Oklahoma State hopes the Cowboys’ first three games have prepared their cornerbacks for what they will face when Texas A&M comes to town on Thursday. The Aggies will bring fast, talented receivers to Stillwater.
OSU will need their true freshmen corners, particularly Devin Hedgepeth and Justin Gilbert, to hold up against the Aggies and preseason Big 12 offensive player of the year Jerrod Johnson.
Cowboys cornerback coach Jason Jones feels much better about his true freshmen today than he did before the season started. Jones knows how his youngsters will react in game situations and he’s confident they will battle back after any setbacks on Thursday.
“(If feel) a lot better,” Jones said. “You never know how young guys are going to respond when you get in a game in front of 60,000 or when he gets tired or if a coordinator is picking on him. To see them respond and continue to fight is encouraging.”
One of the best developments of OSU’s blowout wins over Washington State and Tulsa was the chance to get those freshmen plenty of reps before conference play opens.
“From a reps standpoint I feel better than I thought I would have through three games,” coach Mike Gundy said. “Those guys have gotten more quality experience than I would have thought they would be able to get.”