Oklahoma State football: James Castleman seeing a lot of good things on the defensive line

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.
by John Helsley Published: April 27, 2014

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?


by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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