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Oklahoma State football: Running back depth chart still fluid

by Kyle Fredrickson Published: August 15, 2014

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.”

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by Kyle Fredrickson
OSU beat writer
Kyle Fredrickson became the Oklahoma State beat writer for The Oklahoman and in July 2014. A native Coloradoan, Fredrickson attended Western State College before transferring to Oklahoma State in 2010 and graduating in 2012. Fredrickson...
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