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Oklahoma State football: Cowboys maintain turnover focus

Defense is more determined than ever to keep forcing fumbles, interceptions
by John Helsley Published: August 17, 2012

“Daniel Koenig and Devin Davis are fighting for a starting job right now,” Wickline said. “Devin's a little bit behind him, but Devin is definitely a swing tackle — he's really going to be a nice player and he's a solid third tackle.

“That's what you want to have. You want to have three tackles.”

Right now, junior college transfer Chris Grisbhy is considered the Cowboys' fourth tackle.


There's no question that multiple true freshman receivers will play for OSU this season.

How many of those five newcomers, exactly? That's still to be determined.

C.J. Curry and Blake Webb, who have received a heavy dose of first- and second-team reps during fall camp, appear to be locks to see significant time. Brandon Sheperd is also in the mix.

But Kasey Dunn, who works with the outside receivers, has also been impressed with two of the more under-the-radar receivers in Austin Hays and Jhajuan Seales.

Dunn called Hays, a post-Signing Day addition to OSU's 2012 class, the most consistent freshman throughout practice. And Dunn said Seales, a late bloomer in high school who was offered by OSU January, has tremendous potential. Both players were rated two-star prospects by Rivals.

Overall, Dunn hasn't seen a ton of separation between the four freshman outside receivers and said he's comfortable with putting “a couple” of them into a game situation right now.

“It's not their ability,” Dunn said. “It's not, ‘Can they catch the ball and run with it afterwards?' It's, ‘Am I going to make the right decisions?' It's, ‘Am I going to help the inside guy get open if I know this coverage is set so I don't catch the ball? Will I make sure that the inside guy gets the ball?'

“We don't have those things nailed down yet with a couple of guys, and we need to. All four of them, athletically, can play but ultimately it will come down to who is smart enough to play and who picks it up the quickest.”

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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