Q&A: OSU offensive lineman Levy Adcock, Grant Garner so close they ‘bleed together'

BY JASON KERSEY, Staff Writer, jkersey@opubco.com Published: August 29, 2011
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What about each other do you envy?

Adcock: I envy his work ethic, really. ... I don't think there's anything to envy about me — except for my hair.

Garner: I wish I had his frame — and his hair.

Adcock: He wishes he had my hair? Yeah right. That's believable.

Is there any play in particular that really stands out to you about the other guy?

Adcock: I remember we did a screen play — I don't remember who it was against — but I remember he ended up cutting two people in the same play, getting them down on the ground.

Garner: He's a good player. I think everything he does, he's good at. Overall, his body of work impresses me.

Is there anything embarrassing about the other guy that he wouldn't want you to say?

Adcock: (Laughs). That he's hairy.

Garner: Probably that coach Gundy called him a freak.


DUO THEY MOST RESEMBLE

George and Ringo

If the Beatles were the Fab Four, and Lennon and McCartney were the acclaimed songwriting duo, what about the other two guys? Exactly. That's the way it is for offensive linemen. Like George and Ringo, always in the background, Garner and Adcock provide the rhythm and the beat for the Cowboys' Helter Skelter attack.

FROM THE COACH

Offensive line coach Joe Wickline on the offensive line

“We've got a chance. It's a whole new year. Anybody who thinks it's not a new year, they haven't been in the business long. It's a whole new challenge. One of the better things that's going on with us is, the guys who are starting haven't played a lot, so it's still fresh to them; there's an innocence to the game. And they're all seniors, and they won't be playing a lot longer. Because of that, it kind of keeps that ‘I've arrived' entitlement attitude to the side.”

OSU OFFENSIVE LINE DYNAMIC DUO

Jon Kolb and John Ward, 1967-68

Oklahoma State has had five offensive line all-Americans. Two of them played together in 1967-68 after growing up in Greater Tulsa.

Kolb, from Owasso, played center; Ward, from Tulsa Rogers, played tackle.

Kolb was a two-time all-Big Eight pick who went on to start for four Pittsburgh Steeler Super Bowl champions. Ward played six NFL seasons, including on the Vikings' 1972 Super Bowl team.

The Cowboys were not blessed with great talent at the ballhandling positions in the 1960s. Put Kolb and Ward on the team with great tailbacks and receivers in the '70s, '80s and '00s, and they would be the stuff of legend.

POSITION ANALYSIS

Pegged by many analysts as the best offensive line in the Big 12, the Cowboys return all five starters from a year ago. And still, competition rages, giving the positions unrivaled depth. Tackle Levy Adcock is an All-American candidate and center Grant Garner is on the Rimington watch list. The group excels at both pass and run blocking.

Starters

 

T Michael Bowie 

6-4 

310 

Jr. 

G Jonathan Rush 

6-4 

305 

Sr. 

C Grant Garner 

6-3 

292 

Sr. 

G Lane Taylor 

6-3 

310 

Jr. 

T Levy Adcock 

6-6 

322 

Sr. 

Reserves

 

T Parker Graham 

6-7 

291 

So. 

T Daniel Koenig 

6-6 

290 

Fr. 

G Brandon Webb 

6-3 

315 

So. 

G Nick Martinez 

6-4 

310 

Sr. 

G Gerron Anthony 

6-3 

305 

Fr. 

C Casey LaBrue 

6-3 

280 

Sr. 

Unit Grade: A

There may not be a group in the country that works better together

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