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Oklahoma State football: Tyreek Hill's tantalizing speed gives Cowboy coaches a unique weapon to employ

Mike Gundy’s mantra seems simple and direct. Get Tyreek Hill the ball. It’s clear that the OSU coaches don’t know exactly what they have in Hill, a Garden City (Kan.) Community College transfer, other than something quite unique.
by Berry Tramel Published: April 5, 2014

“We have to see how he adjusts to the physical part of football at this level and what’s the best way for us to get him the football,” Gundy said.

Hill gives the 2014 Cowboys a chance to daze and confuse opponents not with a sudden position switch, a la Austin vs. OU, but with play-to-play position swaps. Situational substitution is all the rage in modern football. Defenders are dispatched based on which offensive players take the field.

But if Hill pans out at tailback, defenses will have no clue what formation the Cowboys might use. Could be no-back. Could be one-back. Could be two-back. A lightning/thunder backfield with Hill and burly tailback Des Roland would be awfully interesting.

“They’re not going to know what to expect,” said Roland, who is sitting out this spring recovering from a shoulder injury.

As a newcomer, Hill is not available for interviews this calendar year but said on the field during interaction with fans that he’s planning to play tailback.

“We’re just figuring out ways to put the ball in his hands, see what he’s capable of,” Singleton said. “We all know he’s fast. Now see if he can do that on the football field. We’ve been very pleasantly surprised with what he’s been able to do so far. He’s got some lateral mobility you don’t find very often with a straight-line, fast, track guy. So we’re excited.”

Can’t blame the coaches for that. In the never-ending chess game that is high-stakes football, the Cowboys suddenly have a very interesting piece.

Berry Tramel: Berry can be reached at (405) 760-8080 or at He can be heard Monday through Friday from 4:40-5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal radio network, including FM-98.1. You can also view his personality page at

by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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