Runningback Joseph Randle #1 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys is tackled by safety Marquis Flowers #2 of the Arizona Wildcats during the college football game at Arizona Stadium on September 8, 2012 in Tucson, Arizona.
The Dallas Cowboys have taken Oklahoma State running back Joseph Randle in the fifth round of the NFL draft, addressing the need for a backup to DeMarco Murray.
Randle, who had consecutive 1,000-yard seasons before skipping his senior year to turn pro, was taken 151st overall Saturday.
The Cowboys needed a backup for the injury-prone Murray after not re-signing Felix Jones, their top pick in 2008.
The 6-foot, 202-pound Randle rushed for 3,085 career yards and 40 touchdowns, including 24 scores in 2011 when he finished second to Barry Sanders in single-season points in school history with 156.
Murray emerged as the starter when he was a rookie but has missed nine games in two seasons with ankle and foot injuries.