Friday, October 12, 2012
Friday Q&A: OSU RB Joseph Randle
By David Ubben
Most around the Big 12 pegged Oklahoma State's Joseph Randle as the Big 12's best back entering the season. Since it began, he's done nothing but confirm those suspicions. Randle leads the Big 12 in rushing despite playing just four games, and his 534 yards and six touchdowns have come on just 75 carries. That's an average of more than seven yards a touch, the fifth best average in the Big 12.
The Wichita, Kan., native has helped put OSU's offense at No. 1 in yards per carry nationally, too.
Oklahoma State's Joseph Randle expects the Cowboys to return to their winning ways.
He sat down with ESPN.com this week to talk about the season and look ahead to this week's game at Kansas.
You've put up big numbers so far, but how would you grade yourself this season?
Mostly, I'm going to base myself off the team's success, so we have some work to do. We'll get things together, sooner than later.
What kind of work needs to be done?
Winning. That's the main thing. When we get back and get our next win, I think we'll be OK.
Since you've been at Oklahoma State, you guys haven't lost a whole lot of games. What's it been like for you to start 2-2?
It's alright, it's not over yet. We're going to go out there and win the rest of our games and see where that leaves us.
We've seen so much talk about Geno Smith and the passers and receivers in this league. Do you feel like the running games in this league and you as a player have been overlooked a little bit?
Nah, I'm not really a selfish guy, so I think the right people are noticing the right things. It's OK. I'm not really looking for all the individual stuff.
What was the Texas game like, to put up the kind of numbers you did (25 carries, 199 yards, 2 TDs) and still not come out with a win?
I felt like I can only control the things that I can control, and that's my effort. But as a team, I think we just came up a little short. That's all there is to that. We played hard and we could have won the game, we just didn't. On our side of the ball, we played a pretty good game. We just have to bring that same intensity to the next game.
What are you looking forward to most about heading back to your home state?
Going down there and getting the win. My family's always at the games, no matter where we play most of the time.
What do you remember most about last year's KU game?
I guess we beat them pretty bad. It's exciting.
It looks like they've given up a lot of rushing yards so far this year, but how much attention do you pay to those kinds of raw statistics looking across at opponents the next week? Does that sort of get you excited?
Nah, it's always exciting to have the opportunity to play. I think I put the same amount of attention into every game I've played.
What does this team need to do to get back in the Big 12 race?
Put everything all together. We haven't had a complete game as a team yet, one where not just one side does good and another side -- we've got to put a total game together in all three phases of the game.