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  • OSU football notebook: Quarterback change doesn't hamper Kansas State

    By John Helsley Staff Writer | Published: Sat, Oct 3, 2015

    Kody Cook had done this before, shifting from wide receiver to quarterback to produce an inspiring performance. Back at community college. Three years ago. Now a fifth-year, former walk-on receiver for Kansas State, Cook moved back behind center Saturday when starter Joe Hubener was...

  • OSU football: Cowboys defense goes from imposters in 1st half to imposing its will in 2nd half vs. K-State

    By John Helsley Staff Writer | Published: Sat, Oct 3, 2015

    STILLWATER — Oklahoma State's defense went from looking like imposters in the first half Saturday, to imposing its will in the second half. The difference? Simple. Really. So the Cowboys said, after a rallying 36-34 win over Kansas State that saw the OSU defense mostly dominate the...

  • Live Coverage: OSU vs. Kansas State

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Fri, Oct 2, 2015

    Will the Cowboys offense regain its rhythm against the wounded Wildcats?

  • Oklahoma State football: Hubener latest in mold of K-State quarterbacks

    By John Helsley Staff Writer | Published: Thu, Oct 1, 2015

    Mirroring the Wildcats’ methodical attack, he’s not at all flashy. Just efficient. And effective.

  • OSU football notebook: OSU pondering in-stadium beer sales  

    By John Helsley, Staff Writer   | Published: Wed, Sep 30, 2015

    OSU officials are monitoring the circumstances in Austin and other venues where beer is sold in-stadium, and plan to discuss the possibility of beer sales at Boone Pickens Stadium following this season.

  • OSU football notebook: For K-State, OSU up first in rugged stretch

    By John Helsley, Staff Writer   | Published: Wed, Sep 30, 2015

    The No. 20 Cowboys represent a different kind of challenge. And it’s only the start, before Kansas State hosts No. 4 TCU and No. 15 Oklahoma the following two weeks. Like OSU, the Horned Frogs and Sooners are unbeaten.

  • OSU Football: Cowboys bring variety to their sack attacks     

    By John Helsley Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Sep 29, 2015

    STILLWATER — Emmanuel Ogbah drifted inside, drawing two Texas blockers with him and leaving the right half of the Longhorns line all but abandoned for the blitzing Ryan Simmons and Miketavius Jones. Jones, racing hard off the corner, overwhelmed Jerrod Heard, tossing the fleeing Texas...

  • OSU football notebook: Mason Rudolph shrugs off hand numbness

    By John Helsley and Darnell Mayberry, Staff Writers | Published: Mon, Sep 28, 2015

    Cowboys quarterback said numbness had nothing to do with mistakes

  • OSU football notebook: Longhorns left to regret penalties

    By John Helsley | Published: Sun, Sep 27, 2015

    Of OSU’s 27 first downs in the game, six came via penalty. And three came on the Cowboys “drive” to a tying field goal, including a controversial defensive holding call on an OSU run play, which led to an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on Texas coach Charlie Strong.


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 deep-rooted at an early age.

Mrs. Jackson, an English/Journalism teacher at Del City High, plucked him for the school paper, The Eagle Beacon, and John was hooked. While he detoured through a brief accounting career, John returned to college (Central Oklahoma) for a second degree and a second career that has seen him cover everything from the preps to the pros at The Oklahoman.

John lives in Edmond with his wife Roberta and two daughters, Sarah and Jillian, who are keeping the family tradition of cheering for the baseball team with the birds on the bat.

John Helsley, OSU football and basketball beat writer