Oklahoma State graduate assistants used in key roles
Many think of graduate assistants as guys in their early 20s who cut up film and do nothing more than behind-the-scenes work for a college football program.
That certainly isn’t true at Oklahoma State.
GA Ty Linder has taken on many of the responsibilities usually assigned to a special teams coordinator. And with Bill Young currently away from the team while recovering from an undisclosed medical procedure, GA Jermial Ashley has been coaching the defensive linemen during practice.
OSU coach Mike Gundy said the mold of the grad assistant has changed in recent years. Specifically, they’re older. Linder and Ashley are both closer to 30 years old than 22 and have spent the past few seasons coaching.
Before arriving at OSU, Linder was a member of the Texas Tech staff for four seasons and spent the last two working with the tight ends and special teams. Ashley played for Young at Kansas and is in his third season working with the defensive linemen.
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