New year, big difference for OSU's Randle

STILLWATER, Okla. -- Last year, with Kendall Hunter doing most of the heavy lifting, Joseph Randle was primarily used in a handful of packages and got a lot of use in the passing game.

A year later, as a sophomore, he looks like he'll be in a great spot to handle his new duties. I wrote about it this morning, but he's showcasing his new skills early on.

He broke a 41-yard run (with help from an outstanding block from Justin Blackmon) and scored from a yard out to put Oklahoma State up 7-0 early in the first quarter.

He carried the ball four times for 51 yards, a huge start for what could be a big game. He's added 10-12 pounds onto his frame from last season, and he'll need it for the amount of carries he's sure to get.

Oklahoma State's offense looks like it's slowed down a big from last season's pace, but it looks just as effective through a game and a drive as it was in 2010.

Don't forget to give a little credit to the offensive line, too. I've pegged them as the Big 12's best, and they're getting a big push up front early and have given Brandon Weeden tons of time on the opening drive.

Good signs all around for the Cowboys.