OSU Football Notebook: Defensive linemen catch Mike Gundy’s eye

Oklahoman Modified: March 26, 2009 at 5:43 am •  Published: March 26, 2009
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In two post-practice interview sessions this week, Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy has mentioned defensive tackle Chris Donaldson among players who are standing out this spring.

Donaldson played sparingly as a sophomore last season after transferring from Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College. Heading into his junior year, Donaldson is beginning to make a push for a spot in the playing rotation.

"He has really made some plays up front,” Gundy said. "He’s got some strength and he stays low. The system that (new defensive coordinator) Bill Young has in place has benefited him. He’s starting to show some toughness. It’d be nice if he could give us another guy to rotate in.”

And another second-year player, redshirt freshman Nigel Nicholas continues to draw attention. The key now is to figure out where to play the 6-foot-3, 285-pounder. Nicholas came to OSU as an end, but has played tackle this spring as well.

"I think he could be in a little bit of a trial run right now,” Gundy said. "He still has good feet.


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