The Oklahoma State Cowboys have some players that they just can't afford to lose in 2012. Joseph Randle is one of those guys.
Every team has players that make or break the season for them. The Cowboys have had several players over the last few seasons that have been huge difference makers.
Here are five players that the Cowboys can't do without this upcoming season.
Last season, Joseph Randle rushed for 1,216 yards and 24 touchdowns as the secondary or tertiary option for the offense.
This season, Randle will be playing with a quarterback who has never started a game and a receiving core that is pretty green as well. He will become an even bigger part of the offense as one of the few proven players on that side of the ball.
Losing him would be devastating to an offense that will already be so inexperienced.
While the wide receivers will be greener than they have been in a long time, Tracy Moore will be one of the few players in that group that has significant playing experience.
After starting the last two seasons at the inside receiver position, Moore is moving to the outside receiver position. He'll help fill the vacancy left by Justin Blackmon and the recently-departed Michael Harrison.
Moore has the most experience of any receiver on the team and is especially important on the outside. Losing him would significantly damper the Cowboy's offensive enthusiasm.
One of the returning defensive stars on the team, Brodrick Brown is a small guy, but he has a knack for coming up with the ball in big situations.
The 5'8" cornerback accounted for five interceptions last season, including the key one pictured here in a comeback win at Texas A&M.
The loss of Brown would turn the Cowboys' strong, turnover-producing defense into something much greener and less lethal.
Much like the case of Tracy Moore, that of Isaiah Anderson has to do with guys ahead of him who have left.
Anderson was a backup to Justin Blackmon last season as an outside receiver, and now he'll become a starter after Michael Harrison's departure.
The Cowboys lack the depth they had last year at this position. Anderson showed very good promise last year and will be expected to build on that this season. His loss would be back-breaking.
Daytawion Lowe is the type of guy that this Oklahoma State defense needs to have. Amassing 97 total tackles last season, Lowe proved as a sophomore that he has what it takes to help lead a defense.
He is a hard-hitting strong safety who collected an interception, three forced fumbles and a fumble recovery in 2011. On a defense filled with guys who are fast and can tip and intercept passes, Lowe is a guy who can play smashmouth defense by laying big hits on ball carriers.
This defense will suffer tremendously without him considering the unique but important element he brings to it.