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Oklahoma State football notebook: Blake Webb steals the show

BY CODY STAVENHAGEN, FOR THE OKLAHOMAN Published: April 5, 2014

Oklahoma State receiver Blake Webb said he spent most of last season frustrated after redshirting because of an early season foot injury.

Saturday at OSU’s Orange Blitz, Webb unleashed some of that frustration for the first time in front of fans.

Webb caught four passes in OSU’s short scrimmage, including a 55-yard touchdown from freshman Mason Rudolph, and finished with as impressive a day as anyone, showing what a difference a year can make.

“I’d just say I’m a lot faster. I’m bigger,” Webb said. “I know the game a lot better now. I’m more comfortable playing in the offense, and that comes with maturity.”

Webb also had an impressive showing at Tuesday’s open practice and is one of several players contending for time in the slot. If this week is any indication, Webb could be on track to emerge as a reliable target at OSU’s deepest position.

“He’s had a good spring,” coach Mike Gundy said. “He and Austin Hays, both those guys had injuries last year, but they’ve had a good offseason, they’ve come back, and he’s made some plays.”

OFFENSIVE LINE NEEDS EXPERIENCE

It’s been a spring of uncertainty for the Oklahoma State offensive line. It’s also been a spring of opportunity.

No position has faced more of both than center, where Paul Lewis has taken over and Grant Canis is filling in with the second string.

Gundy said Lewis is adjusting well, but the inexperience at center has still been a struggle, especially for the first time in a live setting on Saturday.

“You worry about guys getting snaps,” Gundy said. “They’re out there for the first time, the crowd’s here, the media is here, so you worry about them being able to snap the ball so we can function in practice.

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