As a true freshman, Joseph Randle had at least one carry in each of Oklahoma State’s 13 games (82 total for 452 yards and two touchdowns), adding 37 grabs for 427 yards in the passing game. In his sophomore campaign, he ran for 1,216 rushing yards and a ridiculous 24 touchdowns, earning second-team All-Big 12 laurels – all the while playing in the shadow of 2012 first-rounders Brandon Weeden and Justin Blackmon.
Randle stepped out of their considerable shadows in 2012, leading the Big 12 conference in rushing with 1,417 yards on 274 carries (5.2) and 14 touchdowns, enough to earn him unanimous All-Big 12 First Team honors. And, like the other backs in whom the Cowboys have expressed interest, he demonstrated good receiving skills, with 28 catches for 224 yards. He leaves Stillwater with 3,085 career rushing yards.
Randle boasts a nice combination of power and wiggle. Randle has an upright running style, but he accelerates quickly, bursting through the hole and stay upright through contact; in 2012, after working to put a few more pounds on his frame, he added power to his game, lowering his pads more effectively, and getting more yardage after contact. Want a side-by-side comparison? Look at him in 2011, against Oklahoma and Baylor, and contrast that with 2012 footage, from contests against Arizona, Iowa State and Texas.
What about our scouts, you say? Funny you should ask; I’ve got them on the line, so to speak…
ESPN/ Scouts, Inc. (Gary Horton): 14th-rated RB; not in top 100
Competitiveness: A competitive and runner. Displays good determination in the red zone to hit pay dirt. Falls forward at the end of runs more often than not. Appears to take pride in pass pro. Protects feet well. Career fumble rate is adequate (1.01%) but he improved ball security in 2012 (.66%). Still can keep ball tighter to body especially when making cuts in the open field.
Vision/ Patience: A decisive but patient runner. Flashes a skip step in backfield to allow blockers a split second extra to get into position. Utilizes blocks well and does a nice job of resetting it vertically. Shows discipline to stay the course and take the positive yards as an inside runner. Has a good feel for over pursuing defenses to make the vertical cut as an outside runner. Decisive as a second level runner.
Agility/ Acceleration: Quick feet and flashes above-average lateral agility. Can consistently make penetrating defender miss in the backfield. Lateral quickness to make a defender miss in a confined area as an inside runner. Just average acceleration out of cuts though. Doesn’t show great stop/start ability. Displays a solid short-area