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)

In that regard, Gilbert’s legacy at OSU is carrying on. Lampkin said Gilbert and cornerbacks coach Van Malone are the biggest influences on his career.

“Those guys always pulled me up when I was down,” Lampkin said. “They always made sure I was staying on track and doing what I am supposed to be doing.”

Much has been made of Peterson stepping into a leadership role, but Lampkin is doing the same, and all indications are Lampkin is more than capable of handling a starting position.

Of course, Spencer is the first to make sure no one jumps to conclusions.

“Ashton’s got so much better,” Spencer said. “It’s just, again, do we need more gains before we line up? Yes, yes we do. They need every practice we can get, but I was impressed with what (the cornerbacks) did.”

For Lampkin, 2014 will be all about opportunity. Judging by what he did in the spring, he appears ready to seize it.

“I’m going to really work on my technique this offseason and just mentally prepare myself for this upcoming season,” Lampkin said.

“It is really a blessing to play here. God has put me in a great position and I’m just really trying to fulfill my dreams this season.”


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