Oklahoma State football: Joe Wickline seeking offensive line progress

by John Helsley Published: August 16, 2013
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photo - OSU COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Oklahoma State University offensive line coach Joe Wickline leads the offensive line in a drill during practice on August 2, 2013. Wickline is entering his 9th season at Oklahoma State. Photo by KT KING, The Oklahoman
OSU COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Oklahoma State University offensive line coach Joe Wickline leads the offensive line in a drill during practice on August 2, 2013. Wickline is entering his 9th season at Oklahoma State. Photo by KT KING, The Oklahoman

With the season opener against Mississippi State now two weeks away, preseason progress is taking on a more serious tone.

Along the offensive front, where OSU must replace two starters, line coach Joe Wickline said his group is coming along.

Yet has a way to go.

“They're continuing to get better, but we are in no means ready to call practice off or shut it down,” Wickline said. “To say we have a long way to go would be an understatement, and they know it. They're working hard. It's a grind and it's a process.

“They're working little by little and they're taking baby steps and getting better at different things. They're starting to clean some things up as a group. I'm seeing some progression that I'm happy with, but it may be week 13 before we get it all together.”

Wickline, never quick to shower his linemen with compliments, did have some good things to say about returning tackle Parker Graham, suggesting he should be in the conversation for All-Big 12 selection.

“Just based on cross film, which allows me to watch a lot of offensive linemen in the league over and over again,” Wickline said, “you're going to have a difficult time finding a bunch better than him. He's tall, he's long and he's a very serious guy about his game.

“He's got a ridiculously good bend and is quick off the ball. He's got good hands and he's graduated and getting his master's degree and he's gotten really strong. You're going to have a hard time finding anyone better.”

SEEKING THE SEC


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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