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More Oklahoma State football position switches: Parker Graham from tackle to guard, Ryan Simmons from middle to outside linebacker

by Gina Mizell Modified: April 22, 2013 at 6:30 pm •  Published: March 28, 2013

Oklahoma State’s Lyndell Johnson made news earlier this week when Cowboy coach Mike Gundy confirmed Johnson had been moved from outside linebacker to safety.

But he’s not the only Cowboy adjusting to a new position this spring.

Offensive lineman Parker Graham, who was the starting left tackle last season, is moving inside to guard, while Ryan Simmons, the backup middle linebacker in 2012, has moved to the “WILL” (weakside) outside linebacker spot.

OSU had a bit of a logjam at tackle, with Graham, Daniel Koenig and Devin Davis all ready to start. So Graham, who’s already switched from right to left tackle during his OSU career, made another change.

“Coach (Joe) Wickline has a lot of faith in me and I’ve really enjoyed it,” Graham said. “I only have a few places to go, it’s not like tackle where I have different places to go. It’s a lot of fun too because I’m so long and I can use that to my advantage.”

Simmons’ move allows one of OSU’s top young players to put himself in position to start as a sophomore. Had he stayed in the middle, he would have been behind senior Caleb Lavey again. By shifting to Alex Elkins’ old spot, he’s already listed No. 1 on the depth chart.

“I’m more with receivers now,” Simmons said of his biggest adjustment. “This is a challenge, because I have to work on my man techniques more than I was at the ‘MIKE’ (middle) linebacker. I’m more in space a little bit. I just have to be more confident in my scheme and just make sure I can me manned up with receivers and get my job done in the box as well.”

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by Gina Mizell
OSU Sports Reporter
Gina Mizell joined The Oklahoman in August of 2011 as the Oklahoma State beat writer, where she covered the Cowboys' historic run to the Big 12 championship and Fiesta Bowl in her first season on the job. Before arriving in Stillwater, Gina was...
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