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OSU football notebook: Graduate assistants playing key roles on Cowboy coaching staff

Ty Linder has taken on many of the responsibilities usually assigned to a special teams coordinator. And with Bill Young currently away from the team, Jermial Ashley has been coaching the defensive linemen during practice.
By Gina Mizell and John Helsley Published: September 6, 2012

Defensive end Tyler Johnson (undisclosed injury) and DeMarcus Sherod (shoulder) are probable to play Saturday.


There's been much debate about what the Cowboys took from their 84-0 victory over Savannah State.

But for a new Arizona coaching staff trying to get a feel for what OSU has in quarterback Wes Lunt, and others, was it at all helpful?

“I don't think we can take a whole lot from that film,” coach Rich Rodriguez said, “because I'm sure after the first couple of series, they were going to be very vanilla and were going to let the backups play the game out.”


When the Oklahoma State players and coaches sang the alma mater following the Cowboys' 84-0 drubbing of Savannah State Saturday night, true freshman quarterback Wes Lunt had his right arm around the shoulders of a guy wearing a No. 47 jersey.

Naturally, plenty of cameras captured the moment. And, of course, the common practice for the photographer is to use a caption to identify the people in the shot.

The problem? There was no No. 47 on the roster. Bigger problem? Even after some quick investigating following the game Saturday night, OSU officials still didn't know who that player was.

But the mystery has since been solved.

It was sophomore linebacker Kyle Culver, who had switched his number from 32 to 47 before the game. The walk-on from Pawhuska had been wearing the same number as fellow linebacker Kris Catlin, which ultimately did not make much sense since they play the same position.

Culver's number has since been updated on the OSU website's roster.


OSU defensive tackle James Castleman relished his first career start against Savannah State last week.

His second start will also be memorable, because it's a homecoming of sorts.

Castleman's mom grew up in Tucson, and he's seen Arizona play in person a couple of times during visits to the desert.

“I'm actually really excited for this week's game,” Castleman said. “…I have seen them play quite a bit. I actually get to start against them this year.”

As a true freshman, Castleman recorded two tackles in the Cowboys' 37-14 victory over Arizona in Stillwater last season.