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Joseph David Randle (born December 29, 1991) is a former American football running back in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys. He was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the fifth round of the 2013 NFL Draft. He played college football at Oklahoma State University.

Joseph Randle
No. 21
Position:Running back
Personal information
Born: (1991-12-29) December 29, 1991 (age 27)
Wichita, Kansas
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High school:Wichita Southeast (KS)
College:Oklahoma State
NFL Draft:2013 / Round: 5 / Pick: 151
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Rushing yards:822
Rushing average:4.5
Rushing touchdowns:9
Receiving yards:170
Receiving touchdowns:0
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR


Early yearsEdit

Randle attended Wichita Southeast High School in Wichita, Kansas, where he played football and ran track. As a junior, he was an All-metro and All-league performer. As a senior, he rushed for 1,200 yards and 12 touchdowns, receiving first-team All-state on defense, second-team All-state on offense and All-league homors. In his high school career he rushed for over 3,600 yards.

Also a standout track & field athlete, Randle participated in the sprinting events and was a state qualifier in the long jump and triple jump. At the 2009 Jock's Nitch/PSU Gorilla Relays, he ran the 400-meter dash in a PR 57.02 seconds on his way to an 11th-place finish.[1] He recorded a career-best leap of 6.65 meters in the long jump at the 2010 North East Track Classic, where he took silver. He also earned a second-place finish in the triple jump at the 2010 KSHSAA 6A Regional, with a leap of 13.55 meters.[2]

Considered a four-star recruit by, Randle was rated as the 25th best running back in the nation.[3] He accepted a scholarship to Oklahoma State.

College careerEdit

Randle accepted a football scholarship from Oklahoma State University. As a freshman in 2010, he was a backup behind Kendall Hunter, making 82 carries for 452 yards, 2 rushing touchdowns, 37 receptions (fourth on the team) for 427 yards (fourth on the team) and one receiving touchdown.

As a sophomore in 2011, he was named the regular starter at running back, he had 208 carries for 1,216 yards, 24 rushing touchdowns, 43 receptions (fourth on the team) for 266 yards, 2 receiving touchdowns and was named All-Big 12.[4] The 24 rushing touchdowns were second most in school history, behind College Football Hall of Famer Barry Sanders who had 37 in 1989. He rushed for 152 yards and 4 touchdowns against Baylor University.

As a junior in 2012, he was the Big-12 Conference's leading rusher with 1,417 yards, scored 14 touchdowns and earned first-team All-conference honors. He declared for the NFL Draft after the season.

Career Statistics

Year G Rushing Receiving Kick Returns
Att Gain Avg TD Long Avg/G Rec Yards Avg TD Long Avg/G No. Yards Avg TD Long
2010 13 82 452 5.5 2 39 34.8 37 427 11.5 1 38 7.5 11 282 25.6 0 40
2011 13 208 1,216 5.8 24 62 93.5 43 266 6.2 2 63 19.1 0 0 0.0 0 0
2012 13 274 1,417 5.2 14 69 109.0 28 224 8.0 0 21 12.8 0 0 0.0 0 0
Total* 39 564 3,085 5.5 40 69 79.1 108 917 8.5 3 63 13.3 11 282 25.6 0 40

Professional careerEdit

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad Wonderlic
6 ft 0 in
(1.83 m)
210 lb
(95 kg)
4.52 s 1.57 s 2.67 s 4.23 s 7.01 s 35 in
(0.89 m)
10 ft 3 in
(3.12 m)
Values from NFL Combine and Pro Day#Pro Day.[5]

Randle was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the fifth round (151st overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft.[6] He served as the backup running back for Pro Bowler DeMarco Murray and had a chance to start two games when Murray was injured. He finished his rookie season with 164 rushing yards and two touchdowns.

The next year, he was named the backup to Murray over Lance Dunbar. He finished the 2014 season with 51 carries, 343 yards and 3 touchdowns. His 6.7-yard rushing average would have ranked first in the league among running backs and second to the 7.1-yard average posted by quarterback Russell Wilson, but his 51 rushing attempts were not enough to qualify.

In 2015, he was named the starter after Murray left in free agency. He started the first 6 games, until suffering a strained oblique and being substituted against the New York Giants by Darren McFadden, who ran for 152 yards on 29 carries. On October 28, he was demoted to a reserve role and left the team's facility after learning the news and also being faced with a possible suspension by the league.[7] On November 3, he was waived with the Cowboys mentioning that the main reason was to deal with an unspecified personal issue. On November 10, he was officially suspended 4 games for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy.[8] He led the team with four rushing touchdowns for the season, even though he only played in 6 games.

Legal troubleEdit

On October 13, 2014, Randle was arrested at Dillard's department store in Frisco, Texas and later released on bond for Class B Theft of men's underwear and cologne valued between $50-$500.[9] In July 2015, it was announced that Randle was put on 180 days of deferred adjudication probation, and that the theft charge could be set aside upon successful completion of probation.[10]

On February 4, 2015, Randle was arrested in Kansas around 3:00 a.m. by Wichita Police for unlawful possession of marijuana. Officers showed up to the hotel where Randle was renting a room after receiving a report of domestic violence with a weapon. Police found Randle and a 22-year-old woman at the hotel and observed marijuana in the room. Randle was issued a notice to appear in front of a judge, but was not booked nor was a mug shot taken. In April 2015, the Wichita District Attorney's office announced that Randle would not face any charges, citing a lack of evidence.[11]

On November 24, 2015, Randle was arrested at Kansas Star Casino in Mulvane, Kansas. Randle was allegedly drunk and had been asked to leave. While being escorted out, Randle spat on the floor and assaulted the casino security guards. His bond was set at $25,000.

On February 1, 2016, Randle was arrested at a home in Irving, Texas for an outstanding warrant for speeding. Bail was set at $359. This arrest took place approximately one week after Randle had been in court for his previous November 2015 arrest.[12]

On February 21, 2016, Randle was arrested in Wichita, Kansas for aggravated battery, possession of drugs and criminal damage to property.[13] During his first court appearance, Randle said that he could not afford a lawyer or bail and requested his bail to lowered to $5,000 from the current $100,000 so he could be released and continue working out to sign with another team. The judge denied his request. Randle was ordered to be held at the Sedgwick County jail in Wichita on four counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, criminal destruction of property, and possession of hallucinogenics/marijuana.[14] Randle was released on bond on March 3, 2016; however, his bond was rescinded three days later due to a failure to appear in court. Randle was then held on $150,000 bond for failure to appear and interference with law enforcement.[15]

On February 9, 2017, Randle was arrested on charges of aggravated battery and disorderly conduct stemming from an altercation in a Kansas jail.[16]

On April 22, 2017, Randle was convicted by a jury of aggravated battery, aggravated burglary, criminal threat and possession of marijuana. The jury also acquitted him of one count of aggravated battery. The jury was also hung on two other counts of aggravated battery and one count of criminal damage to property. Prosecutors will decide the following week if they want to retry Randle for the counts the jury was hung on.[17]

On September 7, 2018, Randle was arrested on a suspicion of rape charge in his hometown of Wichita.[18]

Personal lifeEdit

His older brother, John, was a running back for the University of Kansas in 2003 and 2004.[19]


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  2. ^ "F 100 Meter Hurdles - Finals". Retrieved January 3, 2018.
  3. ^ "Joseph Randle". Retrieved January 3, 2018.
  4. ^ "2011 Football All-Big 12 Awards Announced". Retrieved January 3, 2018.
  5. ^ "Joseph Randle, DS #9 RB, Oklahoma State". Retrieved January 3, 2018.
  6. ^ "Cowboys add depth at RB with Randle". ESPN. Retrieved January 3, 2018.
  7. ^ "More going on with Joseph Randle than losing starting job". Retrieved January 3, 2018.
  8. ^ "NFL suspends Joseph Randle for violating conduct policy". Retrieved January 3, 2018.
  9. ^ "Randle arrested for shoplifting". Retrieved January 3, 2018.
  10. ^ "Cowboys RB Joseph Randle gets deferred adjudication in theft case". Retrieved July 24, 2018.
  11. ^ "Cowboys RB Joseph Randle will not face any charges in domestic dispute". Retrieved July 24, 2018.
  12. ^ "Former Dallas Cowboy Joseph Randle arrested in Texas". Retrieved September 7, 2018.
  13. ^ "Joseph Randle arrested in Sedgwick County". Archived from the original on February 24, 2016.
  14. ^ "Ex-Cowboys RB Joseph Randle stuck in jail, says he can't afford bail". Retrieved September 7, 2018.
  15. ^ "Joseph Randle arrested for failure to appear in court". Retrieved September 7, 2018.
  16. ^ "Ex-Cowboy Randle charged in inmate assault". Retrieved September 7, 2018.
  17. ^ "Ex-Cowboy Randle convicted of four charges; jury hung on others". Retrieved September 7, 2018.
  18. ^ "Former Dallas Cowboys RB Joseph Randle charged with suspicion of rape". Retrieved September 7, 2018.
  19. ^ "Oklahoma State football: Randle brothers mirror each other in many ways". Retrieved January 3, 2018.

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