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Oklahoma State football: Six things to watch for in OSU vs. Lamar

BY GINA MIZELL, Staff Writer, gmizell@opubco.com Published: September 13, 2013
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Sports Illustrated's five-part investigative series alleging multiple examples of misconduct inside Oklahoma State's football program has dominated media coverage this week, including the stories coming from The Oklahoman.

And it has completely overshadowed the fact that the No. 12 Cowboys will face Lamar at 6:30 p.m. Saturday in their home opener at Boone Pickens Stadium.

Under normal circumstances, here are some storylines we would have examined in greater detail heading into the matchup:

SAVANNAH STATE: PART DEUX?

Lamar, a Football Championship Subdivision school in Beaumont, Texas, revived its football program in 2010 and has yet to face a team the caliber of OSU.

Is another 84-0 blowout — where starters were pulled midway through the first quarter — on the way?

Maybe not. But we could see a whole lot of Clint Chelf and Rennie Childs and Seth Jacobs and Jordan Sterns in this one. Third-team quarterback Daxx Garman may even get some snaps.

WELCOME BACK, KEVIN JOHNSON

It's a small world, after all.

Lamar's best player, receiver/returner Kevin Johnson, happens to be an OSU transfer. Johnson spent two years in the OSU program, getting extensive time on special teams as a redshirt freshman in 2011. He likely would have been in the mix at receiver in 2012 before deciding the transfer after spring practice.

But Johnson has thrived at Lamar, earning the Southland Conference Newcomer of the Year award in 2012 after tallying 947 all-purpose yards and 13 total touchdowns. He's already compiling 246 all-purpose yards (74 receiving, 10 punt return, 162 kick return) and two touchdowns through two games this season.

Lamar defensive lineman Joe Okafor, who has three tackles so far this season, is also an OSU transfer.

Former OSU running back Herschel Sims, who transferred to Lamar after he was dismissed from the Cowboys in June 2012 just before being charged with two felony counts of second-degree forgery, is no longer at that school. He transferred to Abilene Chrisitan after leaving Lamar's program in the middle of the 2012 season.

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