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Oklahoma State football: Offseason update on the Cowboys' nonconference opponents

Football is around the corner. Might as well take an early look at OSU's three nonconference opponents.
Oklahoman Published: July 7, 2013
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photo - FILE - In this Sept. 15, 2010 file photo, University of Texas at San Antonio college football head coach Larry Coker watches a drill before UTSA'S first-ever scrimmage.  (AP Photo/San Antonio Express-News, Kin Man Hui) NO SALES ORG XMIT: TXSAE102
FILE - In this Sept. 15, 2010 file photo, University of Texas at San Antonio college football head coach Larry Coker watches a drill before UTSA'S first-ever scrimmage. (AP Photo/San Antonio Express-News, Kin Man Hui) NO SALES ORG XMIT: TXSAE102

BY GINA MIZELL, Staff Writer, gmizell@opubco.com

STILLWATER — Early July is upon us, which is what I like to call “watch list season” until conference media days begin later this month.

It's also fair time to really start examining nonconference schedules.

We'll break down Oklahoma State's early season contests against Mississippi State, Texas-San Antonio and Lamar plenty over the coming weeks. For now, here are some summer news and nuggets from the Cowboys trio of nonconference opponents.

Mississippi State

*Bulldog running back LaDarius Perkins was one of 44 players named to the watch list for the Paul Hornung Award given to the nation's most versatile player. In 2012, Perkins tallied 1,024 rushing yards, 160 receiving yards and 325 kick return yards. OSU cornerback/kick returner Justin Gilbert is on the watch list for the same award.

*Linebacker Chris Hughes, who recorded 31 tackles last season and was listed as a backup on the Bulldogs' spring depth chart, is no longer with the team after being arrested and charged with domestic violence. Hughes was first suspended indefinitely after the arrest before Mississippi State announced less than a week later he was no longer with the team. As of June 28, he was still in jail, according to the Jackson Clarion-Ledger.

*Backup receiver Ricco Sanders, who would have been a senior in 2013, will not return to the team. He recorded 15 catches for 163 yards and a touchdown in 2011 but just one catch for three yards in 2012.

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