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Oklahoma State football: Cornerback Ashton Lampkin ready to seize opportunity

OSU coach Mike Gundy and defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer both mentioned Ashton Lampkin as one of the most improved players, and Lampkin showed it to the public by intercepting a tipped pass from quarterback J.W. Walsh and returning it for a touchdown in OSU’s Orange Blitz scrimmage.
By Cody Stavenhagen, Staff Writer, cstavenhagen@opubco.com Published: June 22, 2014
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photo - Oklahoma State cornerback Ashton Lampkin (6) breaks up a pass intended for wide receiver Austin Hays (17) during an Orange Blitz NCAA college spring football practice in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, April 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Oklahoma State cornerback Ashton Lampkin (6) breaks up a pass intended for wide receiver Austin Hays (17) during an Orange Blitz NCAA college spring football practice in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, April 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

— All spring at Oklahoma State, the talk was the same.

With only four returning starters on defense, the Cowboys better improve quickly, or else.

And if there was any bright spot on defense outside James Castleman and Jimmy Bean on the line, it was cornerback Kevin Peterson.

Peterson is OSU’s only returning starter in the secondary, and after a two-interception season in 2013, he might be poised to fill in for Justin Gilbert, the No. 8 overall pick to the Cleveland Browns.

Peterson, though, said he isn’t too concerned about the secondary as a whole. That’s where some new talk comes in.

A big reason for that is junior Ashton Lampkin, OSU’s 2013 Special Teams MVP who should start opposite Peterson in 2014.

“We expect not to miss a job next season,” Peterson said. “I know we lose Justin, but we have good athletes everywhere, so we’re going to try to do what we do and try to pick up where we left off last year.”

At 5 feet 11 inches and 180 pounds, Lampkin proved with his 24 tackles last season that he can play to some degree. In the spring, Lampkin took that a step further.

OSU coach Mike Gundy and defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer both mentioned Lampkin as one of the most improved players, and Lampkin showed it to the public by intercepting a tipped pass from quarterback J.W. Walsh and returning it for a touchdown in OSU’s Orange Blitz scrimmage.

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