Following his 219-yard, four-touchdown performance against Iowa State last week, Oklahoma State's Desmond Roland said he couldn't wait to get on the phone with his parents.
Roland's father, also named Desmond, in particular has always known how to motivate the junior running back.
“He sends me long paragraphs before every game, before practice,” the younger Roland said. “Tells me to just keep working. Work hard and it's all going to come to me. Before I knew it, it all came.”
What was the message before the Iowa State game, where Roland made his first-career start before putting together a monster outing?
“He told me it's my time to shine,” the running back said. “He told me to take full advantage. He told me not to think about it, don't stress out about it. Just do you, he pretty much told me. Just play like you know how to play.”
CONNECTIONS APLENTY BETWEEN OSU, TECH
When Oklahoma State steps onto the field at Texas Tech on Saturday, there will be several familiar faces on the opposite sideline.
*OSU linebacker Ryan Simmons and safety Jordan Sterns played for Texas Tech running backs coach Mike Jinks when he was the head coach at the Cibolo Steele High School just outside of San Antonio. Steele won the Class 5A Division II state title in 2010.
*OSU running backs coach Jemal Singleton and Texas Tech defensive coordinator Matt Wallerstedt were both on the coaching staff at Air Force from 2008-10. Singleton was in the same position, while Wallerstedt coached the inside linebackers and was an assistant head coach for two seasons before moving up to defensive coordinator.
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