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Oklahoma State football: Three story lines to watch at OSU's spring finale

The Cowboys' offensive speed and defensive aggressiveness are among the story lines for Saturday's scrimmage.
BY GINA MIZELL, Staff Writer, Published: April 19, 2013

STILLWATER — Quarterbacks Clint Chelf, J.W. Walsh and Wes Lunt will again be at the center of Oklahoma State's spring finale Saturday afternoon at Boone Pickens Stadium.

Here are three other story lines to watch as the Cowboys conclude spring drills.

1. Offensive speed: This appears to be new coordinator Mike Yurcich's biggest imprint so far. Oklahoma State's Air Raid spread offense already operating at a no-huddle, rapid pace. But running back Jeremy Smith said this week the Cowboys are now going “Lamborghini fast.” Keep an eye on those scrimmage officials. They might be a little bit winded by the end of the day.

2. Defensive aggressiveness: Under new coordinator Glenn Spencer, players and coaches have vowed all spring that the Cowboys will play tighter coverage and get more pressure on the quarterback. With Justin Gilbert hoping for a bounce-back season and plenty of newcomers at defensive end, how this unit matches up against OSU's explosive offense could be an indicator of how it will play against the rest of the Big 12.

3. Position battles: Kevin Peterson and Ashton Lampkin are pushing to replace Brodrick Brown at cornerback. Lyndell Johnson has given Shamiel Gary serious competition at strong safety. Trace Clark, Jimmy Bean, Emmanuel Ogbah and Sam Wren should rotate at defensive end. And who will punt and kick?


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