02/20/2013 - 2013 NFL Combine, Workout warriors: While the medicals, weigh-ins and interviews all play more critical roles in a player's overall grade than his performance during athletic testing at the Combine, there is no doubt that the extraordinary athleticism demonstrated during drills can leave scouts (and the media) buzzing. This hype has helped push players up draft boards in the past, and it will continue to do so in 2013.
There is nothing like pure speed to turn scouts' heads at the Combine. With several speedsters of note participating in the workouts this year, the Indianapolis Speedway could be held indoors this winter. Oklahoma State's Randle could prove the big winner if his on-field explosiveness translates into an eye-popping time. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
01/10/2013 - Oklahoma State junior running back Joseph Randle has decided to forgo his final season of eligibility and enter the 2013 NFL Draft. He is projected to be among the top running backs drafted. Randle is rated as NFLDraftScout.com's No. 5 running back and No. 84 prospect overall for April's draft. He is projected to be a second- or third-round pick.
Although he was overshadowed during the 2011 season playing with Brandon Weeden and Justin Blackmon, Randle stepped out of their shadow in 2012 and led the Big 12 conference in rushing with 1,417 yards on 274 carries (5.2) and 14 touchdowns, averaging 109 yards per game. He was also active as a receiver, adding 28 catches for 224 yards. Randle, who leaves Stillwater with 3,085 career rushing yards, was a unanimous All-Big 12 First Team selection this past season.
Randle has a lean torso and narrow frame but has done a nice job in the weight room and adding pounds to his frame. He has good speed to burst through the hole and stay upright through contact -- many of his yards came after the initial hit when he lowered his pads and fell forward. Randle has an upright running style, but he accelerates quickly and is productive as both a rusher and receiver. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
01/01/2013 - Scouting the Oklahoma State running game: RB Joseph Randle might have wore down some late in the year after being used as a workhorse earlier in the season. His rushing average dipped late in the season as he finished with a 112.58 average, barely ahead of Kansas' James Sims (112.55), as the Big 12 rushing leader. Still, Randle keyed a rushing attack the Oklahoma State staff puts great emphasis on because of its desire to balance the offense and keep opponents guessing. The line, which is young, did a nice job picking up on schemes. - The Sports Xchange
01/01/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: RB Joseph Randle is a versatile contributor who also provides a complete grasp of the offense, which has been helpful for Oklahoma State's inexperienced quarterbacks. The junior came into the Oklahoma State system as a dangerous pass-catching threat out of the backfield, but has emerged as a consistently strong rusher, who often took on a heavy workload this season because of injuries to other backs. - The Sports Xchange
12/09/2012 - 2012 ALL-BIG 12 FIRST TEAM (COACHES): RB Joseph Randle, Oklahoma State, Jr., Wichita, Kan./Southeast, has been selected First Team All-Big 12 Conference (Coaches selection) for the 2012 college football season. Randle led the Big 12 with 112.6 rushing yards per game in 2012. - Oklahoma State football
12/09/2012 - 2012 ALL-BIG 12 FIRST TEAM (MEDIA): Running back: Joseph Randle, Oklahoma State, 6-1, 200, Jr., Wichita, Kan., has been selected First Team All-Big 12 Conference (Media selection) for the 2012 college football season. Randle led the Big 12 with 112.6 rushing yards per game in 2012. - Oklahoma State football
11/27/2012 - Mike Gundy expects junior running back Joseph Randle to request that the NFL Draft Advisory Board evaluate his stock. The subject came up when the Oklahoma State coach was asked if Randle wants to be a senior. "I hope so," Gundy said. "At the end of the year, you have to look at everything involved. Joe has got a chance to play at the next level someday based on their interpretation of him. I think he needs another year because he has really separated himself this year from where he was last year." Randle leads the Big 12 and ranks 20th nationally with an average of 110 rushing yards per game.
Gundy doesn't think it is wise for underclassmen to leave school early unless they are going to be drafted high enough to merit a big payday. Gundy said it's "not really worth it" if you leave school prematurely and get drafted in lower rounds. "By the time they tax it and everything, you are better off trying to stay and make more money, because none of your money is guaranteed in the NFL," the coach said.
Gundy said Randle "really needs to look hard at his draft status. But if he was to be high enough for it to benefit him for the long term, then he would need to make that decision. (Justin) Blackmon and (Brandon) Weeden chose to come back. Russell (Okung) chose to come back. (Brandon) Pettigrew chose to come back. It all worked out well for them. - Jimmie Tramel, Tulsa World
11/25/2012 - RB Joseph Randle rushed for four touchdowns in the Nov. 24 loss at Oklahoma, coming within one of the Oklahoma State record of five, which was set three times by Barry Sanders. Randle, who gained 113 yards, is fourth on the OSU career rushing TD list behind Sanders (48), Terry Miller (43) and Thurman Thomas (43). Randle also completed a 36-yard pass against OU.
11/18/2012 - RB Joseph Randle gained 91 yards on 17 carries to lead all rushers as three running backs split duties for the Cowboys. Desmond Roland had seven attempts and Jeremy Smith five, providing more help for Randle, who was a workhorse earlier in the season because of injuries.
10/22/2012 - It wasn't exactly full revenge, yet Oklahoma State will take it, especially this season. The Cowboys, seeking traction in their follow act to winning the 2011 Big 12 Conference championship, beat the only team able to take them down a year ago, pulling away from Iowa State, 31-10, on Saturday at Boone Pickens Stadium. Oklahoma State improved to 4-2 overall and 2-1 in the Big 12, with quarterback J.W. Walsh passing for 415 yards and a touchdown and running for another score. The Cowboys also got 151 yards rushing from Joseph Randle and 129 yards receiving from Charlie Moore, rallying from an early deficit to win going away. Iowa State fell to 3-3, 1-2. Cyclones quarterback Jared Barnett had the offense rolling early, directing Iowa State to a 7-0 first-quarter lead. He completed 19-of-39 passes for 206 yards and a touchdown, but also threw a key interception before being replaced by Steele Jantz in the fourth quarter. Iowa State's 37-31 double overtime upset of Oklahoma State in Ames a year ago proved to be the difference in the Cowboys' BCS title game hopes. Saturday's game couldn't wipe away all that anguish, but Oklahoma State players admitted to approaching the rematch with much anticipation. - The Sports Xchange
10/02/2012 - 10/01/12 NFL DRAFT SCOUT RISER: RB JOSEPH RANDLE, OKLAHOMA STATE...When discussing the top junior running backs who might declare for the 2013 NFL Draft, Joseph Randle is usually passed over for prospects like Marcus Lattimore, Eddie Lacy and Le'Veon Bell. However, Randle showed once again on Saturday night why overlooking him would be a mistake. Although it came in a losing effort, he finished the game with a career-best 199 rushing yards, adding a pair of touchdowns. Randle showed his outstanding quickness and speed on the Cowboys first drive, sticking his foot in the ground and juking Texas All-Conference senior safety Kenny Vaccaro out of his cleats. He then turned on the jets and out-ran everyone on the field for a 69-yard score, showcasing his 4.4 speed. However throughout the game, Randle showed he isn't just a track athlete in a football jersey, lowering his pads and delivering blows to tough Texas defenders. His balance and competitive drive were obvious on every run, reception and even block, giving up his body in pass protection. Randle is one of only two running backs from BCS-level programs who have rushed for 100+ yards in every game so far in 2012 (Rutgers RB Jawan Jamison being the other). And while Lattimore, Lacy and Bell will continue to attract attention, Randle has a chance to emerge as one of the top running backs next April if he chooses to leave Stillwater early, drawing comparisons to a tougher Jamaal Charles. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
10/01/2012 - Week 5 Rewind: Throughout much of the Mike Gundy era at Oklahoma State it has been either passers or pass-catchers who have earned most of the hype. With Brandon Weeden and Justin Blackmon now in the NFL, however, Gundy has largely turned to junior running back Joseph Randle and the move proved almost enough for his Cowboys to upset the No. 12 Longhorns Saturday night. Randle gashed a talented Longhorns' defense for 199 yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries. His burst and lateral agility make him a dangerous big play threat conducive to running between Oklahoma State's wide splits. As his rocked up build would indicate, Randle is also a physical runner. He broke several tackles Saturday night, providing a physical presence to a Cowboys' offense that has been criticized by some for its finesse style. The 6-0, 200 pound Randle is rarely mentioned in the same breath as South Carolina's Marcus Lattimore and Wisconsin's Montee Ball but perhaps he should be. Considering his suddenness makes him much more of a big play candidate than these two powerful (but relatively methodical) backs, it wouldn't be surprising to see Randle wind up with an equal or even higher pro grade than either. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
09/16/2012 - RB Joseph Randle enjoyed his third 100-yard game in as many starts this season with 105 yards rushing against Louisiana-Lafayette. He rushed for two touchdowns, giving him 30 on his career, the sixth Cowboy all-time to reach that total.
09/09/2012 - RB Joseph Randle lost a first-half fumble, which seemed to blunt the Cowboys' momentum after they gained a quick 14-0 lead. Randle still recorded his eighth 100-yard game with 123 yards and moved into 20th on Oklahoma State's all-time rushing list.
09/08/2012 - THIS WEEK'S GAME: Oklahoma State at Arizona, Sept. 8 -- The matchup is a return game to a series that began last season in Stillwater after the two teams also met in the 2010 Alamo Bowl. Oklahoma State won each of those matchups, 36-10 and 37-14, in what were the first meetings between the two schools since World War II. The visit to Tucson will be the first for the Cowboys since 1942. RB Joseph Randle logged 123 rushing yards in the two meetings the past two seasons, as well as 11 receptions for 127 yards. Just four starters remain off that Alamo Bowl team for Oklahoma State: OLs Jonathan Rush and Lane Taylor, LB Shaun Lewis and CB Brodrick Brown. KEYS TO THE GAME: Arizona was successful in its debut under new coach Rich Rodriguez, but just barely. The Wildcats outlasted Toledo, 24-17, on a TD strike from QB Matt Scott to WR Terrence Miller in overtime. Scott fired for 387 yards and two touchdowns, stepping in for Nick Foles as the Arizona starting QB. RB Ka'Deem Carey added 147 yards rushing, including a 73-yard TD burst. So Oklahoma State must realize the Wildcats have multiple weapons, yet are also prone to mistakes. Arizona committed three turnovers and had two touchdowns nullified by penalties. The Cowboys' defense, as usual, will be pining for strips and picks. PLAYERS TO WATCH: RB Joseph Randle -- Needed just six rushing attempts to crack the 100-yard mark against Savannah State. His versatility is required to take pressure off Lunt as both a rusher and an outlet receiver. When dialed in, Randle is the Cowboys' top threat. - The Sports Xchange
09/01/2012 - Oklahoma State went from having the oldest quarterback in college football to the youngest. And in the transition, didn't miss a beat, at least not in a mismatched opener, an 84-0 romp past Savannah State at Boone Pickens Stadium. True freshman Wes Lunt, taking over for Brandon Weeden, kept OSU's offense humming, starting his career with 11 straight completions before exiting in the second quarter to make way for the backups. Lunt, an 18-year-old rookie from Rochester, Ill., had the Cowboys' no-huddle, spread attack running at the fast and efficient pace so familiar under Weeden, who was 28 as a senior last fall and is now considered an "old" rookie with the Cleveland Browns. Lunt led scoring drives on each of his four first-quarter possessions, throwing for 129 yards with his 11-for-11 passing performance. The running game was dominant as well, with Joseph Randle, Jeremy Smith and Desmond Roland combining for 293 yards and eight touchdowns - a school record for rushing touchdowns in a game. The Tigers were playing up in class, making the jump from the FCS level, and it showed. Savannah State managed only eight first downs and 139 total yards, most of it coming against OSU deep reserves in the second half. - The Sports Xchange
08/05/2012 - Wes Lunt will have big shoes to fill in following Weeden, who broke numerous school records while leading an offense that ranked second in the Bowl Subdivision in scoring (48.7 points per game) and third in total offense (545.5 yards). And he won't be able to throw to Blackmon, the No. 5 pick in this year's draft. He will be able to hand the ball to Joseph Randle and Jeremy Smith, who combined to rush for 1,862 yards last season. Tracy Moore, who had 45 catches last season, is the leading candidate to fill take over as the No. 1 receiver while senior Isaiah Anderson and Josh Stewart also provide experienced targets for Lunt. "I think it will be more of the same, maybe running a little more as a first option," said Randle, who has over 2,000 all-purpose yards in two seasons. "I don't think we are going to have to change that much because I think (Lunt) is that good. He's come in here and showed that he can run this offense. "But I feel like I am capable of carrying the ball 30 times a game every game of the season if that is what the coaches ask me to do. I'm like everybody on this team right now; people are saying that we can't do this or do that after last year. We are ready to prove them wrong." - AP Sports
07/25/2012 - If the Cowboys are able to repeat what they accomplished last season - 12 victories and a win over Stanford in the Fiesta Bowl - Randle will be a big reason why. Unlike past years when he played in the shadow of Weeden and Blackmon, he must now handle the heavy lifting. It's the way Gundy wants it. "Joseph has done very well for us," he said. "And he's been durable. Not only a good runner inside but outside. He's been a good receiver. He pass blocks well ... He should handle it well. He's been involved with Oklahoma State football now for three years... so we have a certain way that we like to carry ourselves, and we talk about team being first and the success of our group. I'm confident that Joe will handle it the right way." Randle is certainly prepared for whatever the season brings. Ask him about durability or how many carries he is comfortable taking in a game, and he grins. "I feel like my workload is less now than it was in high school," Randle said. "I never came off the field. I was on every special team play, offense and defense. Now I'm just working on running back. This is easy for me now." And he wants his approach to be what sets him apart. "Every year you play football you learn more and more," Randle said. "I feel like I'm a smarter player than I have ever been. That's the biggest difference between guys in college and guys in the NFL. They just get smarter. The more you understand the game the better football player you are going to be." - Kellis Robinett, The Wichita Eagle
07/22/2012 - 2012 PRESEASON ALL-BIG 12 FOOTBALL TEAM (MEDIA): RB Joseph Randle, Oklahoma State, Jr/2L,...In addition to his spot on the preseason watch list for the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award, Randle also appears on preseason watch lists for the Maxwell Award presented to the nation's top player by the Maxwell Football Foundation and the Doak Walker Award presented to the nation's top running back. As a sophomore in 2011, Randle carried the ball 208 times for 1,248 yards and added 43 catches for 266 yards and partnered with quarterback Brandon Weeden and receiver Justin Blackmon to win the inaugural Pony Express Award presented to the nation's best set of teammates. - Oklahoma State football
07/20/2012 - 2012 DOAK WALKER AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Joseph Randle (Jr.), Oklahoma State, has been selected to the Preseason Doak Walker Award Watch List for the 2012 college football season, presented annually to the nation's premier running back for his accomplishments on the field, achievement in the classroom and citizenship in the community. As a sophomore in 2011, Randle carried the ball 208 times for 1,248 yards and added 43 catches for 266 yards and partnered with quarterback Brandon Weeden and receiver Justin Blackmon to win the inaugural Pony Express Award presented to the nation's best set of teammates. - Oklahoma State football
07/20/2012 - 2012 PRESEASON WALTER CAMP PLAYER OF THE YEAR AWARD WATCH LIST: Joseph Randle, junior, RB, Oklahoma State, has been named one of of fifty preseason "players to watch" for The Walter Camp Football Foundation 2012 Player of the Year Award, the nation's fourth-oldest individual college football accolade. The media's pick as the 2012 preseason All-Big 12 first-team running back, Randle ranked second in the conference and fourth nationally in scoring per game (12.0 points per game), total touchdowns (26) and rushing touchdowns (24) en route to earning All-Big 12 first-team honors by the Associated Press in 2011. His 150 points scored ranks as the second-best single-season total in school history, trailing only Barry Sanders' NCAA record-setting 234 points in 1988. As a sophomore in 2011, Randle carried the ball 208 times for 1,248 yards and added 43 catches for 266 yards and partnered with quarterback Brandon Weeden and receiver Justin Blackmon to win the inaugural Pony Express Award presented to the nation's best set of teammates. - Oklahoma State football
07/11/2012 - Top-five Oklahoma State prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft: 1. RB Joseph Randle (6-1, 195)...Although the Cowboys' leading passer (Weeden) and receiver (Blackmon) are now cashing paychecks in the NFL, the team's leading rusher will be back for his junior season in Stillwater. And although he was overshadowed at times because of Oklahoma State's lethal passing attack, Randle is one of the most talented running backs returning to college football in 2012. He was a four-star recruit out of high school in Kansas, committing to the Cowboys over Stanford, Texas A&M and Kansas State. Randle made an immediate impact as a true freshman in 2010, backing up Kendall Hunter and finishing with 452 yards and a pair of scores. With Hunter moving on to the NFL, Randle won the starting running back job as a sophomore last season and finished second in the conference with 1,216 rush yards on 208 carries and 24 touchdowns (third-best among RBs in the nation). He also added 43 catches and 266 receiving yards with two scores, earning First Team All-Big 12 honors. Randle has a leaner-than-ideal frame and there are some questions about his ability to carry the load, but he works well through traffic and shows the balance to stay on his feet after first contact. He has excellent acceleration and wastes little time hitting his second gear through the hole, using his outstanding vision to find room to run both as a rusher and receiver. While Weeden and Blackmon were first round picks this past year, Randle isn't too far behind and could be a future early round pick in 2013 or 2014. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
07/09/2012 - 2012 MAXWELL AWARD PRESEASON WATCHLIST: Joseph Randle, Oklahoma State, RB, Jr., has been selected to the preseason Maxwell Award watchlist for the 2012 college football season, given to America's outstanding collegiate football player since 1937 and named in honor of sportswriter Robert W. "Tiny" Maxwell. Randle ranked second in the Big 12 and fourth nationally in scoring per game (12.0 points per game), total touchdowns (26) and rushing touchdowns (24) en route to earning All-Big 12 first-team honors by the Associated Press in 2011. His 150 points scored ranks as the second-best single-season total in school history, trailing only Barry Sanders' NCAA record-setting 234 points in 1988. As a sophomore in 2011, Randle carried the ball 208 times for 1,248 yards and added 43 catches for 266 yards and partnered with quarterback Brandon Weeden and receiver Justin Blackmon to win the inaugural Pony Express Award presented to the nation's best set of teammates. - Oklahoma State football
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