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Oklahoma State football: Cowboys' defense shows a lot of promise

Offensive line, cornerback and running back positions lack depth.
BY GINA MIZELL Published: April 21, 2013

/articleid/3791835/1/pictures/2022941">Photo - Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy gets ready to take the field after halftime of OSU's spring football game at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Okla., Sat., April 20, 2013. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy gets ready to take the field after halftime of OSU's spring football game at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Okla., Sat., April 20, 2013. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

Depth needed on offensive line

When addressing how splitting the squad into two teams for a spring game most impacted the Cowboys, Gundy pointed to the lack of offensive linemen. Just look at converted tight end Zac Veatch suddenly playing center. But help is on the way, with four incoming freshmen on the line arriving this summer. Running back and cornerback are two other positions in need of depth that will come once fall camp begins.

Three questions

Who starts at quarterback?

Unlike last year, where Gundy named Wes Lunt the starter for Game 1 the week following spring practice, the coach proclaimed Saturday that he will not discuss the details of this position battle until after the Cowboys' first game against Mississippi State. That won't stop the questions, though.

Who kicks and punts?

Kip Smith, Bobby Stonebreaker and Michael Reichenstein combined for a lukewarm performance, at best, in Saturday's spring finale. Highly touted incoming freshman Ben Grogan will add himself to the competition this fall. Finding a reliable replacement for punter/kicker extraordinaire Quinn Sharp is perhaps the most pressing fall camp storyline.

Which incoming freshmen will make an early impact?

As mentioned above, the Cowboys need depth at offensive line, cornerback and running back. Names to keep an eye on that could push for immediate playing time: running backs Rennie Childs and Corion Webster, corners Taylor Lewis and Darius Curry, receivers Marcell Ateman and Ra'Shaad Samples and “athlete” Jerel Morrow. Fall camp begins in August, but summer workouts provide an even earlier opportunity to make a good first impression.


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