Oklahoma State football notebook: Cowboys return to USA Today Coaches poll at No. 24

Coach Mike Gundy said he does not put much stock in ratings. He said there are too many holes to consider.
by Gina Mizell Published: October 28, 2012
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PLAYER TO SIMULATE COLLIN KLEIN STILL TBD

K-State quarterback Collin Klein, who is a threat as both a power runner and thrower, is difficult for any scout team to emulate, much less one that runs a spread offense that uses a pocket passer.

Gundy said the coaching staff hasn't yet decided which player will imitate Klein during practice this week.

“We'll try to do it the best we can,” Gundy said. “We don't have anybody like him. Not being sarcastic, but if you had a guy that was the front-runner for the Heisman Trophy, you'd want him to be playing for the other team.”

DURABILITY KEY WHEN JEMAL SINGLETON RECRUITS RUNNING BACKS

Joseph Randle has become a workhorse running back for the Cowboys over the last four games, including Saturday against TCU, where he tallied a career-high 32 carries.

Running backs coach Jemal Singleton, who arrived at OSU in 2011, did not recruit Randle. But he continues to search for backs with that same durable quality when scouting high school players.

“When I'm out recruiting running backs, that's one of the first questions that I ask their coach — ‘How many games have they missed because of injury?'” Singleton said. “I don't know what it is, but some people bruise easier than others, whether it's circumstances or what.”

by Gina Mizell
OSU Sports Reporter
Gina Mizell joined The Oklahoman in August of 2011 as the Oklahoma State beat writer, where she covered the Cowboys' historic run to the Big 12 championship and Fiesta Bowl in her first season on the job. Before arriving in Stillwater, Gina was...
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