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Oklahoma State football: JUCO-transfer defensive linemen impress at fall practice

by Kyle Fredrickson Published: August 11, 2014
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Oklahoma State defensive end Sam Wrend (89) grabs Iowa State quarterback Grant Rohach (3) for a sack during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Ames, Iowa, Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013. Oklahoma State won 58-27. (AP Photo by Justin Hayworth)
Oklahoma State defensive end Sam Wrend (89) grabs Iowa State quarterback Grant Rohach (3) for a sack during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Ames, Iowa, Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013. Oklahoma State won 58-27. (AP Photo by Justin Hayworth)

STILLWATER — Oklahoma State practiced for about two hours Monday inside the Sherman E. Smith Training Facility.

Defensive line coach Joe Bob Clements was asked post-practice about the development of senior junior-college transfers Ofa Hautau and Sam Wren, who enter their second season at OSU.

Wren, a defensive end, played in every game and recorded 22 tackles last season. Hautau, a defensive tackle, appeared in 12 games with eight tackles and one sack.

“It’s tremendous, both with (Hautau) and Sam Wren,” Clements said. “A lot of times with the junior college players, they’re just trying to hang on that first year. You get a little bit of productivity out of them, but after they’ve been with the program for a year, you really see the level of play skyrocket a little bit. I think that’s the case with both of those guys.”

And Clements’ philosophy has rang true recently for OSU when it comes to junior college transfers on the defensive line.

Former Cowboy defensive tackle Calvin Barnett was fresh off a season at Navarro Community College when first suited up for OSU in 2012. Barnett was flagged early and often that season for personal foul penalties as he adjusted to life in the Big 12.

Last season, Barnett’s senior year, he played with much more control — recording 32 tackles and earning first-team All-Big 12 honors at season’s end.

“I thought today was pretty good,” said Clements regarding Monday’s practice. “Coach Gundy has been stressing to the guys that this is a critical week. It’s our last week of training camp, and it’s a good opportunity to have some two-a-days with school starting next week. I thought the guys came out pretty enthusiastic today. They had yesterday off, so they were a little fresher today. I think it was a pretty good start to the week.”

by Kyle Fredrickson
OSU beat writer
Kyle Fredrickson became the Oklahoma State beat writer for The Oklahoman and NewsOK.com in July 2014. A native Coloradoan, Fredrickson attended Western State College before transferring to Oklahoma State in 2010 and graduating in 2012. Fredrickson...
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