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13 for '13 series: Calvin Barnett comes in at No. 6 on countdown of Oklahoma State's most important players

by Gina Mizell Modified: August 7, 2013 at 1:00 pm •  Published: August 5, 2013

Continuing our series looking at the 13 most important players for the 2013 Oklahoma State season.

No. 6: Calvin Barnett

We’re to the point on this countdown where one could argue Barnett deserves to be way higher on this list.

OSU coach Mike Gundy has said he’s finally comfortable with his defensive line talent and depth for the first time in his tenure as head coach. And that all starts with Barnett, a preseason All-Big 12 selection after being named the conference’s Defensive Newcomer of the Year in 2012.

Barnett was as good as advertised in his first OSU season after transferring from Navarro Junior College in 2012. His stats weren’t exactly eye-popping, as he tallied 30 tackles (eight for loss), one sack, four quarterback hurries and one pass breakup. But he was consistently a disruptive force in plugging the middle of the Cowboy defensive line.

Barnett evolved physically and emotionally last season, surviving Rob Glass’ strength and conditioning program and working through early troubles with personal foul penalties. Now with another winter, spring and summer in the program under his belt, Barnett will enter 2013 as a needed veteran on a line that will feature a fair amount of youth and inexperience at the end spots. And if the Cowboys really want to play a more aggressive style of defense in 2013, that has to start up front.

A reasonable expectation for Barnett? To become the Big 12′s most dominant defensive lineman.

Here’s our countdown so far:

Here’s our countdown so far:
13. Jake Jenkins, center
12. J.W. Walsh, quarterback
11. Shaun Lewis, linebacker
10. Blake Jackson, inside receiver
9. Tyler Johnson, defensive end
8. Lyndell Johnson, strong safety
7. Tracy Moore, wide receiver
6. Calvin Barnett, defensive tackle


by Gina Mizell
OSU Sports Reporter
Gina Mizell joined The Oklahoman in August of 2011 as the Oklahoma State beat writer, where she covered the Cowboys' historic run to the Big 12 championship and Fiesta Bowl in her first season on the job. Before arriving in Stillwater, Gina was...
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