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Q&A with new OSU running backs coach Kasey Dunn

BY BRANDON CHATMON, Staff Writer, bchatmon@opubco.com Modified: February 6, 2011 at 6:24 pm •  Published: February 6, 2011
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STILLWATER —New Oklahoma State running back coach Kasey Dunn will focus on instilling one attribute into the Cowboys' backs:

Competitiveness.

Shortly after Signing Day, Dunn talked with The Oklahoman about why he left Southern Mississippi to join the Cowboys coaching staff and what things he expects from his players.

What made you want to be a part of OSU's program?

“It's one of the elite programs in the country and, to have it in a city like Stillwater, which is still a small town, it's a great fit for us as a family to raise kids. It was an easy decision for us.”

What are three main things you want to instill in your players?

“The first thing is competitiveness. I want them to be able to compete and be able to win in everything we do from drill work to studying video, always playing to win. No. 2 is probably compete, and No. 3 is compete (laughing).”

So every position is always open competition?

“It's always that way. Whoever is playing the best is going to get the opportunity to play. There's never been any favorites. You always think about what is best for the team. It's what's best for the team, what's best for the unit, what's best for the players...you take care of those three questions, you should be OK.”

What was your first impression of Joseph Randle?

“First time I met Joseph was at a recruiting dinner. I was taken aback by what a polished young man he was. He's smart, sharp, you can talk to him about several different things. He wasn't your typical 18-, 19-year old college kid. You just felt like you were talking to a 30-year old guy. He's not going to be a high-maintenance guy. He'll be able to execute things you are asking him to do.”

What about Jeremy Smith?

“Jeremy is a very hungry young man. He's one of those guys who wants to prove himself. Jeremy is a very conscientious young man. He came to my office a couple of times, and there's a lot of character there, a lot of drive and a lot of determination. I'm expecting big things from him this spring.”

OSU signed two elite prospects in Herschel Sims and Desmond Roland. What did you think of them?

“I like those two as well. Coach (Robert) Gillespie did a wonderful job of identifying top prospects and recruiting them. Then after his departure, the staff did a great job holding onto those guys. It says a lot about the program and the strength of the program.”

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