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Oklahoma State football: James Castleman seeing a lot of good things on the defensive line

James Castleman jumped into action on the Oklahoma State defensive line as a true freshman and has grown into a force up front, making 25 starts over the past two seasons.
by John Helsley Published: April 27, 2014

My game, I’m starting to be able to see the game and see the speed of the game and find little things here and there on the O-line, how the quarterback makes reads … And then to adjust my blocks and how they’re going to block me. I feel like I’m doing a decent job of being able to notice that little stuff.

Do you attribute that to experience or the game slowing down for you?

I attribute it to both, experience and things slowing down a little over time. I mean, it’s still a fast game, but it slows down in my mind. And that’s good.

What does Ofa Hautau bring as the replacement to Calvin Barnett?

Ofa brings a lot of power to the table. He’ll put his head in there and wreak some havoc. That’s what we need, to get explosive off the ball. And he’s not afraid to just jump into a pile, jump at someone. He’s not afraid to make a tackle. He’s not scared to do anything.

What do you sense is going on in the back seven behind you guys up front?

Every day, we get better in the back end. I watch them on film, and I see them getting faster. They may make a mistake one day, but the next day they have it fixed.

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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