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Oklahoma State football: Defensive tackle James Castleman a do-it-all athlete

by John Helsley Published: September 7, 2012

Oklahoma State sophomore defensive tackle James Castleman made a late-August run up the depth chart, earning his first career start against Savannah State. Now word is leaking out that Castleman isn't just a big body up front, but quite the athlete, with a school basketball scoring record to show for it back at Amarillo High (Texas).

First career start, it was a life-changing experience. It's not something you get all the time. I loved it. It was awesome.

I played a little bit last year, but getting to start just isn't the same.

We're hoping (Arizona quarterback Matt Scott) runs a lot, just runs into us d-linemen and d-tackles. We're going to try to take care of that. We've been watching film of him and he's a very shifty quarterback. We're looking forward to seeing what he can do.

I wouldn't say I'm a pretty good athlete, I'll let everybody else say it, because I don't like talking about myself like that. But I've had people tell me I'm pretty good at basketball, stuff like that.

(I was our high school's) all-time leading scorer and I broke our rebound record, too.

I usually just used my body and got them out of the way.

Senior year, I averaged at least 14 points a game; boards about 12. I usually threw a lot of elbows.

I played a little baseball in high school, so I try to show off a little bit, mess with our quarterbacks.

I threw the shot put; I actually went to state in the shot put. That was pretty cool.

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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