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BY ANDREA COHEN Published: November 5, 2008

’s progressed quicker than we thought originally. Everybody in Noble’s super excited for Colby.”

Ratliff’s high school coach, Bill Whiteley, has three former players at Tech.

He said he zeroes in on them during games and has been especially impressed with Ratliff this season.

"I think he’s playing great,” Whiteley said. "I know at one time they were real concerned with his size – he’s a big tall kid but he couldn’t gain any weight. Finally he settled in and I think they started feeding him a lot of mashed potatoes and gravy and ice cream and he’s getting to where I think he could even have success at the next level. And I’m so happy for him because he’s just a great kid.”

Oklahoma State – which leads the conference in rushing yards by more than 90 yards per game – clashes with Tech in Lubbock on Saturday in yet another Top 10 Big 12 South matchup. The battle between Cowboys’ prolific run game and the Red Raiders’ newly-stingy run defense will likely be critical Saturday.

The Cowboys have rushed for at least 187 yards in every Big 12 game this season, and they average 273.6 yards on the ground. Running back Kendall Hunter said he was impressed by Tech’s line, but the OSU plan remains the same.

"They try to rattle the quarterback and stop the run,” Hunter said. "But we just go in and focus on what we got to do.”