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OSU seniors have set a standard for future Cowboys

BY GINA MIZELL Published: November 27, 2011
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/articleid/3627193/1/pictures/1574240">Photo - Oklahoma State's Josh Cooper (25) celebrates a touchdown in front of Kansas' Isiah Barfield (19) during the first half of the college football game between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) and the University of Kansas Jayhawks (KU) at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma State's Josh Cooper (25) celebrates a touchdown in front of Kansas' Isiah Barfield (19) during the first half of the college football game between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) and the University of Kansas Jayhawks (KU) at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

Grant Garner, Levy Adcock and Nick Martinez have anchored an offensive line that has allowed only 21 sacks over the past two seasons, and Garner and Adcock have performed at an All-Big 12 level.

Jamie Blatnick is a story of redemption. Richetti Jones is a story of emotional and spiritual leadership. Markelle Martin's story is filled with ferocious hits.

Colton Chelf and Casey LaBrue started as walk-ons and earned a scholarship for their final season. Wilson Youman was willing to become an old-school, two-way player if that was his best way to help the team.

But the impact of the seniors has gone even deeper, Gundy said.

“More importantly than anything, what we ask our players to do is to leave some sort of mark on the program and the players that are younger than them,” Gundy said. “And they've done that. You go down the list, they're class individuals.”

OSU is set up to win for years to come because of the talent returning. But these seniors are who helped build and sustain elite success, and there's no doubt the younger players learned plenty from the veterans.

The seniors will leave the OSU program in much better shape than when they arrived and are poised to finish their careers with the best season in school history.

Can't ask for much more than that.


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