OSU football notebook: Several candidates vying for playing time at defensive end

Among the few real position battles in OSU's preseason, defensive end might post the greatest opportunity for those involved.
by John Helsley Published: August 21, 2013
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GUNDY VALUES KANSAS RECRUITING GROUND

Mike Gundy has long claimed Texas as an “in-state” recruiting ground for OSU. But Gundy and his staff are focusing on other outside pipelines as well, noticeable in their recent success in Kansas.

Since 2010, the Cowboys have pulled in running back Joseph Randle (Wichita Southeast), injury-plagued defensive back Devin Hedgepeth (Derby), defensive end rotation candidate Trace Clark (Wichita Collegiate) and 2013 four-star athlete Jerel Morrow (Emporia) from Kansas.

Jeremiah Ledbetter, a two-star defensive tackle from Hutchinson, has committed for the 2014 class.

Gundy suggested at Big 12 Media Days last month that some players from Kansas get overlooked nationally. A reason for that? The lack of airports.

“If you fly into Kansas City, you're basically in Missouri,” Gundy said. “There's not any other airports, for the most part. Wichita's not as big. So you don't get the (recruiting) traffic. People are not going to go in there, because it's hard to get in and out.”

STEWART ON WATCH FOR NEW AWARD

From Tyler, Texas, comes a new college football honor: the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award.

And OSU receiver Josh Stewart is on the list.

Named for the former Heisman winner and Pro Football Hall of Fame member — who hails from Tyler and was nicknamed the Tyler Rose — the award is aimed at the top offensive Division I football player who “also exhibits the enduring characteristics that define Earl Campbell: integrity, performance, teamwork, sportsmanship, drive, community and tenacity; specifically tenacity to persist and determination to overcome adversity and injury in pursuit of reaching goals.”

BY JOHN HELSLEY AND GINA MIZELL

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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