By Andrew Glover
STILLWATER, Okla. —
Sometimes all an athlete needs to shine is just the opportunity. Saturday at Boone Pickens Stadium, freshman running back Rennie Childs took advantage of his playing time in the second half of Oklahoma State’s 24-10 victory over TCU.
“Rennie has been close to playing in the last few weeks,” OSU coach Mike Gundy said. “We felt like he was mature enough in the last game, but it just never worked out that we got him in. He’s been productive in practice and showing some maturity. It’s not just running the ball. He also has to understand the offense and be successful in those other areas. We felt like it was time today.”
After gaining one yard on his first carry, Childs caught a screen pass from senior quarterback Clint Chelf and ran for a 34-yard gain to the TCU 30. In the fourth quarter, Childs broke a career-long 16-yard run for a first down. Later in the fourth, Childs scored his first career touchdown on a 7-yard run, which also gave the Cowboys insurance points — increasing their lead to 23-10.
Childs, who saw limited action in victories over the University of Texas in San Antonio and Lamar, finished Saturday’s game with a team-leading 45 yards rushing — averaging five yards per carry. Offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich said the repetitions the freshman running back received in previous games and practices paid off.
“He’s practiced very well over the past few weeks, and even going back to camp,” Yurcich said. “It’s mid-season and the reps add up so you feel a little bit more comfortable about a true freshman playing.”
Childs wasn’t made available after Saturday’s victory because of Gundy’s rule of first-year players not being allowed to speak with the media. While Childs performance Saturday may have surprised some fans, his teammates weren’t overly shocked.
“It was expected,” said junior wide receiver Josh Stewart, who amassed 265 all purpose yards Saturday. “I’m excited to see him get his time to show everyone what he can do. He took advantage of that today and I’m proud of him.”
Stewart, who has had plenty of highlights in his OSU career said it’s exciting to see young players like Childs do well on game day.
“It gets the fans and the team excited for his future and the future of this team,” Stewart said. “He’s going to be a great running back. He’s going to be making progress every day.”