Which OSU running back will have a bigger impact in the Cotton Bowl?The Oklahoman’s Oklahoma State football beat writer Brandon Chatmon and columnist Berry Tramel debate which All-Big 12 running back will have a bigger impact in today’s 74th annual Cotton Bowl Classic against Ole Miss. Brandon Chatmon: It looks like Kendall Hunter is finally healthy. Teammates speak of seeing Hunter making the moves they haven’t seen in months and that could be the difference against an Ole Miss defense which the Cowboys will need explosive big plays to beat. Berry Tramel: I certainly agree that OSU could use some explosiveness, but I haven’t seen it out of Hunter this year. I have to believe that Keith Toston, the old battering ram, will be more effective today, just as he has been all season. Chatmon: There’s no doubt Toston will be effective, he may have been OSU’s most consistent player this season. But against the athletic, attacking Ole Miss defense, Hunter provides a big-play threat the Cowboys have been missing for the majority of the season. Tramel: I just wonder how healthy Hunter is. Even since his return the second half of the season, we haven’t seen the same player we saw in 2008. The nimble, hard-to-grab runner who was a first-team All-American. Maybe Hunter has regained his health during the bowl break, but we’ve seen nothing this season to think Hunter will be a difference-maker vs. Ole Miss. Chatmon: Health-wise, Hunter says he’s light years from where he was against Iowa State. And there’s no doubt he wants to remind people just how special he was in 2008. I think he wants to send a message to the Big 12 and the nation: Kendall Hunter will return to All-American form in 2010. And he’ll do that today. Tramel: That would be fantastic news for OSU. This Cowboy offense has lacked big plays without Hunter or Dez Bryant. OSU probably will have to grind it out today, too, which means Mr. Toston needs to eat his Wheaties.
Which OSU running back will have a bigger impact in the Cotton Bowl?