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OSU football: Plenty of questions still surround the Cowboys

OSU will be the slight favorite in the preseason, but there are still holes to fill.
BY GINA MIZELL Published: July 21, 2013

By now, offensive line coach Joe Wickline has a track record of mixing and matching lineman combinations and turning the group into one of the Big 12's best. But his challenge will be a little bit greater in 2013.

3. Who kicks and punts?

Kickers Bobby Stonebreaker and Kip Smith and punter Michael Reichenstein were underwhelming, at best, during the spring in their attempt to replace two-time Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Year Quinn Sharp.

The good news? Incoming freshman Ben Grogan, who was rated the ninth-best kicker in the nation by Rivals, will be on campus for fall camp.

As a junior at Arlington (Texas) Martin High School, Grogan beat out Jaden Oberkrom for starting kicking duties. The same Oberkrom who now kicks for TCU and was named to the preseason All-Big 12 team last week.

It's probably safe to expect Grogan kick right away. And don't be surprised if he punts, too.

2. Are the new coordinators up to the task?

Mike Yurcich has spoken about football being football, no matter the level, and his goal to stay true to OSU's Air Raid spread system.

Glenn Spencer has spoken about his experience assisting with game-planning as the Cowboys' co-defensive coordinator, and a promise that the unit is going to play more aggressively in 2013.

Both have likable personalities and appear to work well with their players and fellow coaches. But are they ready to call plays for OSU? We'll find out.

1. Is Clint Chelf able to produce for a whole season?

Clint Chelf's rapid rise from third-string quarterback to starter during the stretch run of last season sparked the “choo-choo” movement, earning him plenty of adoration and support from those who love a good underdog success story.

But now Chelf is poised to start the season opener — whether Gundy says it or not — for the team expected to win the Big 12. That comes with a whole new level of pressure and responsibility.

Chelf is a fifth-year senior who knows the Cowboys' system, has a nice blend of running and throwing ability and has earned the respect of his teammates and coaches.

But his limitations — his accuracy, most notably — showed up at key moments last season. He will need to be better in 2013 for OSU to remain a serious title contender, though getting first-team reps for an extended period for the first time of his career should prove beneficial.