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'It's going to be fun': Brown excited for running back core

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K-State's Kiondre Thomas tackles Oklahoma State's LD Brown at Bill Snyder Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kansas on November 7, 2020.

Shake and sugar.

Offensive lineman Josh Sills said the Oklahoma State backfield has depth to it, and each running back has their own uniqueness. Or as he calls it, shake and sugar.

“That is just, in my opinion, the most impressive running back room in the country,” Sills said. “They’re all really quick.”

Chuba Hubbard departed for the NFL Draft this offseason, but LD Brown returned for his sixth season. Late season standouts Dezmon Jackson, who rushed for 235 yards and three touchdowns against Texas Tech, and Dominic Richardson, who rushed for 169 yards and three touchdowns against Baylor, also returned.

The Cowboys also added Jaylen Warren, a senior transfer from Utah State this offseason. Brown said Warren has fit well with OSU’s team chemistry.

“It was just like he had been here (since) day one,” Brown said. “He’s Samoan, and those guys are pretty easy guys to get along with. It’s easy to get along with him.”

Brown said the four running backs are experienced and confident in making plays.

“We’ve all got each other’s back so it’s fun,” Brown said. “We’ve got depth and we know we can count on each other so we’re looking forward to it.”

With the crowded backfield, OSU has been creative. Brown said he has been working out of the slot this spring and enjoys it. He said wide receivers Brennan Presly and Braydon Johnson have helped him with his footwork.

The Cowboys have developed a personnel group with two running backs on the field. One is in the backfield, the other in the slot.

 Brown said he wants his durability to get better. He said having four running backs makes that easy.

“That takes a lot of pressure off,” Brown said. “Knowing you don’t have to be a workhorse, 25 to 30 carries. Just knowing that a guy that’s coming back in, that you’re not really losing too much when you come off the field.”

Brown missed three games last season with an undisclosed injury. Because of this, he said staying healthy is his No. 1 priority. He said he wants to show what he is capable of doing.

“That’s the most violent position to play at our level in my opinion,” coach Mike Gundy said. “So this gives a little depth and it should allow them to stay healthier longer throughout the season.”

Gundy said LD Brown has leadership needed on the team. HE said Brown has played in big games and national TV and understands what it takes to be successful.

“There’s no substitute for experience, there’s no substitute for toughness and there’s no substitute for leadership,” Gundy said. “We can’t coach that. In order for us to instill discipline, toughness and leadership it takes time. It takes years.”

Brown said this season, he just wants to stay healthy.

“Showing I can do that all year that’s the goal, that’s the next step. Staying healthy and making plays and helping my team win.

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