Family ties abound for those in OSU's football program
BY KELLY HINES World Sports Writer
Sunday, August 19, 2012
8/19/12 at 6:33 AM
2012 College Football
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Koenig trying to live up to brothers' accomplishments with Cowboys
Sophomore Daniel Koenig is battling for a starting spot on the Oklahoma State offensive line, where brothers Doug (1999-2003) and David (2003-07) also played.
"It's really hard (following them) because they have accomplished so much here," Koenig said. "I just have to keep working."
Daniel received more than a dozen offers coming out of Cape Coral, Fla.
"My brothers never pushed me (to OSU)," he said. "My mom and dad never pushed me. It was just that I felt right here."
Wives, children take over team training table on Wednesday night
On Wednesday nights, the families of the OSU coaching staff are welcome to eat dinner with the team at the training table. For coach Mike Gundy and his nine assistants, that includes about 20 kids under the age of 18.
"We've been at other schools, but it's different coming here," said Kysha Jones, wife of cornerbacks coach Jason Jones. "We feel welcome. Coach (Mike) Gundy does a really good job of incorporating families."
Family keeps Randle close to home
For Cowboys running back Joseph Randle, the decision to come to Stillwater was about family.
"Family to me is everything. Without my family, I wouldn't be in the situation I am now," Randle said. "I love them just as much as they love me. ... You can tell I care about family because I chose here. This is the closest D-1 to my house (in Wichita, Kan.), so they can come to all the games and practices if they want to."
The Koenig brothers (Daniel, center, with Doug,
left, and David) are seen in this photo taken about
10 years ago. Koenig family/Courtesy
The Jones family: Andrew (left), Kysha, Jace
and Jason Oklahoma State/Courtesy
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