STILLWATER — While they couldn't come from more different backgrounds, Oklahoma State defensive linemen Richetti Jones and Jamie Blatnick sound like an old married couple that's been together for years.
One complains about the other's snoring. One complains about too many pranks.
But the two seniors get along swimmingly on the field and the Cowboys hope it pays dividends this season.
Do you remember the first time you met each other and what were your impressions?
Jones: The fist time I seen him I thought he was a defensive tackle and he had a very country accent.
Blatnik: The first time I saw Richetti he was limping around on crutches with a broke hip and I was wondering who was this guy.
What is the most annoying thing about Richetti?
Blatnik: He snores when he sleeps, extremely loud. He falls asleep like this (snapping his fingers) and he wakes up just as easy but then he falls right back to sleep just as fast. We room together so I will be sleeping and he will start snoring and I will hit the bed posts or something and just try to make a lot of noise.
What is the most annoying thing about Jamie?
Jones: With Jamie, you expect the unexpected. He's a prankster. When we go to our hotels or into the locker room and you are sitting next to Jamie, you know to inspect your whole area and make sure he didn't change anything. You got to watch him.
DUO THEY MOST RESEMBLE
Michael and Sonny Corleone
Smooth and cool, that's how Blatnick rolls, with an understated Mafia don style that is just right, befitting of Michael Corleone.
Always outrageous, and outspoken like Sonny, Jones majors in flamboyance, whether celebrating a sack or cutting up for the cameras, always with a wink.
As a tandem, they play off each other marvelously, bringing the muscle and packing the heat
FROM THE COACH
Defensive coordinator Bill Young on the defensive line
“As a group, there's no question we're getting better every day. We've got two seniors (Richetti Jones and Jamie Blatnik) in there who are doing a really good job of being leaders and teaching and coaching up the younger guys. At tackle, Nigel Nicholas, gollee, he's so much better than he was. At the other tackle, Chris Littlehead is doing a much better job. We've got Anthony Rogers and James Castleman, a young freshman is playing better than we thought he would at this time.”
OSU DEFENSIVE LINE DYNAMIC DUO
Phillip Dokes & James Duck White, 1974-75
Dokes came from Little Rock, White from Hot Springs, and the Arkansan defensive tackles formed an imposing front wall.
Dokes made all-Big Eight in 1974 and was all-American in '76; White made all-American in '75.
OSU's defense was formidable with Dokes and White together. In '74, the Cowboys held BYU to six points; Arkansas, Nebraska and Missouri to seven each; Kansas to 13; and Texas Tech to 14. In '75, OSU held Arkansas to 13, Tech to 16 and Colorado to 17.
Dokes went on to play two years in the NFL; White played eight years as a pro, all with the Vikings.
The most pressing question mark on this Cowboys team focuses on the defensive tackles, where both starters must be replaced. Coaches are confident they'll be at least OK, with Nigel Nicholas in line for a breakout and young help emerging. The ends are strong, with Richetti Jones and Jamie Blatnick coming off the best fall camps of their careers.
E Jamie Blatnick
T Nigel Nicholas
T Chris Littlehead
E Richetti Jones
E Cooper Bassett
E Ryan Robinson
T James Castleman
T Anthony Rogers
T Davidell Collins
Unit Grade: C+
While the ceiling is higher than recent years, the unknowns at tackle must play out.