OSU football notebook: Bob Connelly delivering a fresh message

Senior lineman Daniel Koenig said Connelly — Joe Wickline’s replacement — has brought different schemes and steps to the line.
by John Helsley Published: April 10, 2014
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photo - Oklahoma State offensive line coach Bob Connelly works with linemen during the first day of spring football practice at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Okla., on Monday, March 10, 2014.  Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma State offensive line coach Bob Connelly works with linemen during the first day of spring football practice at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Okla., on Monday, March 10, 2014. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman

Joe Wickline is the only voice Oklahoma State’s offensive linemen had heard for 10 years.

Now Wickline is gone to Texas and a new message is being delivered by Bob Connelly, Wickline’s replacement.

Delivered, and at least in some corners, received happily.

Senior Daniel Koenig, OSU’s most experienced lineman, said Connelly has brought different schemes and steps to the line, with an emphasis on getting the tackles help on the outside in the form of double-teams from the guards.

“Wickline left tackles on an island a lot,” Koenig said. “He expected a lot of the tackles.

“Coach Connelly is fixing up our steps and our aiming points, stuff like that. And we’re breaking some big holes.”

Connelly is more focused on moving forward than looking back.

“I can’t speak on what Coach Wickline did,” Connelly said. “I’ve got a lot of respect for him and the job that he did. His experience and his reputation speaks for itself. But they’re buying in to who I am.

“I told them the first day: ‘I don’t expect you to respect me Day 1. That comes. That’s earned.’ I think they’re realizing there are some things I can help them with fundamentally, technically. As long as they have some buy in and they believe in who I am and what I stand for and what I’m asking them to do works, at the end of the day they’re going to give you what they have.”

CORNERS FOCUSED ON THEMSELVES

In cornerbacks Kevin Peterson and Ashton Lampkin, the Cowboys have their most experienced players in a young secondary.

Each is a sophomore, yet Peterson started much of last season and Lampkin played significant snaps.

Yet due to the demands of their jobs, neither is in position to play traffic cop for the rookies in the defensive backfield.

“They’re out there by themselves,” said defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer. “They’ve got this one guy to cover, and they’ve got all this green. And their butt is on the line every snap, so the focus for them – probably more than any other position – is the execution.


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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