It’s not a secret that the outlook for Oklahoma State football this season isn’t near as bright as it was a year ago when the Cowboys were Big 12 favorites.
The good news?
Coach Mike Gundy and OSU have been doubted before.
Last season, OSU graduated 28 players. The Cowboys are only returning four starters on defense, lost their top three receivers, have an offensive line riddled by injuries and another offseason with some uncertainty at quarterback. Not exactly breaking news.
That’s why this spring might have been the most challenging in Gundy’s tenure.
“We pushed our players more this spring, this week, than we have since I’ve been the head coach here,” Gundy said after OSU’s final spring practice. “From a scrimmage standpoint, we’re so young that we needed enough work. We said they don’t have enough days to get these guys ready.”
The Big 12 has taken notice, and its outlook for the Cowboys is even more pessimistic.
The conference announced its preseason awards and poll this past week, and junior college transfer Tyreek Hill was the Big 12’s Preseason Newcomer of the Year.
But other than that, the Cowboys didn’t have a single player make the all-conference team.
That’s no James Castleman. No Kevin Peterson. No J.W. Walsh, Daniel Koenig, Jhajuan Seales or Des Roland.
In the conference preseason poll, the media picked OSU to finish fifth behind Oklahoma, Baylor, Texas and Kansas State.
Big 12 country has little faith, but preseason predictions mean little — especially in Stillwater.
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