OSU football: Cowboys in distress mode at linebacker

If possible, the position has gotten thinner. And younger. Scary younger.
by John Helsley Published: June 8, 2014
Advertisement
;

photo -  
                 Ryan Simmons played well in his first exposure as a starter a year ago and will slide into his natural position at middle linebacker. 
                   Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Ryan Simmons played well in his first exposure as a starter a year ago and will slide into his natural position at middle linebacker. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

A look at Oklahoma State’s pre-spring depth chart at linebacker revealed much youth and inexperience.

And real concern.

If possible, the position has gotten thinner. And younger.

Scary younger.

Concern is multiplying.

The spring storyline left Ryan Simmons – last year’s pup at the position – as the group’s leader, a junior whose 13 career starts represent all the career starts at all three positions... combined.

Sophomore Seth Jacobs and junior Kris Catlin are projected as the replacements for mainstays Shaun Lewis and Caleb Lavey. And depth was on the way with junior college additions Devante Averette and D’Nerius Antoine. Dom Ramacher and Demarcus Sherod, two sophomores with special teams experience, hoped to enter the radar.

Well, time for a drastic rewrite.

Scratch Catlin, whom sources report has failed in the classroom just as he was on the verge of his first starting gig as a Cowboy.

Scratch Averette, who reportedly wrecked a knee in the spring and won’t play in 2014.

Keep the Sharpie ready for Antoine, too, who couldn’t complete requirements to enroll in January and is questionable to make it this summer.

As if you need reminding, defending national champion Florida State awaits in Game 1.

Gulp.

The Cowboys stack up strong along the defensive front and boast solid corners in the back end.

The middle, however, appears more than squishy and quite vulnerable to enemy ground attacks and short passing games.

Now, for some good news: Simmons played well in his first exposure as a starter a year ago and slides into his natural position in the middle, taking over Lavey’s spot and role as the unit CPU. Simmons should be good.

And yet, with nothing but raw rookies around him, Simmons could find himself swallowed up by the chore of covering too much ground and too much responsibility.


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...
+ show more


Trending Now


AROUND THE WEB

  1. 1
    The Exhaustive List of Sharknado 2's OMG Moments
  2. 2
    Feds: Man fondled sleeping passenger on Detroit-Amsterdam flight
  3. 3
    News 9: Woman Escapes Following Alleged Abuse, 48 Hours Of Torture
  4. 4
    OU kicker Michael Hunnicutt's playbook is one play
  5. 5
    Jenks Public Schools works to accomodate Burmese population in south Tulsa
+ show more