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Oklahoma State football: Preseason meeting of Cowboys' seniors set tone for team's success

by John Helsley Published: December 3, 2013

Seniors predominantly are the faces of this team: Chelf, Graham, receiver Tracy Moore, fullback Kye Staley, linebackers Caleb Lavey and Shaun Lewis, defensive linemen Calvin Barnett and Tyler Johnson and defensive backs Lowe, Justin Gilbert, and Shamiel Gary.

And yet there are more who have helped stamp this season a success.

“If you look around and you see the guys, they're all committed,” Lowe said. “Their roles may be big, or they may be little, but whatever their role is, they do it. And they do it in a happy way.

“Not, ‘Ah, I wish I was doing what he's doing.' It's just a sense of everybody wanting to contribute. And wanting to contribute any way they can.”

Those contributions extend a climate of winning in Stillwater.

Spanning a four-year span, these seniors are 41-9, matching the 2011 group's victory total as the winningest in program history. A win over Oklahoma puts this group alone at No. 1.

They've also won three bowl games, including a Fiesta Bowl conquest that followed their Big 12 title run in 2011. Now they're on the verge of a second conference crown.

“They've kind of set the standard and put a lot of their heart and soul into this program,” said Cowboys coach Mike Gundy.

That heart and soul part is what stands out to defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer, who said this group's willingness to play for one another will provide his lasting impression from the season.

“Just the look in their eyes every week, to hear them talk — they're talking about us, as opposed to talking about me and I,” Spencer said. “If the legacy of that down the road, and I think it will, make them better husbands and fathers one day, that's the legacy that I want left. That's my motivation.

“Along the way, you win a ton of games, that makes it even better.”

And it all started last summer, in a crowded meeting room of accountability.

“We had a little slip-up at West Virginia, but we all rallied together and came together as a team,” Graham said. “The biggest takeaway for this year as a team is that it was really a team effort. “Everybody dropped their egos and came together and we all did something special. And we have one more game left to add to that.”

by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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