Is Mike Gundy Considering Starting a True Freshman at Running Back?

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. There’s been a lot of chatter this fall with how impressive a certain freshman back from Tulsa has looked in camp. His name is Justice Hill, and it was originally assumed he might even redshirt in 2016, despite a very strong senior high school season.Hill ran roughshod all over the competition his senior year, running for 1,948 yards and 32 touchdowns. His impressive year carried over into the summer and fall in Stillwater, and the newcomer from Booker T. Washington High School looks hungry for carries, even as a freshman.The backfield is certainly crowded, with returning backs Chris Carson, Rennie Childs, and Jeff Carr in the fold, as well as senior transfer Barry J. Sanders. But Hill is standing out in the group, and the coaches have been raving about his attitude and work ethic for a first-year back. Robert Allen has even suggested he could steal the starting spot from the others.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.Mike Gundy is notoriously high on “trust” in regards to playing time. He loves reliable, steady players that have proven themselves on game day so the chatter around Hill starting as a true freshman is especially surprising. But Hill’s hard work is paying off, and he brings a well-balanced skillset to the table.Hill is listed at just 5’10 and 185 lbs., but runs low to the ground and is very difficult to bring down. Hill also possesses track-star speed and is dangerous both running between the tackles and on the outside.He probably will need to gain another 10-15 pounds going forward if he aspires to be the every-down back for Oklahoma State. But recent history proves that Gundy will give at least some carries to undersized freshman backs. After all Jeff Carr racked up 789 all-purpose yards as a freshman a year ago in a similarly crowded crew of running backs.Whether he starts in 2016 or not, Justice Hill is a name that Oklahoma State fans get used to hearing over in the coming years.last_img read more