One of the most hotly debated topics of the offseason has been the Oklahoma State running game. Yes, the offensive line dominated that conversation, but the running back group carries its’ own intrigue as well. Chris Carson is back and hungry, Barry J. Sanders brings lots of Division 1 experience, and Rennie Childs is looking to end his Oklahoma State career with a bang.
Those are the names we’ve been hearing the most about throughout the offseason, but someone you may not know about could end up crashing the party. Justice Hill, the true freshman running back out of Booker T. Washington High School in Tulsa, has impressed coaches all summer long.
During his senior year, Hill rushed for 1938 yards and 32 touchdowns on 196 carries. Hill already has Division 1 size at 5’10" and 185 lbs. Couple that potential with a lack of returning production, and the starting running back position could be ripe for the taking. Check out what Robert Allen said about Hill last week in practice:
"I’m beginning to feel that freshman Justice Hill may open as the starter, and there is no doubt that he has impressed he coaches and his teammates. He came into the program ready to work his tail off, he did, and it has shown up."
With a talent like Hill waiting in the wings, Gundy and Co. have an important decision to make. Should they redshirt Hill, and turn over the starting job to him next season?
Or, is he too good to keep off the field, especially in a rotation that needs a boost? Thankfully, we won’t have a long time to wait with the season beginning in just 11 short days.