STILLWATER — Evan Epstein, a walk-on from McKinney, Texas, was recently placed on scholarship. Projected to be Oklahoma State's starting center, Epstein appeared in five games last season.
Epstein started his career at Air Force but transferred to OSU and sat out the 2009 season. Ranked by ESPN as the nation's No. 14 center coming out of high school, Epstein saw action in three games his sophomore season at OSU.
Q: Having been in the program three years, how much help can you give freshman quarterback Wes Lunt?
A: “It seems everyone asks me that question. I'm going to provide help to whoever is back there, whether it's a freshman or any of the other guys.”
But with Lunt being named the starter, you can provide insight into the challenges of Division I football.
“Definitely. Wes and I are constantly talking about how we can improve our tempo, improve our calls, just improve the offense overall. He's the guy right now and I'm the guy at center. That's obviously a key connection. We need to be friends and be able to work together on and off the field. It's been a work in progress since the spring, and it will continue to be a work in progress through fall camp. Hopefully by the time the season starts we'll be on the same page.”
How confident are you that the offense can continue to perform at a high level despite replacing most of the line?
“There may be a lot of new faces as far as who is starting, but we're not new faces as far as working together. Most of us have been here a lot of years. We know each other well. We're really good friends. I think we work really well together. I wouldn't be surprised if this offensive line... I'm going to be so bold as to say it's going to be as good as the previous offensive line. Coach (Joe) Wickline is the man when it comes to coaching the offensive line. I would like to think he could coach anyone to become a great offensive line. We're going to do the best job we possibly can, and I would like to think it's going to be really good.”