The Cowboys of Oklahoma State are fresh off their worse season since 2007. It was a rebuilding season, but it did not go as planned. One bright spot is that the starting quarter back is solidified, and hopefully the rest of the offense will follow suite quickly.
Mason Rudolph appears ready to take over the helm at the quarterback position this year, having given up his redshirt last year to guide the team through the final few weeks. He will be joined by some returning playmakers, especially at the wide receiver position. Nine of the top 10 pass catchers from a season ago will be returning, including Brandon Sheperd and James Washington. They are physical and fast, and should be ready to dominate all but the most experienced defensive backs. Redshirt freshman Keenen Brown will be ready to go this season, and he is already proving to be rather impressive in spring training. The offensive line also looks to be much be improved. This is aided by addition of left tackle Victor Salako who comes over from UAB. The running back position continues to be a question mark, but a junior college recruit Chris Carson will be ready to go this season, and he hope to be the answer the Cowboys have been looking for.
The defense is loaded at Oklahoma State, and that should help the team rebound from its poor showing last season. Every position has returning stars, beginning with defensive end Emmanual Ogbah. He alone accounted for 11 sacks and 17 tackles for a lost last season on his way to the Big 12 Defensive Lineman of the Year Award. Senior Jimmy Bean at the other end will join him. Sophomore Vincent Taylor is also showing great stuff at Spring Training, so he should be a force to be reckoned with as well. At the linebacker position, senior Ryan Simmon will be back, as will cornerback Kevin Peterson. This is a young secondary, but is very talented. They should not have to work as hard as last season, given the resurgence of the offense. Look for the Cowboys to find fourth in the Big 12, and finish just outside the top 25 nationally.
Head Coach Mike Gundy will look to turn things around the Cowboys and come away with wins against tough opponents including TCU, Baylor, and Oklahoma.
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