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OSU football: What to watch at the Cowboys' spring finale

Plenty of eyes will be on the three quarterbacks, but the junior-college transfers and the backup cornerbacks are among the others to watch Saturday.
BY GINA MIZELL, Staff Writer, Published: April 20, 2012

Plenty of eyes will be on the three Oklahoma State starting quarterback contenders — junior Clint Chelf, redshirt freshman J.W. Walsh and true freshman Wes Lunt — when the Cowboys take the field Saturday for their spring finale at Boone Pickens Stadium.

That's to be expected when it's still unknown after 14 practices which guy will replace Brandon Weeden when the Cowboys open the season in September.

But here are five non-quarterback areas to watch in OSU's spring finale.

Junior-college transfers

Defensive tackle Calvin Barnett began the spring third on the depth chart but has, as expected, shot up to one of the starting spots.

The former star at Tulsa Washington and Under Armour All-American out of high school is nearly 300 pounds but also possesses the athletic ability to rush the passer. It should be a physical matchup between him and the Cowboy offensive line Saturday.

It's been more of an up-and-down road for tight end/inside receiver Blake Jackson so far this spring.

His build and athleticism — most notably his leaping ability — allows him to be a unique weapon in the passing game. But he's also had his fair share of drops and is still working on picking up the OSU offense.

Still, Jackson is an expected starter for the season-opener and will provide a big target to whoever wins the starting quarterback job.

Reshuffled wide receiving corps

It will be a lot of the same players on the field for the Cowboys — but many of them in new or increased roles as OSU tries to make up for the loss of Justin Blackmon, Josh Cooper, Anyiam, Colton Chelf and Michael Harrison.

Tracy Moore has moved from inside receiver to the outside. Josh Stewart is now a starter on the inside and expected to become a major playmaker in 2012.

Isaiah Anderson, who took over as a starter on the outside when Hubert Anyiam broke his foot last season, is really the only guy in the same exact position as last season.

Two under-the-radar receivers who made a noticeable impact this spring are redshirt freshman Torrance Carr on the inside and junior Charlie Moore on the outside.

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Oklahoma State Spring Football Finale

12:30 p.m. Saturday

Boone Pickens Stadium

Cost: $5 (includes ticket to OSU-Texas Tech baseball game at Reynolds Stadium at 2 p.m. Saturday); tickets available for purchase at south ticket window of Boone Pickens Stadium starting at 10:30 a.m. Saturday (cash only)

Parking: All campus lots near Boone Pickens Stadium, except for the lot just west of the stadium and the lot just north of Gallagher-Iba Arena, will be open to the public free of charge.

Radio: Game will be broadcast live on the Cowboy Radio Network starting at 12:15 p.m.

Noteworthy: There will be a 30-minute meet and greet with players following the game.


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