'm just more cut up than him. But that's probably it.”