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Oklahoma State football: Running back Joseph Randle to enter NFL Draft

STILLWATER — Oklahoma State running back Joseph Randle will forgo his senior season and enter the NFL Draft, he told The Oklahoman Thursday morning.

BY GINA MIZELL, Staff Writer, gmizell@opubco.com Modified: January 10, 2013 at 8:33 am •  Published: January 10, 2013

Randle said last month that if he did jump to the NFL, he believed Smith would be ready for the bigger role.

“He’ll get his chance to be the starter, the featured back. We’ve been kind of acting like we’re splitting time, but really …

“(He would) get his chance to further his career.”

Smith’s running style is more downhill than Randle, though he does also possess solid speed. He has had trouble staying healthy for an entire 12-game regular season, though, as he was hampered by nagging injuries for stretches of both 2011 and 2012.

And depth behind Smith is a legitimate concern. Roland has not yet been asked to carry the ball in crucial moments, while Muncrief’s only touches this season came in blowouts.

The Cowboys have one running back commitment for the 2013 recruiting class so far in Corion Webster, a three-star prospect from Atlanta, Texas. OSU is also still in the mix for four-star back Altee Tenpenny, according to Rivals. Tenpenny is committed to Alabama but could visit OSU before Signing Day.

Staff Writer John Helsley contributed to this report.