Desmond Roland says he feels more relaxed heading into games these days, now that he knows he is going to be the Cowboys' starting running back because of his production since moving into that role.
Despite limited reps against Baylor because of a shoulder injury, he's tallied 601 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns and is averaging 4.3 yards per carry.
But where does Roland feel he can still improve?
“My tempo on my steps,” he said. “Sometimes I get kind of sloppy with my footwork once I get three carries in a row, four carries in a row. And being more explosive down the field. I feel like I can get better at that.”
BY THE NUMBERS
OSU's place in the top 10 of all major polls is reflected in its place among the NCAA stat leaders.
Some key numbers:
* Tied for 11th in scoring defense (18.8 points allowed per game) and 12th in scoring offense (41.2 points per game)
* Tied for second in turnover margin (plus-16), tied for fifth in takeaways (29) and third in interceptions (19)
* Fifth in red zone defense (65.8 percent conversion) and 17th in red zone offense (89.3 percent conversion)
CHELF AGAIN CHIMES IN ON TWITTER
Twitter continues to be the way Clint Chelf gets any word out to the public, as coach Mike Gundy has banned him from talking to the media for the remainder of the season.
And many of Chelf's recent posts have been entertaining, including this frank tweet during the fifth-ranked Cowboy basketball team's win over Purdue on Thanksgiving:
“Our basketball team is good.”
Or this tweet in response to teammate Ryan Simmons, who posted he had just re-watched the Cowboys' big win over Baylor:
“See me get smoked? #slide lol”
Offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich on his unit's development over the course of the season: “Obviously, our players understand the importance of practice, and they've taken it to that next level to where you get better each week. And you're gonna have a lull. You're not always going to have your ‘A' game. It's how do you battle back? How do you handle the adversity? I think our players understand that.”