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Oklahoma State football: Caleb Lavey ready for the Texas smash-mouth challenge

COMMENTARY — Oklahoma State will likely need another stellar performance versus Texas from middle linebacker Caleb Lavey to beat the Longhorns Saturday in Stillwater.
by Jenni Carlson Published: September 28, 2012

“He's in the right spots 99 percent of the time,” Cowboy defensive coordinator Bill Young said.

Perfection might be necessary against Texas. The Longhorns are going to keep pounding the ball. That's their identity and their strength. Make one mistake against Malcolm Brown, Joe Bergeron and Johnathan Gray, and it could be a game-changer.

And if those guys get going, it opens up the passing game for David Ash. The Longhorn quarterback has shown if he's more capable than ever before of making plays.

Add in a Cowboy offense likely led by a backup quarterback, and it's even more important for the Cowboy defense to keep the Longhorns in check. Doing that means slowing their ground game.

Lavey sounds ready.

“We get to play what we love to play,” he said. “Smash-mouth football.”

Jenni Carlson: Jenni can be reached at (405) 475-4125 or at jcarlson@opubco.com. You can also like her at facebook.com/JenniCarlsonOK, follow her at twitter.com/jennicarlson_ok or view her personality page at newsok.com/jennicarlson.

by Jenni Carlson
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Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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