Spring practice is in full swing and there are plenty of opportunities to earn a spot on the defensive side of the ball. Oklahoma State is looking to replace nine starters on defense but the Pokes have some talented youngsters on that side of the ball. Here are three names on the defensive side of the ball to keep an eye on:
LB Joe Mitchell: After NCAA clearinghouse issues forced him to return to Katy, Texas last fall, Mitchell returned this spring and has impressed early with his size (6-3, 215) and athletic ability. He is battling James Thomas to replace Andre Sexton at the “Star” linebacker position. If Mitchell can emerge as a contributor at the position this spring, it could help solidify a linebacker corps that must replace three senior starters.
CB Andrae May: The sophomore had his redshirt removed late last season due in part to the injuries at the corner position. May needs to put on some pounds but played well in his limited action in 2009. He entered the spring as a starter and he needs use the opportunity to secure a starting spot and leave no doubt that he is going to turn his potential into production during his second year on campus.
S Daytawion Lowe: Lowe contributed on special teams as a true freshman, playing his way out of a redshirt season. And by all accounts, Lowe is a future leader on the defensive side of the ball. He plays one of OSU’s deepest positions but will likely find his way on the field under Bill Young, who makes it a priority to get his top 11 players on the field. With fellow safety Victor Johnson overcoming his knee injury, this spring will be a key time for Lowe to improve and try to earn a spot on OSU’s defense.