OSU football notebook: Mizzou receivers present challenging matchup

Cowboys linebacker Shaun Lewis said Tigers' receivers are “like tight ends across the board, except they run like receivers. That's a challenge in itself.”
by Berry Tramel and John Helsley Published: December 26, 2013

With two teams that mirror each other in many ways, the Cotton Bowl features several intriguing matchups.

One of the more important battles: OSU's secondary against Missouri's receivers.

The Tigers feature a big group of receivers, led by 6-foot-6 Dorial Green-Beckham (the nation's No. 1 recruit in 2012) and 6-4 L'Damian Washington. Marcus Lucas is a 6-5 senior who has also been productive, while 6-2 Bud Sasser has contributed as well.

In quarterback James Franklin and running back Henry Josey, Mizzou has a pair of headliners. But handling the receivers might be the most pressing charge for the Cowboys defense.

“I think the receivers are more dangerous, because Franklin doesn't have to throw a good ball for them to come down with it,” said OSU linebacker Shaun Lewis. “They're so long and rangy and so athletic that they can just go get it wherever he throws it.

“I think that's the most dangerous thing, because you can't really practice that. They're like tight ends across the board, except they run like receivers. That's a challenge in itself.”

Still, it's a challenge that Lewis said he and his guys relish.

“I love it,” he said. “I love a challenge. I want to see how good they really are.”

CLINT CHELF: MOVIE MAN

Cowboys quarterback Clint Chelf made himself a hot topic on Twitter when he, teammates and friends dressed up as the character of Legolas to attend a screening of “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” then shared a photo of the group on Twitter.

“It was a spur of the moment deal,” Chelf explained. “We went and got some stuff, threw together a cheap outfit and called it a day.”

Chelf, Lewis, linebacker Caleb Lavey and center Jake Jenkins were joined by Chelf roommate Tanner Newby — who were all in costume, except Lewis, who appeared as himself.

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by Berry Tramel
Columnist
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The...
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by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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