Oklahoma State football: Lane Taylor the elder statesman of the Cowboys o-line

OSU FOOTBALL — With 36 starts under his belt, the senior guard know just what to expect.
by Michael Baldwin Published: August 26, 2012

With OSU ranked among the highest-scoring teams in the country throughout his career, does Taylor have a favorite play?

“I've had a lot of them,” Taylor said. “One of my favorite was last year against OU, when they circled me (on the telestrator), a pick block that opened a huge hole.”

Also high on the list was Smith's 74-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter last season against Texas. Smith's run gave the Cowboys a two-touchdown lead en route to OSU posting wins in back-to-back years in Austin.

“I sealed the gap off and looked to my left,” Taylor said. “All I saw was the end zone and Jeremy racing down the field. That was one was pretty cool.

“It's great when our running backs get recognition. We know if it wasn't for us they wouldn't have some of the success they have.”

Those are the type of experiences OSU's elder statesman can pass along to teammates filling offensive line vacancies.

“I know we have a lot of guys that haven't started as many games, but we have people with experience,” Taylor said. “I think the O-line is going to be great. We're going to be a great run-blocking unit and good pass-blocking unit. I think we'll do very well.”

by Michael Baldwin
Mike Baldwin has been a sports reporter for The Oklahoman since 1982. Mike graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1974 and attended Oklahoma Christian University, graduating with a journalism degree in 1978. Mike's first job was sports editor...
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“Lane to Success”

Lane Taylor isn't just the Cowboys' most experienced offensive lineman. He's the most experienced player on the roster. He'll be a key veteran presence while the Cowboys break in a true freshman quarterback.


* OSU offensive lineman Evan Epstein: “He's married. He has great family values and he's an absolute monster on the field. That's what you want — a nice guy in the locker room, a mean guy on the field.”

* OSU defensive lineman Cooper Bassett: “Experience matters. Lane Taylor has gotten the job done for three years.”

* OSU offensive lineman Jonathan Rush: “Lane is a big teddy bear.”

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