Unlike a year ago, when the Cowboys were overlooked and even pegged for the bottom of the Big 12 South by some, the eyes of the national media are more glowing toward OSU for 2011.
The Cowboys are not impressed.
“We don't care,” said senior defensive end Richetti Jones. “We're like the upset girlfriend. You called me fat. So basically, I'm not talking to you. I don't care what you're saying. I don't care what's going on.
“They counted us down and out last year. They didn't care about us. Now, everybody's looking at us. But we're like, ‘We're fine. We're going to keep doing exactly what we're doing. We're going to play football and win games.'”
ARIZONA GAME: TICKET PROMOTIONS AVAILABLE
OSU has announced several special ticket promotions for the Sept. 8 matchup with Arizona, including a chance to get $25 tickets.
In a package for $100 plus service charges, fans can get four tickets from the unsold allotment that was available to Arizona fans. The deal is available at and requires the special offer code of “Arizona.”
Also, season ticket holders in donor locations may purchase additional single-game tickets in their locations or lower for a base price of $70. A group package for 30 or more tickets is also available for $35 per ticket.
For more information, visit or call the ticket office at (877) 255-4678.
DEPTH CHART CONFIRMS NEW STARTERS
The Cowboys released their depth chart Wednesday, revealing new starters at several spots.
Michael Bowie, a junior college transfer, is the starting left tackle, winning a job on an offensive line that returned five starters. Nick Martinez, a starter a year ago, moves into a utility role as a backup at several spots.
Also rising: Joseph Randle at running back; Kye Staley at fullback; Alex Elkins at weakside linebacker; Nigel Nicholas and Christian Littlehead at defensive tackle; Caleb Lavey at middle linebacker; and Quinn Sharp as the placekicker.
GUNDY COMFORTABLE WITH BACKUP PUNTER
As OSU closed out fall camp, coach Mike Gundy said two players stuck out as guys who made major improvement over the span of the three weeks: Elkins and punter Michael Reichenstein.
Elkins was obvious, as he climbed to the top of the depth chart as a newcomer. Reichenstein was more of a surprise.
“Our backup punter couldn't kick it 20 yards and kick it straight,” Gundy said. “And now, if he had to get in the game and punt, it wouldn't bother me at all. Michael Reichenstein has done a great job.”