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Oklahoma State football: Newcomers, reserves get a chance to impress coaches

Everybody's goal is to start or play a prominent role during the season. The Cowboys have plenty of candidates making a bid.
BY GINA MIZELL Published: August 12, 2012

STILLWATER — In the first week of Oklahoma State's fall camp, Cowboy newcomers got their chance to impress coaches. And some returning players started to make their push for a more prominent role this fall.

There's still more than two weeks until the Cowboys begin a quest to defend their Big 12 title. But here's a look at some of the true freshmen (other than quarterback Wes Lunt) who have made an early impact, as well as returners who are contenders to rise on the depth chart.

Freshman standouts

C.J. Curry, wide receiver

As the only other true freshman besides Lunt listed on the preseason depth chart released before camp even began, expectations were already high for Curry. The 6-foot-2, 185-pound outside receiver has taken reps with the first and second team and is a virtual lock to see significant time in the offense in his first season.

Wide receivers coach Kasey Dunn: “He's big, fast, pretty. And he's a coach's kid. Coach's kids tend to have a different perspective of football, of the game, than most. They're coached a little harder. They take coaching a little better. They understand the ups and downs. They understand getting back up after you got knocked down. It's just different. Coach's kids have an easier time adjusting (to college football).”

Blake Webb, inside receiver

Webb is smaller than Curry (5-11) but can run the 40-yard dash in 4.41 seconds. And with fellow inside receiver Torrance Carr out 2-3 weeks with a foot injury, Webb's practice reps could increase even more. In addition to Webb and Curry, Brandon Sheperd and Austin Hays could work into the receiver rotation.

Inside receivers coach Doug Meacham: “Blake's going to play. There's no question. He's so fast, and he's picking up the offense well. … He's in the rotation right now, so we're counting on him.”

Kevin Peterson and Ashton Lampkin, cornerbacks

With Devin Hedgepeth and Andrae May both coming off serious injuries, the spots behind starters Justin Gilbert and Brodrick Brown have been up for grabs between two redshirt freshmen in Miketavius Jones and Jonovan Griffin and two true freshmen in Peterson and Lampkin. Brown praised both newcomers last week, and Peterson has especially shown a knack for reading the ball and snagging the interception.

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