Oklahoma State’s 21-20 win over Boise State on Saturday night was a breakout game for Cowboy running back Jaylen Warren. After trailing 10-0 in the first quarter, the Utah State transfer broke loose for a 75-yard touchdown run to get the Cowboys on the scoreboard, and he finished the game with 32 carries for 218 yards and 2 touchdowns. His efforts did not go unnoticed, and as a result, he was selected as this week’s Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week as well as the Big 12’s Newcomer of the Week.
Warren entered the season as one of 4 running backs deemed worthy enough to receive playing time, but by the end of week 2, it was obvious that he was breaking away from the pack. Saturday night’s game was Warren’s first start as a Cowboy, and his performance against the Broncos cemented the fact that he is at the top of the depth chart. As such, he should receive the majority of carries moving forward, which is great news for Oklahoma State’s run game.
Through 3 games, Warren has an impressive 5.1 yard per carry average with 52 carries and 264 yards. He’s also scored 4 touchdowns, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him finding the end zone more and more often as the season moves forward.
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