Smith ready to carry load at Oklahoma State

CREATED Aug. 9, 2013

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STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) - Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy has made no secret that he has high expectations for Jeremy Smith as the team's top running back this season.

The fifth-year senior will finally get his chance to be the Cowboys' featured back, thanks to Joseph Randle's decision to leave Oklahoma State after his junior season and enter the NFL Draft.

Smith hasn't gained more than 646 yards in a season, but he has a career average of 6.2 yards per carry and his 25 career rushing touchdowns rank ninth in Oklahoma State history. He plans to add to that now that he's been named the starter.

Injuries, however, have hampered Smith during his career and he had the misfortune of playing behind a pair of 1,000-yard rushers in Randle and Kendall Hunter.

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