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Oklahoma State football notebook: Familiar faces aplenty at UTSA

UTSA linebacker Blake Terry was a teammate of Cowboy quarterback J.W. Walsh and receiver Josh Stewart at Denton Guyer. OSU safety Zack Craig played with UTSA offensive linemen Cody Harris and Payton Rion at Smithson Valley.
By Gina Mizell Published: September 5, 2013

Texas San-Antonio is still a relative unknown in college football, with the program one game into its third season.

But Saturday, a handful of Oklahoma State players will recognize a few Roadrunners from their Texas high school football days.

UTSA linebacker Blake Terry was a teammate of Cowboy quarterback J.W. Walsh and receiver Josh Stewart at Denton Guyer. OSU safety Zack Craig played with UTSA offensive linemen Cody Harris and Payton Rion at Smithson Valley. Cowboy fullback Teddy Johnson was a teammate of safety Nic Johnston, running back Evans Okotcha and cornerback Bennett Okotcha at Coppell. OSU freshman safety Tre Flowers and UTSA running back Jarveon Williams both played at Converse Judson.

“They're going to be chomping at the bit to come at us and come prove something,” Walsh said. “I think we're going to have to prepare and be ready for that.”

GUNDY STILL KEYING IN ON DEFENSIVE IMPROVEMENTS

Defense was the talk of OSU's 21-3 victory over Mississippi State. And rightfully so, coach Mike Gundy said.

Yet Gundy still could single out areas that need to improve, particularly ones that stem from the Cowboys' first quarter against the Bulldogs.

“We didn't tackle very well at times in the secondary, which is an issue we have in our style of practice,” Gundy said. “Traditionally, that gets better as the season goes on, because they play more games and there's more active tackling for those guys on the second level … We need to make some improvement in our early first-quarter pass rush. We weren't getting to the quarterback.

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