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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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RUN OR PASS?

We've seen two different versions of the OSU offense in the Cowboys' first two games.

Against Mississippi State, the Cowboys ran for 286 yards, including 125 from quarterback J.W. Walsh. Against Texas-San Antonio, Walsh completed 24-of-27 passes for 326 yards and four touchdowns.

Which way will OSU lean against Lamar? Or will we see a healthy blend of the two attacks?

OFFENSIVE LINE SHUFFLE

The offensive line has been hit the hardest by injuries early on, losing projected starting left tackle Devin Davis (knee) for the season before the opener and starting right tackle Daniel Koening (undisclosed) for the UTSA game.

Those blows have shuffled Parker Graham back to left tackle, Chris Grisbhy to right tackle and Travis Cross to right guard against UTSA.

What will Joe Wickline have to piece together Saturday?

GETTING DEFENSIVE

OSU put together a dominant performance on defense against Mississippi State and played well against UTSA through three quarters.

But it was clear the Roadrunners had a few athletes on the perimeter that sometimes gave OSU trouble. Lamar will play a spread style on Saturday, as will the majority of the teams OSU will face in the Big 12. It will be interesting to see how the Cowboys adjust and continue to develop that aggressive style in game situations.

SAFETY DANCE

As of Monday, the status of starting strong safety Shamiel Gary, who left the UTSA game with an injury, was day-to-day.

If he can't play Saturday, senior Zack Craig (who had a team-high seven tackles and two pass breakups against UTSA) will likely start, while junior Lyndell Johnson and true freshmen Deric Robertson and Jordan Sterns will need become significant contributors.


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