But Lowe sees promise in true freshmen safeties Deric Robertson and Jordan Sterns, who have gotten playing time in 2013 and have seen plenty of reps during bowl practices.
“That's who I've really been watching and making sure they're getting better and really working hard,” Lowe said, “because I know at this time, it's easy for them to just lay back and not try to get better.
“I'm glad to see that they're out there and they're competing. The guys love compete, and that's what I love about them. They don't like to be caught, they don't like to get beat in coverage. It hurts them, and I like that.”
Cornerbacks Kevin Peterson and Ashton Lampkin and safety Lyndell Johnson are also among the secondary players who will be back in 2014.
CHRISTMAS COMES EARLY FOR SHAUN LEWIS
The “What do you want for Christmas?” question occasionally floated around during OSU's media luncheon last week.
Turns out, Christmas came early for linebacker Shaun Lewis.
“I wanted a guitar, but I got it kind of early, so I don't know what I want now,” Lewis said.
Can he already play?
“I'm gonna learn how to play,” he assured.