STILLWATER, Okla. —
After spending three seasons in the Oklahoma State University Cowboys’ backfield, Randle will play in another Cowboys’ backfield as he was selected Saturday in the fifth round by Dallas with 151st overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.
Randle will join former OSU Cowboys Dez Bryant and Dan Bailey in Dallas. The former OSU running back was a two-time first-team All-Big 12 performer, earning the honor in 2011 and 2012, and was a key figure in the Cowboys having one of the most feared offenses in America both seasons. With Randle starting at running back, the Cowboys were the only team in the nation to average more than 7 yards per play in each of the past two seasons.
A semifinalist for the 2012 Doak Walker Award presented to the nation's top running back, Randle finished his career eighth in OSU history in rushing yards with 3,085, fourth in rushing touchdowns (40) and 10th in scoring with 258 points. That point total is fourth all-time among OSU running backs.
“We're happy that Joseph is getting the chance to live his dream by playing in the NFL and we're excited about what the future holds for him,” Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said. “He was a very productive player on our team and now he has the opportunity to continue the NFL running back tradition that we have established here at Oklahoma State over a number of years.”
Randle is the latest running back to come from the same Oklahoma State program that produced NFL Hall of Famers Barry Sanders and Thurman Thomas and current San Francisco 49ers back Kendall Hunter, among numerous others.
“I love Oklahoma State and the three years I spent here were the best time of my life,” Randle said. “I thank my teammates, my coaches, the fans and really everyone involved who make it a great place. I'm excited for my new opportunity and I'm ready to go after it, but I'll always be an Oklahoma State Cowboy at heart.”
Several former OSU Cowboys agreed to terms after the draft. Linebacker Alex Elkins signed with the Detroit Lions. Former kicker and punter Quinn Sharp became a Cincinnati Bengal. Offensive lineman Lane Taylor agreed to terms with the Green Bay Packers