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What's wrong with the OSU offense?

by Jenni Carlson Modified: October 4, 2013 at 1:05 pm •  Published: October 4, 2013

It’s become the question of the week — what’s wrong with the Oklahoma State offense?

Crazy how much can change in a week.

But that’s what happens when you go to West Virginia and struggle in every way imaginable. Running. Passing. Catching. Blocking. Pretty much everything that the Cowboys had done pretty darn well the first three games of the season — and for the past several seasons — completely fell apart in Morgantown.

So, what’s the biggest issue?

I’ll let you check out the “Five In Five” segment of Press Row to get Berry Tramel’s answer, but after seeing that game at West Virginia, I believe the biggest problem is offensive line. The Cowboys lacked running lanes on run plays and time to pass on pass plays. The offensive line broke down again and again.

For years, we’ve seen Joe Wickline magically fix anything that ails his line. Have an injury? No problem. Lose a starter? Next man up.

But this year has been different. Devin Davis, who was set to start at left tackle, suffered a knee injury in the preseason. Parker Graham took that spot, and while Graham is likely the Cowboys’ best offensive lineman, he isn’t as good a left tackle as Davis would’ve been. And Graham’s move left a void at right guard. Wickline has tried three different starters in that spot and has yet to find a workable replacement.

At this point, he seems to be out of options.

That’s why the offensive line situation is the biggest, to me. The Cowboys have other options at their other offensive positions if things continue to trend downward. Clint Chelf for J.W. Walsh. Desmond Roland for Jeremy Smith. A bevy of receivers. But the offensive line has clearly looked for answers and found none.

by Jenni Carlson
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Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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