Free safety Daytawion Lowe is perhaps Oklahoma State's most underrated defensive player, as he's led or tied for the team lead in tackles each of the last two seasons while also tallying three interceptions, four forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries during that period.
New safeties coach Tim Duffie is expecting much of the same out of Lowe in his final season. But the coach is hoping Lowe won't need to stay on the field as much as he has in the past.
“Last year he got banged up there at the end,” Duffie said. “He's one of those guys that wants to play every snap. Game to game, we're gonna try to get him rest as much as we can.
“We don't want to see him playing 105, 110 plays (each game). That's not good for us in the long run.”
The Cowboys have solid depth and experience at safety, with senior Larry Stephens backing Lowe up at free safety and senior Shamiel Gary, junior Lyndell Johnson and senior Zack Craig occupying the strong safety spot. Duffie and defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer has also mentioned that incoming freshmen Tre Flowers, Deric Robertson and Jordan Sterns could earn early playing time, particularly on special teams.
TV PLANS FINALIZED FOR LAMAR GAME
TV plans have been finalized for the Cowboys' home opener against Lamar on Sept. 14.
The game will kick off at 6:30 p.m. and will be aired on FOX Sports Southwest/FS Oklahoma. In addition, the game will be televised live nationally on FOX College Sports.
Oklahoma State will open the season on ABC against Mississippi State at 2:30 p.m. on Aug. 31 in Houston. The following week the Cowboys will be featured on FOX Sports Net when they travel to San Antonio to face UTSA for an 11 a.m. kickoff in the Alamodome.
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