OSU football: Time for midseason grades

We've reached the midpoint of the OSU season, with the Cowboys sitting at 5-1 (2-1 Big 12), ranked in the top 20 of both major polls and still very much alive in a wide-open conference title race.
by Gina Mizell Published: October 20, 2013

SPECIAL TEAMS: C+

Difficult to rope all the areas of special teams into one category. OSU has been great on both sides of the return game, as Josh Stewart has already returned two punts for touchdowns while the kickoff coverage unit ranks sixth in the nation by allowing 16.94 yards per return. The kicking game, however, has been a different story. True freshman kicker Ben Grogan is just 6-of-12 on field goals this season, including a key 23-yard miss at West Virginia. Kip Smith has been sound overall as a punter, but will be most remembered so far for two bad boots that didn't make it 20 yards against the Mountaineers.

OFFENSIVE MVP: IR JOSH STEWART

The Cowboys' offense as a whole has regressed, but Stewart has remained one of the most dynamic playmakers in the conference. He's compiled 31 catches, 473 yards and two touchdowns so far this season, and his uncanny ability to make defenders miss in space makes him a threat to turn any touch into a big gain.

DEFENSIVE MVP: LB CALEB LAVEY

The middle linebacker has been all over the field for the Cowboys this season, leading the team with 45 tackles (6.5 for loss) while adding 1.5 sacks, two interceptions, one forced fumble and a fumble recovery.

TOP NEWCOMERS: WR JHAJUAN SEALES AND CB TYLER PATMON

There was lots of buzz about Seales heading into the season, and the redshirt freshman has delivered, ranking third on the team with 20 catches and 270 yards. Patmon, a post-graduate transfer from Kansas, has seen his role increase as the season has gone along and has totaled five pass breakups and one interception.


by Gina Mizell
OSU Sports Reporter
Gina Mizell joined The Oklahoman in August of 2011 as the Oklahoma State beat writer, where she covered the Cowboys' historic run to the Big 12 championship and Fiesta Bowl in her first season on the job. Before arriving in Stillwater, Gina was...
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