The Cowboys need to replace both starters at defensive after the departure of 2011 seniors Jamie Blatnick and Richetti Jones. That means one of those freshmen could work into the three-deep.
Cooper Bassett, Ryan Robinson and Jimmy Bean are returners at end, while Nigel Nicholas was moved to the position from tackle and Tyler Johnson was moved there from linebacker.
WALK-ON TO WATCH: RECEIVER JOHN GOODLETT
Walk-on inside receiver John Goodlett gave the Cowboys a much-needed additional player at the position during spring practice while they waited for five incoming freshman receivers to arrive on campus.
And it appears Goodlett, a junior who transferred from Indiana State, could even break the rotation this fall.
“We're playing so many freshmen at the wideout spot right now, probably at least eight of them out there that roll in with the ones and twos, and he's in that group,” OSU coach Mike Gundy said Saturday. “He's getting better.
“He's got some quickness, and his work habits are good, and he's shown signs of being willing to block. Hopefully, he'll give us another guy that we can use in a first-team situation to give a guy a breather.”
Goodlett, who played high school football at Owasso, started his college career at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M Junior College in 2010 before transferring to Indiana State. He tallied 11 catches for 130 yards last season.