James Castleman jumped into action on the Oklahoma State defensive line as a true freshman and has grown into a force up front, making 25 starts over the past two seasons.
Entering his senior year, the Amarillo (Texas) product is a major reason there’s optimism that a strong defensive line can provide an anchor to a rebuilding defense.
There’s a lot of talk about the defensive line emerging as the strength of the overall defense. How nice is that?
I mean, it’s nice to know that. I’m not really used to it. People usually talk down on the defense. What I hope is that people still do talk down on the defense. It feels good being able to be the underdog and prove people wrong.
If a defense is going to have a strength, the line is a good place to start?
Yes it is. I see a lot of good things. We’ve got Ofa (Hautau) and I in the middle, so we get a good push. And our defensive ends on the outside are getting faster and faster every day, learning how to use their hands and get around blocks and stuff. So I feel like our D-line is getting better and better all the time.
As you enter your senior season, what’s different about your game?