When former Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen left for West Virginia, little did people think West Virginia would become Oklahoma State – East. Right now West Virginia has three assistants that have spent time in Stillwater. Quarterback Coach Jake Spavital was there in 2010 as the offensive graduate assistant, Running backs Coach Robert Gillespie was there in 2009 and 2010, and finally new defensive coordinator, Joe DeForest served as Oklahoma State’s Associate Head Coach and Special Teams coordinator since 2001.
Gundy praised Holgorsen for the staff he’s put together. Gundy said, “I know Coach DeForest is a good coach, I know Gillespie is a good coach. He’s (Holgorsen’s) a smart guy, so I’m sure he put together a good staff.”
Gundy also gave some knowledge as to what WVU can expect out of Joe DeForest.
“He’s had great success at our place on special teams, he’s got a lot of knowledge there, he’s been doing that for a long time, 15-20 years, he should be an asset to any organization,” Gundy added.
Aside from Gundy, the Cowboys’ running back, Joseph Randle was heavily recruited by former OSU running back coach and now WVU running back coach, Robert Gillespie.
“I trusted him (Gillespie), I trusted the vision Coach Gundy and him had for me in this program. Everything that he said could happen for me, has happened,” Randle said about Gillespie.
Gillespie left Oklahoma State after Randle’s freshman season.
“He’s a good coach and a great guy,” Randle said.
Gundy Understands Randle’s Importance
It isn’t hard to see the most vital piece of the Oklahoma State offense this season. After losing quarterback Brandon Weeden to the Browns and Justin Blackmon to the Jaguars, the Cowboys have production to replace. The one guy that Head Coach Mike Gundy can rely on is running back Joseph Randle.
“Joseph has done very well for us. And he’s been durable. Not only a good runner inside but outside. He’s been a good receiver. He pass blocks well,” Gundy said.
In 2011, Randle rushed for 1248 yards and 24 touchdowns. If Oklahoma State wants to continue the offensive success they’ve had in the past, this seasons’ version of the Cowboys’ offense has to lean on Randle.
“Joseph has kind of established himself as a dominant back in this league,” Gundy added.
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