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Oklahoma State RB Coach John Wozniak Talks Justice Hill’s Best Moves

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When we sat down with Oklahoma State running backs coach John Wozniak this week, we talked about the usual stuff he’s asked about. Depth, J.D. King’s weight room power and how Chuba Hubbard went from track star hero to possible future piece to a Big 12 championship-sized puzzle.

Then I asked him what prize tailback Justice Hill does better than anybody else in the country.

“His balance body control, his agility, the ability to make people miss in space, that all works together,” said Wozniak. “His foot quickness is elite. I haven’t been around a guy who can do that. I’ve been around bigger guys and probably straight-line faster guys, but just that overall package of his ability to laterally move and still keep his balance … ”

What really lit him up, though, was when we started discussing Justice’s best moves. I only had to toss a couple of them out there — the ones that I could recall off the top of my head — and it was off to the races.

“He scored on two jump cuts from about 15 yards out at Pitt,” said Wozniak. “That one is really special.”

Oh I remember!

“That one against Tulsa was really good,” he added. “He’s got a tremendous jump cut. He can laterally go. He doesn’t just stop and move sideways, he can accelerate forward too. He’s really good with that burst after the cut.”

Yes he is!

“He had a bunch against Oklahoma that stand out,” said Wozniak. “Those are more physical ones. I don’t know how he does that, but he just keeps doing it. It’s impressive.”

It really is!

Again: Best player on the field in a game with the No. 1 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. I will never get over that (nor will I get over the non-fumble or overthrown ball to Tyron).

But back to Wozniak. The conversation naturally led to Justice’s place among OSU’s all-timers, and how having great backs allows you to recruit with a loaded-up portfolio.

“It’s a pretty cool thing,” said Wozniak. “You got some things that would attract running backs here. There’s been a proven recipe from coach Gundy playing with Barry and Thurman all the way until now.

“There’s not a lot of starting running backs here that haven’t gone on to the NFL. I can’t think of one. Joe Randle, Chris Carson, Kendall Hunter. Just go right down the line for the last 10-15 years and all the way back to Barry and Thurman.

“If you’re a real dude here, you’re going to be a dude in the NFL.”

Justice Hill: Real dude here. Will be a real dude in the NFL.

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