How Good is Joseph Randle?

first_imgPhoto Attribution: @eknielsenOur most common (and recent) point of reference is Kendall Hunter. You know, the two-time first team All-Big 12 running back who #1 and #31 have made you completely forget about.Let’s take a look at Hunter’s first three games in 2008 and 2010 (his first full season and last full season). We’ll throw out 2009 because of injuries.Kendall Hunter2008: 56 rushes for 449 yards and 6 TDs | 1 reception for 18 yards2010: 60 rushes for 473 yards and 6 TDs | 11 receptions for 40 yardsNow let’s take a look at Randle’s first three games of the 2011 season.Joseph Randle2011: 62 rushes for 378 yards and 7 TDs | 12 receptions for 117 yardsSo if you add up the total receiving and rushing yards (Hunter actually returned kicks for the first three games last year but I refuse to acknowledge that for how asinine it was), you get:2008 Hunter: 467 and 62010 Hunter: 513 and 62011 Randle: 495 and 7Hunter’s competition (Washington State, Houston, Missouri State, Troy, and Tulsa) in each year was similar to what Randle’s has been this year.They both split carries with other backs – Hunter with Toston and Randle and Randle with Jeremy Smith. The one benefit Randle has in terms of piling up stats is that his quarterback isn’t stealing any dump-off receiving yards from him like Zac did to Kendall because of his ability to scramble. Mostly because Weeden’s ability to scramble is roughly equivalent to mine.I’m not going to say Randle has been better this year than Hunter in 2008 or 2010 because those were some pretty special years from Spud, but the point is that there hasn’t been a drop-off. Randle has picked up where Oklahoma State running backs are supposed to pick up – at the top of the pile of NCAA statistics and at the head of the class of Big 12 running backs.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img