JOSEPH RANDLE

Tailback

Oklahoma State University Cowboys

#1

6:00.1-202

Wichita, Kansas

Southeast High School

 

OVERVIEW

A two-year full-time starter, Randle played a vital role in the success of the Cowboys’ offensive attack since first suiting up at the university during his freshman campaign. He

decided to leave school after his junior year to play in the National Football League in 2013 and is expected to join other elite running backs that the school has produced for the first two rounds of the draft – Billy Grimes (second round, 1949, Chicago), Terry Miller (first, 1978, Buffalo), Thurman Thomas (second, 1988, Buffalo), Barry Sanders (first, 1989, Detroit) and Tatum Bell (second, 2004, Denver).

 

With back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing performances during his last two seasons with the team, Randle became just the sixth Cowboy to ever produce multiple 1,000-yard seasons, joining Heisman runner-up Terry Miller (the only Cowboy with three 1,000-yard seasons), NFL Hall-of-Famer Thurman Thomas, David Thompson, Tatum Bell and two-time All-American Kendall Hunter.

 

Randle finished his career eighth in school history with 3,085 yards on the ground, as he is the team’s fourth-leading performer with forty touchdown runs, tallying 38 of those scores during his final 26 contests. He was part of the inaugural Pony Express Award, which is presented to the most productive teammates in the country, when he was joined Brandon Weeden and Justin Blackmon in earning the honor in 2011.

 

Named a Doak Walker Award (nation’s top running back) semi-finalist in 2012, the ball carrier is tenth on the Cowboys’ scoring record chart with 258 points. He also gained 4,283 all-purpose yards in 39 contests, an average of 109.82 yards per game. A proven threat coming out of the backfield, he closed out his career by placing 12th in school annals with 108 receptions.

 

Randle might lack the ideal size and bulk teams look for in a chain mover, but he runs at the low pad level and good forward body lean to generate additional yardage after absorbing initial contact. He does a nice job of weaving and sidestepping trash to consistently get to the second level and has shown marked improvement in protecting the ball with both hands to eliminate costly fumbles.

 

Unlike most young speedsters who simply outrace their blockers, Randle shows good patience and field vision to easily locate cutback lanes and follow his lead blockers. He also knows how to square his shoulders, lower his pads and drive forward to slip through the tiniest of creases when running between the tackles. He is not the type that tries to get too “fancy” in attempts to elude defenders, as he excels at reading keys and getting vertical for a nice array of long distance runs, evident by his impressive rushing average of 5.47 yards during his college career.

 

Randle was a coveted prep prospect during his playing days at Wichita’s Southeast High School, where the Kansas native was rated the 19th-best overall player in the Midlands region by Super Prep and the 21st-best running back in the nation by Scout.com. The two-way standout competed as a running back and defensive back, rushing for over 3,600 yards during his career.

 

Randle’s best season came during his senior campaign, when he rushed for twelve touchdowns and 1,200 yards, en route to receiving Super Prep All-American honors, in addition to being named All-State (first-team on defense; second-team on offense). He also earned All-League defensive honors for the second-straight year and was a two-time All-Metro choice.

 

In addition to his exploits on the gridiron, Randle also competed for Southeast’s track & field team. He participated in the 100, 200 and 400 meters, and was a state qualifier in the long jump and triple jump. Rated a four-star prospect and the fifth-best player in the state of Kansas by Rivals.com, he committed to the Oklahoma State Cowboys in 2010, rejecting scholarship offers from Stanford, Texas A&M and Kansas State.

 

As a true freshman, Randle appeared in thirteen games, playing behind Kendall Hunter before earning five starting assignments. He finished second on the team with 452 yards and two scores on 82 carries, ranking fourth with 37 receptions for 427 yards (11.54 ypc) and another score. He averaged 25.64 yards on eleven kickoff returns and 89.23 all-purpose yards per game.

 

With Hunter leaving for the National Football League, Randle became the Cowboys’ full-time starter in 2011, receiving All-Big Twelve Conference first-team honors. He placed fourth in the league with an average of 93.54 yards per game on the ground and was second in scoring (fourth nationally) with 156 points, the second-highest season total by a Cowboy. His 1,216 yards on 208 carries rank 16th on the Cowboys’ annual record chart and only Barry Sanders (37 in 1988) ran for more touchdowns in a season than Randle’s 24.

 

Randle continue his rise up the NFL prospect charts after an equally impressive junior season in 2012. He was again selected All-Big Twelve Conference first-team while placing second in the league with an average of 109.00 yards per game rushing. He did not get the scoring opportunities like afforded him in 2011, but found the end zone fourteen times on the ground while posting 1,417 yards on 274 attempts. He also caught 28 balls for 224 yards (8.00 ypc) and completed both of his pass attempts for 37 yards.

 

On January 10th, 2013 Randle announced that he had decided to forgo his final season of eligibility and enter the 2013 NFL Draft. Projected to be among the top running backs selected, he closed out his career ranked 18th among active NCAA Football Subdivision performers in rushing attempts (564), 14th in rushing yardage (3,085) and 18th in rushing touchdowns (40). His average of 5.47 yards per carry placed 20th among active players and his total touchdowns (40) rank ninth.

 

CAREER NOTES

Randle started 31-of-39 games for Oklahoma State, carrying 564 times for 3,085 yards (5.47 ypc) and 40 touchdowns…His rushing yards total placed eighth on the school career-record chart…His 40 touchdown runs are fourth in Cowboys annals, topped by Barry Sanders (48; 1986-88), Terry Miller (43; 1974-77) and Thurman Thomas (43; 1984-87). The only other OKSU player with at least 35 scoring runs is Kendall Hunter (37; 2007-10)…

Caught 108 passes, the 12th-highest total on the school career-record chart, good for 917 yards (8.49 ypc) and three scores…Returned eleven kickoffs for 282 yards (25.64 avg) and lost a yard while fielding a short punt…Completed both of his pass attempts for 37 yards and recorded five tackles (4 solos) with the special team coverage unit…Scored 258 points, tenth-best in school history…With 1,216 yards rushing in 2011 and 1,417 yards in 2012, Randle became only the sixth player in school history to rush for over 1,000 yards more than once in a season, joining Thurman Thomas (1,787 in 1987; 1,553 in 1985), Terry Miller (1,680 in 1977; 1,541 in 1976; 1,026 in 1975), Kendall Hunter (1,555 in 2008; 1,548 in 2010), David Thompson (1,524 in 1996; 1,509 in 1995) and Tatum Bell (1,286 in 2003; 1,096 in 2002).

 

2012 SEASON

Randle earned All-Big Twelve Conference first-team honors from The NFL Draft Report, the Associated Press and the league’s coaches…The team captain was a semi-finalist for the Doak Walker Award (nation’s top running back) and was the recipient of the Bob Fenimore Award, given to the Cowboys’ MVP…Started all thirteen games, ranking second in the league and 21st in the nation with a rushing average of 109.00 yards per game, placing fifth in the Big Twelve with 126.23 all-purpose yards per game…His 1,417 yards on the ground rank 13th on the school season-record list, carrying the ball 274 times with fourteen touchdowns, as his scoring scampers placed ninth on the Cowboys’ annual record chart…Randle was the only Big Twelve ball carrier to gain over 1,000 yards rushing vs. league opponents (1,016 in nine games)…Fifth on the team with 28 catches for 224 yards (8.00 ypc) and completed both of his pass attempts for 37 yards…Scored 84 points and recorded three tackles (2 solos)…Touched the ball 302 times, gaining 1,641 all-purpose yards…Opened the season with four-straight 100-yard rushing performances, including a monster 199-yard effort on 25 carries with two scores vs. Texas, as his 69-yard touchdown run vs. the Longhorns was the longest jaunt of the season by a Cowboy… Gained 107 yards on just six carries with two touchdowns, including a 40-yarder in the season-opener vs. Savannah State…Ran for 123 yards on 23 vs. Arizona, a game in which he also contributed 70 receiving yards on eight catches…Produced 105 yards and two touchdowns on 21 chances vs. Louisiana-Lafayette…His 151 yards vs. Iowa State included two touchdowns among his 24 carries, setting up another score with a 62-yard run vs. the Cyclones…Ran for 113 yards and four touchdowns on 21 attempts at Oklahoma, marking the second four-touchdown game of his career. He also became the first Cowboy to have consecutive 100-yard rushing games vs. the Sooners since Tatum Bell in 2003…Followed with 23 rushes for 139 yards vs. Baylor in the season finale…Closed out his career with just 66 yards on seventeen runs vs. Purdue in the Heart of Dallas Bowl.

 

2011 SEASON

Randle was named All-American third-team by The NFL Draft Report…The All-Big Twelve Conference first-team choice by the Associated Press, added second-team accolades from the league’s coaches…Ranked second in the league and fourth in the nation with an average of 12.0 points per game…His total of 156 points is the second-highest season total by a Cowboy, topped by only Barry Sanders (264 in 1988)…In Big Twelve annals, his 156 points fall behind Ricky Williams of Texas (168 in 1998) and Collin Klein of Kansas State (162 in 2011) on the league’s season-record chart…Carried 208 times for 1,216 yards (5.85 ypc), as his yardage total is good for 16th on the school season-record chart…His 24 touchdown runs are surpassed by only Barry Sanders (37 in 1988) on the school annual record list…placed fourth on the team with 43 receptions (ranks 22nd on the Cowboys season record chart) for 266 yards (6.19 ypc) and two scores…Recorded a pair of solo tackles and amassed 1,482 all-purpose yards, an average of 114.00 yards per game…Was part of the inaugural Pony Express Award, which is presented to the most productive teammates in the country (joined Brandon Weeden and Justin Blackmon in earning the honor)…Ran for over 100 yards six times, scoring at least once on the ground in eleven contests (all but vs. Texas A&M and Iowa State)…Ran for four scores and 152 yards on just 14 carries vs. Baylor…Averaged 8.1 yards vs. Arizona with 124 yards on just 15 attempts after he had opened the season with three straight games over 100 yards (129 vs. Louisiana-Lafayette with two scores on 22 tries; 121 and two more scores on 15 attempts while catching nine balls for 99 yards vs. Arizona; and 25 carries for 128 yards and three touchdowns at Tulsa)…Had 138 yards and three touchdowns among 14 rushes at Missouri, including a 59-yard scoring scamper…Turned in a workman-like 88-yard effort at Texas Tech with three touchdowns in OSU’s 66-point outburst…Was one of the standouts vs. Oklahoma with 151 yards and two scores and an average of 7.9 yards per rush (19 runs), adding 31 yards on four grabs.

 

 

 

2010 SEASON

Randle was one of the more productive true freshmen in the Big Twelve Conference, as the Cowboys utilized him in the running game, passing game and return game…Finished second on the team with 452 yards and two touchdowns on 82 carries…Placed fourth on the squad with 37 receptions for 427 yards (11.54 ypc) and a score…Recovered a short punt for a 1-yard loss, but generated 282 yards on eleven kickoff returns (25.64 ypc) to finish the season with 1,160 all-purpose yards, an average of 89.23 yards per game.

 

INJURY REPORT

No major injuries reported.

 

AGILITY TESTS

4.50 in the 40-yard dash…1.54 10-yard dash…2.54 20-yard dash…4.13 20-yard shuttle…

6.87 three-cone drill…34-inch vertical jump…9’9” broad jump…Bench pressed 225 pounds 18 times…31 ¾-inch arm length…9 ½-inch hands…76 ½-inch wingspan.

 

HIGH SCHOOL

Randle attended Southeast (Wichita, Kan.) High School, where he was rated the 19th-best overall player in the Midlands region by Super Prep and the 21st-best running back in the nation by Scout.com…Competed as a running back and defensive back, rushing for over 3,600 yards during his career…His best season came during his senior campaign, when he rushed for twelve touchdowns and 1,200 yards, en route to receiving Super Prep All-American honors, in addition to being named All-State (first-team on defense; second-team on offense)…Also earned All-League defensive honors for the second-straight year and was a two-time All-Metro choice…Also competed for Southeast’s track & field team, participating in the 100, 200 and 400 meters…Was a state qualifier in the long jump and triple jump.

 

Born Dec. 29, 1991, in Wichita … Son of Larry Randle, Sr. … Has two brothers and a sister … Lengthy offer list included Arizona, Boston College, Ole Miss, Missouri, Stanford, Texas A&M, Kansas, Kansas State and Iowa.

 

PERSONAL

Economics major, with a minor in Engineering…Son of Larry Randle, Sr…Born 12/29/91 in Wichita, Kansas.

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