Oklahoma State football: A look at key positions where newcomers could see playing time

Newcomer Colby Hegewood will likely compete for immediate playing time this fall, and he's not the only one. Here are some key positions that will need the most help from newcomers.
by Gina Mizell Published: May 5, 2013
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photo - Martin kicker Ben Grogan (14) kicks off against Sam Houston in high school football action at Cravens Field in Arlington, Texas Friday night, November 2, 2012.   (Brad Loper/The Dallas Morning News) ORG XMIT: DMN1211022145410649
Martin kicker Ben Grogan (14) kicks off against Sam Houston in high school football action at Cravens Field in Arlington, Texas Friday night, November 2, 2012. (Brad Loper/The Dallas Morning News) ORG XMIT: DMN1211022145410649

Don't be surprised if one of them gets a fair amount of playing time as the No. 3 back in 2013. Childs is particularly intriguing as a player who changed to a more powerful running style as a senior and nearly rushed for 2,000 yards.

Offensive line

The addition of Hegewood shows that the Cowboys need immediate help along the line after the departures of Lane Taylor, Evan Epstein and Jonathan Rush.

Every backup on the post-spring depth chart — Michael Wilson, Paul Lewis, Zac Veatch, Brandon Garrett and Chris Grisbhy — is in their first or second year of the program. And only Grisbhy has seen the field at this level.

That likely lends itself to competition, meaning the five additional linemen coming in the fall — Zachary Crabtree, Jack Kurzu, Jesse Robinson, Jaxon Salinas and Hegewood — should get a good look during camp.

Wide receiver

This isn't exactly a position in need of depth, with the Cowboys' top four receivers returning, Tracy Moore back from a serious ankle injury and youngsters like Brandon Sheperd and Jhajuan Seales ready to contribute.

But Marcell Ateman and Ra'Shaad Samples are arguably OSU's top two signees in the 2013 class. They're likely to play right away.

At 6-4 and 190 pounds, Ateman brings more size as an outside receiver, while Samples, the son of a legendary high school coach in Texas, brings immense knowledge of the game and plenty of speed.


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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