“I expect him to compete for a starting job,” Gundy said. “We rotate those safeties in and I'm sure Johnny (Thomas) and Markelle (Martin) would like for him to cut their reps down.”
After one of the most difficult years of his life watching the Pokes from the sidelines, Lowe doesn't care where he lines up in the secondary.
“I don't even know how to put it into words; I'm going hard,” Lowe said of his excitement to return to the field. “I'll play anywhere; I just want to make plays.”
Most of all, he wants to join Thomas and Martin as players who set a physical tone for the Pokes defense from their safety position.
“I'm ready to go hit somebody,” Lowe said. “I haven't hit anybody in a year; it's about that time.”
IN SAFE HANDS
Here's a closer look at Oklahoma State's safeties:
Number, Name, Ht, Wt, Class, Hometown
* 10, Markelle Martin, 6-1, 192, Sr., Wichita Fall, Texas
One of the Big 12's top safeties, Martin will be one of the leaders of the defense.
* 12, Johnny Thomas, 5-11, 196, Sr., Texas City, Texas
One of the most pleasant surprises of 2010, Thomas could be even better as a senior.
* 8, Daytawion Lowe, 6-0, 188, So., Midwest City
Slated to be the Cowboys' starting nickelback after missing the 2010 season.
* 2, Lavocheya Cooper, 6-0, 187, So., Arp, Texas
Very talented, this spring will be an opportunity for Cooper to secure a spot in the rotation.
* 23, Zack Craig, 6-2, 188, So., Spring Branch, Texas
Solid contributor on special teams as a true freshman. Another versatile safety prospect.
* 28, Deion Imade, 5-11, 191, So., Rowlett, Texas
Imade impressed as soon as he stepped on campus as a true freshman.