October 22, 2012

Cowboy Football Notebook: Randle ready to carry the load

Oklahoma State and coach Mike Gundy met with the media for the first time since Gundy announced news that took Cowboy nation by storm on Sunday evening.

On his teleconference on Sunday evening, Gundy announced that quarterback is expected to miss the remainder of the season with an injury he suffered against Iowa State.

"I'm very proud of what J.W. has given our football team," Gundy said. "I'm disappointed for him, that he can't continue to play. He competed on about 70 plays, give or take a few, after the injury."

Walsh took over after [db]Wes Lunt went down with an injury against Louisiana, and has led the team to a 3-1 record since then.

The injury is believed to have occurred in the first quarter of Saturday's game. Gundy shared that the training staff told him that he wouldn't be cleared to run for "four to six weeks."

"I'm reading a book about Navy SEAL's, and what they go through to be a SEAL and how much pain they have to endure to continue to move forward," Gundy said. "That's what it reminded me of. I'm not trying to make him out to be something he isn't, but people need to realize that the guys who play this game put their body on the line every Saturday, and we as coaches and fans need to respect that."

Randle prepares for the top-ranked TCU rushing defense

Running back Joseph Randle spent last week hearing all about Iowa State's dominant linebackers, and how hard it would be to run the ball against them.

Instead of letting the backers get the best of him, Randle rattled off 156 yards and two touchdowns on 24 carries, and never let the Cyclone defense keep him in check.

This week is a bit tougher, as he has to concentrate on a Horned Frogs defense that leads the Big 12 in rushing defense, allowing just 92.0 yards a game through seven contests.

"I think it's their system," offensive coordinator Todd Monken said of TCU's defensive unit. "I think they've got good players, but (coach Gary Patterson) has been there for a number of years now, and they don't waiver. Whenever you find a team that's really successful on offense or defense, they have a plan, they believe in it and stick to it, and that comes across to their players."

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