I wrote about Oklahoma State’s linebackers for today’s paper–a deep group that returns all three starters and several young backups with plenty of speed, athleticism and potential.
One of those starters back is, of course, Alex Elkins. But you could also put him in the “potential” category, because of his inexperience with football.
Who did he most learn from in his first season at OSU? His mate on the outside, Shaun Lewis.
“I heard about Shaun Lewis before I got here—the freshman sensation, the All-American freshman,” Elkins said. “I guess I watched him on film a lot when I was supposed to be watching my position, just to see what his habits were and what made him so great.
“He’s just a very special player and I really enjoyed watching him play. I still do it sometimes, but I don’t like to tell him, because we try not to do that to each other. We try to keep each other humble.”
Linebackers coach Glenn Spencer talked last week about how the talent of a young backup like Ryan Simmons has made starter Caleb Lavey better. Elkins said that’s the case for the whole group.
“They’re monsters on the field,” Elkins said. “Playing around those guys really hypes me up. Being able to be around guys with such talent–Caleb Lavey, Ryan Simmons, Shaun Lewis, of course–just being able to play around those guys has helped elevate my level, and hopefully I do the same for them.”