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Oklahoma State football: A look at potential defensive replacements

OSU’s defense must replace seven senior starters and more, with several other key backups also missing from a year ago. Here’s a look at the credentials of the candidates.
by John Helsley Published: March 29, 2014
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OSU’s defense must replace seven senior starters and more, with several other key backups also missing from a year ago.

Sounds daunting.

So, who’s next?

A look at the credentials of the candidates:

Likely starters

DE Sam Wren, 6-2, 255, Sr.: A four-star junior college defensive end by ESPN.com a year ago, Wren played in all 13 games and totaled 22 tackles, including 12 solo stops. The hope, as always, is that Wren thrives in Year 2 at this level.

DT Ofa Hautau, 6-0, 290 Sr.: Another juco addition last year, Hautau served as Calvin Barnett’s backup and now steps into the starting spot.

LB Kris Catlin, 6-1, 255, Jr.: A Texas Top 100 recruit out of San Antonio in 2011, he’s been blocked in previous seasons, but finally gets his shot as a junior.

LB Seth Jacobs, 6-2, 220, So.: A former California All-State pick who posted 151 tackles his senior season, Jacobs is in line to fill a feature role as a sophomore.

CB Ashton Lampkin, 5-11, 180, Jr.: A Texas Top 100 recruit from Arlington, Lampkin has played in every game in two seasons as a Cowboy. He steps into Justin Gilbert’s significant void.

S Deric Robertson, 6-2, 195, So.: Another Texas Top 100 out of Killeen, earned increasing playing time as a true freshman a year ago.

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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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