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Oklahoma State football: Charge against defensive tackle Christian Littlehead dropped

Cowboys' depth at linebacker is evident in practices
by John Helsley Published: August 15, 2012

Shaun Lewis, Caleb Lavey and Alex Elkins seem to be secure as starters. Behind them, Ryan Simmons, Lyndell Johnson and Nico Ornelas are pushing.

“It goes back to having a lot of guys that can play and trying to develop as much depth as I can,” Spencer said, “knowing that during the course of a season, that's going to pay off big dividends.

“We're going to get banged up. We're going to get bruised – those things happen, not to mention limiting the total number of reps that one guy can get, so you've got some fresh legs in the fourth quarter.”


When the quarterback is an unknown commodity, a team's worth can be hard to rank.

But throughout the preseason, many outlets have shown Oklahoma State, the defending Big 12 and Fiesta Bowl champs, plenty of poll respect. Depending on the service, it's common to see the Cowboys somewhere in the 15-20 range. They were No. 19 in the USA Today coaches' poll.

But Sports Illustrated hasn't followed that trend. In the release of all its preseason content today, the popular magazine didn't have OSU in its top 25. Five Big 12 schools did make the list: Oklahoma (No. 5), West Virginia (No. 10), Texas (No. 15), Kansas State (No. 16) and TCU (No. 21).


The Cowboys got a practice visit Wednesday from Coleman Scott, the former OSU wrestler who won the bronze medal in the 60-kg freestyle at the Olympics in London last weekend.

Of course, Scott brought his medal to show off to players and coaches after being introduced to the team at the end of practice.

Staff Writer Anthony Slater contributed to this story. has disabled the comments for this article.
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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