OSU notebook: Cowboys' uniforms debut to mixed results

by Gina Mizell Published: September 3, 2011
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WICKLINE KEEPS 'EM GUESSING

OSU offensive line coach Joe Wickline joked in the preseason about getting grief for his “musical chairs” style of shuffling his players.

Depth charts for the offensive line are often accompanied by “Or.”

While Wickline used the same starting five for every game a year ago, once underway, he might change out players or simply shift a guy from guard to tackle, or vice versa.

And so it went Saturday night.

Michael Bowie, projected to open at left tackle, didn't start, with Parker Graham instead getting the nod. And Taylor didn't start for the first time in two seasons, replaced by Martinez.

Bowie and Taylor, however, both went out for the second series.

WILSON YOUMAN: WHOA, MAN

Cowboys senior Wilson Youman spent much of the preseason wearing a split jersey — half orange, half white — a fun nod ordered by Gundy in recognition of Youman's time spent on both sides of the ball.

No split jersey for Youman against Lafayette, yet he did go both ways and more, playing defensive end, tight end and serving time on special teams.

SIMS TWEETS DISPLEASURE

Cowboys true freshman running back Herschel Sims, who is listed as the team's third back behind Joseph Randle and Jeremy Smith, got no carries in the team's win over Louisiana-Lafayette on Saturday.

When asked why, offensive coordinator Todd Monken said that Sims has been battling unspecified injuries and isn't healthy.

Desmond Roland, another true freshman, got the leftover carries, rushing eight times for 61 yards.

After the game, Sims tweeted: “That's (expletive) enough said.”

FRESH FACES: FRESHMEN GET INVOLVED

The Cowboys used seven true freshmen against Lafayette: Roland, linebackers Ryan Simmons, Lyndell Johnson and Nico Ornelas, defensive tackle James Castleman, defensive end Jimmy Bean and wide receiver Josh Stewart.

DROPPED PICKS LINGER

Oklahoma State's first-team defense didn't give up any touchdowns in its 61-34 win over Louisiana-Lafayette, but there is always room for improvement, Young said.

Sophomore cornerback Devin Hedgepeth came up with the Cowboys' only interception, though Young said there were more that were left on the field.

“We dropped some interceptions; we had three or four opportunities there,” Young said.

Hedgepeth said: “We had our hands on a lot of balls tonight that we didn't come up with; we need to get the sure interceptions.”

EVERYONE ON DEFENSE PLAYS

Every defensive player on the Cowboys' roster that was eligible to play did in the team's 61-34 win over Louisiana-Lafayette on Saturday, defensive coordinator Young said.

“We played so many people,” Young said. “I don't know the exact number, but we played everybody on the bench that was eligible to play on defense.”

The Cowboys' first unit didn't give up any points, but the Ragin' Cajuns scored lots of late points against the reserves.

“Our first and second units played pretty good; our third stunk,” Young said. “We gave up a ton of points with those guys. They need to play, but they need to respond and play better.”


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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