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OSU football notebook: Defense! Defense!

By Brandon Chatmon, Staff Writer, Modified: August 22, 2010 at 9:51 am •  Published: August 21, 2010

From scout team to standouts

Oklahoma State quarterback Brandon Weeden and receiver Josh Cooper have developed great quarterback-receiver chemistry heading into their first season starting alongside each other in the Cowboys offense. Cooper has an exceptional knack for getting open and Weeden is getting more comfortable in Dana Holgorsen's offense as each day passes.

"We came in (together) on the scout team," Cooper said. "He was on the scout team my freshman year and we kind of developed that (chemistry). I think we'll have a good connection."

Davidell Collins is coming on

True freshman defensive lineman Davidell Collins has been a pleasant surprise during OSU's fall practices. The Bearden, Ark., native could play his way out of a redshirt year and provide depth along the Pokes' defensive front.

"Davidell Collins is adapting quicker than most freshmen on the defensive line," senior defensive tackle Chris Donaldson said.

Collins, at 6-foot-5, 268 pounds, has good size with room to put on additional weight as his collegiate career progresses. Largely overlooked during the recruiting process, Collins was a three-star recruit according to

Focused on leadership

Weeden knows that his leadership could be one of the biggest keys to success for OSU this season. The junior quarterback has focused on becoming one of the leaders of the team since last year's Cotton Bowl and expects to be the guy his teammates look to when things go awry this season.

"We are going to hit a wall eventually," he said. "It's my job to calm everybody down. If we go three-and-out, we hate that, so you pull everybody aside and say, 'That can't happen, we need to move the chains.'"

Weeden singled out leadership as the most important attribute a quarterback needs to succeed in Holgorsen's offense.

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