Through four games, nine true freshmen have played for OSU: quarterback Wes Lunt, cornerbacks Kevin Peterson and Ashton Lampkin, receivers C.J. Curry, Brandon Sheperd, Blake Webb and Austin Hays, defensive end Trace Clark and running back/returner Caleb Muncrief.
That means the other 10 true freshman members of the Cowboys' 2012 signing class are likely on track to redshirt, barring injuries or other unforeseen circumstances.
OSU signed 24 players in February, including three junior college transfers — defensive tackle Calvin Barnett, inside receiver Blake Jackson and offensive lineman Chris Grisbhy. Receiver Jesse Vester ended up at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M after he did not qualify at OSU, and offensive lineman Greg Brantley left the team during the preseason for personal reasons.
The freshmen breakdown:
*Played in all four games: Peterson and Lampkin.
*Played in three games: Lunt, Webb, Clark, Muncrief.
*Played in two games: Sheperd, Curry.
*Played in one game: Hays.
*Have yet to play: DE Eric Davis, DE Victor Irokansi, LB Seth Jacobs, OL Paul Lewis, DE Emmanuel Ogbah, FB Dominic Ramacher, WR Jhajuan Seales, LB Jeremiah Tshimanga (season-ending knee injury), OL Zach Veatch and OL Michael Wilson.
GUNDY WANTS RANDLE'S EYES OF TEXAS REGULARLY
Cowboys running back Joseph Randle ran for a career-best 199 yards against Texas and admitted afterward to being on edge for the matchup.
OSU coach Mike Gundy said now he's looking for that same edge on a weekly basis.
“Joseph played with some fire and had that look in his eye,” Gundy said. “We actually had a conversation with him … that's the way he has to play every game. It's Texas and it's national TV and everybody's watching you, but the good players, the one's who really want to make a difference, they have to do it against every team we play each week. You've got to find a way to motivate yourself.
“I'm hoping that's the future for Joseph.”
TIME OFF ALLOWS WALSH PACKAGE TO EXPAND
Against Texas, quarterback J.W. Walsh worked pretty much within a comfort zone package of plays designed to accentuate his strengths.
The playlist featured a heavy dose of Cowboys run game, some of Walsh's own running and intermediate passes focused on the middle of the field. The extra time leading up to next week's game at Kansas will involve expanding Walsh's playbook, said offensive coordinator Todd Monken, although the additions won't be automatic come game time.
“It's much easier to dabble a little if you're winning and things are going good,” Monken said. “What are you going to do if it's always close? Well, you've got to run what's in his wheelhouse.
“If we're up a couple of scores, maybe you can jack around a little.”
OPPONENT WATCH: KANSAS
The Kansas Jayhawks have seen their future — at least a wishful feature — and it looks like …
Jayhawks coach Charlie Weis understands the rivalry and the disdain the two schools hold for each other, yet he sees K-State and admits admiration.
“I don't want every Kansas fan to be mad at me,” Weis told reporters this week, “but it's a pretty good role model.”
Weis and the Jayhawks, who host OSU next week, get a close-up look at the Wildcats Saturday.
K-State won't necessarily be good preparation for the Cowboys, since the 'Cats ride the running of quarterback Collin Klein, a contrast to OSU's spread passing attack.