Joseph Randle: Video Highlights for Former Oklahoma State RB
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Former Oklahoma State running back Joseph Randle is a do-it-all type of player. Not only is he a speedy ball-carrier, but he is also a very reliable receiver and is stout in pass protection.
Of all of the speed running backs in this year's draft, Randle may actually be the most complete player. He excels in open space and is very difficult to be caught from behind. Running out of the spread offense could have helped his cause in that department, but he should be able to make the transition to the NFL nicely.
After bulking up and adding a power element to his game in 2012, he became a very well-rounded back that could be featured in the backfield at the NFL level.
Here are some of Randle's top highlights from his collegiate career.
12-Yard Run vs. Texas, 2012
On the opening slide, Randle adding power for the 2012 season was mentioned. This is exactly the kind of run he was able to produce thereafter.
Randle gets the handoff out of the pistol formation and sees an encroaching defender straight ahead. Without hesitation, he quickly shifts his hips and gets outside of the left side of the line.
Upon accelerating, he meets one-on-one with a Longhorn cornerback. Randle lowers his pad level and just runs over the helpless defender.
He then keeps his balance and his pads low while taking two more defenders for a four-yard ride and a first down. A speed back that can run over defenders like that is an absolute weapon.
69-Yard Run vs. Texas, 2012
Randle lines up in the backfield out of the shotgun formation on this run.
He quickly finds a hole on the left side after the trap and is contacted by a defender. His momentum carries him past the arm tackle and into the second level.
From there, a quick cut inside gets him past the linebackers and into the secondary. This is where he really starts to impress.
He shows off his great strength by shoving a would-be tackler off of his waist and keeping his balance throughout the effort. His acceleration is astonishing as he is back up to full speed in no time.
It is now a footrace to the end zone, and Randle successfully burns the entire Texas defense easily.
43-Yard Run vs. Arizona, 2011
Randle shows off his patience very well at the beginning of this run. He allows his two blockers to get in front of him and engage their targeted defenders at the line of scrimmage.
Once Randle follows them into the hole they have created, he quickly leaps over a fallen defender and explodes into the secondary. He gets a nice block from a wide receiver and cuts outside. From there he shifts gears and streaks down the right sideline.
A defender with a good angle finally brings Randle down, but his forward momentum carries the tackler for an extra three yards before he is brought to the ground.
These are the kinds of explosive plays Randle should be able to duplicate at the next level.
22-Yard Run vs. Kansas State, 2011
This play is set up nicely because of a great play call. Kansas State blitzes from the strong side and Oklahoma State runs a trap to the weak side of the field. This gives Randle a great gap inside of the left tackle.
With two quick maneuvers, he sheds the tackles of the defensive end and linebacker with ease. Even though he is contacted, he maintains his balance very nicely and is able to accelerate back to full speed very fast.
This gets him into the open field, and with his speed, the defense never had a chance of bringing him down before the score.
This play is even more fantastic due to the fact that it happened with only two minutes left in the game. Randle seems to have plenty of stamina left at this point, which will surely help him at the NFL level.
39-Yard Reception vs. Texas A&M, 2010
This is a dynamic that Randle brings to the table more so than almost any other prospect at the running back position. There are other backs that can catch out of the backfield, but Randle is capable of being a legitimate downfield target.
On this play, the formation is Oklahoma State's typical spread formation run out of the shotgun. Randle is lined up in the backfield.
Once the ball is snapped, Randle quickly bursts up the seam and easily gets past the linebacker that was assigned to cover him.
With the safeties out wide to cover receivers over the top, this leaves Randle all alone in the middle of the field. With his soft hands, Randle pulls the ball in with ease and trots into the end zone for an easy score.
2012 Highlight Reel
The first run of this highlight reel features Randle running hard up the right side. He does not allow himself to be taken down easily and finishes runs very well for extra yardage after contact.
The second run is pure vision on the goal line. Randle keeps his head up after the exchange and bursts through his gap and into the end zone.
During the third run, two things are on display. First, Randle is very patient in the beginning and allows his blocks to develop. Next, after his blockers are engaged, he accelerates and is up to full speed so quickly that the defense cannot get a good angle on him. This allows him to cruise up the sideline for the score.
Another short-yardage run follows, which shows Randle's determination to get into the end zone. He gets his pads nice and low and delivers a crushing hit over a defender. At the same time, he is able to maintain his balance and lunge into the end zone.
The following run is a great example of the same determination to get past tacklers. Randle is able to break two tackles on his way to another short-yardage score.
On the third slide, the next run can be viewed from a different angle. Randle goes 69 yards for a score here against Texas.
In yet another short-yardage run, Randle is very decisive. He hits the hole hard and gets through quickly for the score.
The next run features Randle's explosiveness through the line. He gets to full speed so quickly that he is not touched until well beyond the secondary. He has great high-end speed, which makes it rather difficult for a defender to catch him from behind.
The last two runs are good examples of one-cut maneuvers at the line of scrimmage and great acceleration upfield for positive yardage.