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OSU football: Running back position brings up a lot of questions

With Joseph Randle's early departure to the NFL, running back will be an intriguing position to monitor as Oklahoma State opens fall camp this week.
BY GINA MIZELL Published: July 28, 2013

What have you been hearing about Webster and Childs during summer workouts?

“They're working hard. I haven't had any bad reports about missing class, trouble, those types of things. That's just as important — what you don't hear is sometimes the best.”

What most caught your eye about those two guys while recruiting them?

“(Corion has) just got an innate ability. He's a quiet, quiet kid, but on the football field, he's a beast. He's a smart kid when it comes to football. He's one cut and go. I watched every single game he played his senior year, every snap he took when he carried the ball, and every game I got more excited about the fact that he was going to be a Cowboy.

“When we were able to offer Rennie a scholarship (after Randle declared for the NFL Draft), it was a huge day for me. It was the best, because he's a kid that I kept in touch with that whole year. Basically, (it was a) ‘Hey, we love you. I just don't have a ring for you' type of deal. He blew up (late in the recruiting process). Texas, Oregon, all these big schools came in on him late. And I think the fact that we had kind of stayed in the boat with him, even though we didn't have a scholarship, (helped us). I went down in the fall when we had a bye week and watched him play. You watch a screen play on one of his highlight tapes, I think he breaks eight tackles, makes four or five guys miss and he's gone up the sideline. So he's got speed, strength, size. They're both kind of what I look for in this offense, so we'll see how soon they want to contribute.”

And when could that be, realistically? Many expect them to challenge for the No. 3 job right away.

“I think we've proven here that freshman have played. You go back to Herschel Sims, he played as a freshman. Desmond Roland played as a freshman. Caleb Muncrief played as a freshman. I expect those guys to contribute. Now, if they're not ready, they won't. But if they are, we'll let them chomp at the bit a little bit and get going.”