Oklahoma State doesn’t lack any depth at running back.
Senior Desmond Roland. Junior newcomer Tyreek Hill. Sophomore Rennie Childs. Redshirt freshman Corion Webster.
Those four, maybe more, are in competition for snaps this season for Oklahoma State. After practice Friday, running backs coach Jemal Singleton was asked if the depth chart was established.
“I wouldn’t say we’re established,” Singleton said. “Really, if you look at the amount of starts that we have as a position group, it’s not many. Five or six of them is about it, so we’ve still got some young guys. Rennie’s still just a sophomore. Tyreek, this is his first year here. Obviously Desmond’s been around the most, but he needs to step it up as well.”
Roland returns as the most experienced and productive back, as he accumulated 811 yards rushing on 176 carries with 13 touchdowns last season. Childs played in eight games as a true freshman, averaging 4.6 yards per carry and scoring two touchdowns.
Singleton was asked if he has set goals for those two players as they return to the field in 2014.
“Setting those personal goals I think distracts you from what’s really important,” Singleton said. “I think it’s about the team, and this is exactly what we have to be this year is a team that plays for each other — plays for the man next to him. Hopefully they just continue to do that and realize their goal is to win the football game. If they’ve got to rush for 150 or they’ve got to rush for six, it doesn’t matter as long as we’re doing things to help the team win.”
OSU MEN’S HOOPS TEAM HELPS WITH MOVE-IN DAY
The OSU basketball season won’t start until November, but the Cowboys’ teamwork was still on display Friday on campus in different way — as celebrity movers.
A number of players helped students move into the dorms in matching white t-shirts with “TEAM OSU” written on the back. One photo on Twitter showed center Michael Cobbins, Phil Forte and Jeffrey Carrol lifting boxes from the back of a sedan. Another caught Forte putting clothes into a student’s closet and Le’Bryan Nash carrying shelf parts. Classes start Monday in Stillwater.
The Cowboys’ full nonconference schedule has yet to be released, but currently, their first game is currently set for Nov. 24 when they travel to Las Vegas to face Oregon State in the MGM Grand Main Event.
VEGAS ODDS MOVE TO FAVOR ALABAMA AS NATIONAL CHAMPION
Alabama and Florida State had been listed as co-favorites in Vegas odds books to win the 2014-15 national championship, but that changed Friday.
The Crimson Tide leapfrogged Florida State, according to Bovada Las Vegas’ sports book, to take the poll position with two weeks remaining until the opener.
Here are its updated odds for the top-five contenders, and then all Big 12 teams included on the list:
Alabama: 5/1; Florida State: 11/2; Oregon: 8/1; Auburn: 9/1; Oklahoma: 9/1.
Baylor: 33/1; Texas: 66/1; Kansas State: 100/1; Oklahoma State: 150/1; TCU: 150/1; Texas Tech: 300/1; West Virginia: 300/1.