Cowboys Football: Spring Position Updates

The Oklahoma State Cowboys head into week four of spring football for workouts Nos. 10, 11 and 12, and one of those will be a scrimmage. The scrimmage could come as soon as Monday or Wednesday, but it may be Friday if the weather acts up this week, and there is a chance it might. Here is a summation on how each position is looking based on coach's and player's opinions.

Quarterbacks: The general feeling is that J.W. Walsh has a slight advantage but it is still close and competitive, according to head coach Mike Gundy and offensive coordinator Todd Monken.

Gundy reported on Wednesday that new freshman Wes Lunt is still in the competition. He has thrown some deep balls really well and is to the point that he knows the offense well enough to make things happen.

My personal opinion is the job and who wins it comes down to the quarterback that takes care of the football the best. There are enough playmakers on offense and the defense should be improved enough that if you don't turn the ball over then there is a great chance for success.

Running Backs: This could not be better as Joseph Randle and Jeremy Smith are each having an excellent spring practice, and Herschel Sims and Desmond Roland have improved. This is one of the best positions on the team.

Receivers: Tracy Moore has really adapted to the move outside and is catching the ball well and moving well. Keep an eye on Charlie Moore, who according to coaches at the clinic that watched practice on Friday thought that he made some highlight catches. Moore has the kind of speed that can stretch the defense vertically.

Inside, Blake Jackson and Josh Stewart continue to impress with David Glidden also showing up a bunch. Isaiah Anderson and Torrance Carr are also making plays. The receiver position is getting deeper and more productive as the spring rolls on.

Tight Ends and Fullbacks: Appears good, but a full scrimmage is where those guys get a chance to show up more.

Offensive Line: Center Evan Epstein missing practices on Monday and Wednesday last week to illness was a big reason the scrimmage on Wednesday was postponed. The offensive line looks good with the center position still to be finalized. Depth is improving.

Defensive Tackles: Anthony Rogers told the media that the tackles are doing fine and a big reason for that is that junior college transfer and former Tulsa Washington star Calvin Barnett has come in and played at a high level. The head coach is spending a lot of time with the defensive and offensive linemen as he wants to see that aggressive play continue to peak.

Defensive Ends: Nigel Nicholas is playing really well and the position is in good hands. Cooper Bassett misses a lot of Wednesday practices with a classroom lab, which is why a move of the scrimmage could benefit his participation. Behind the top pairs, Jimmy Bean and walk-on Taylor May are both playing well.

Linebackers: All three returning starters are fine, but keep an eye on Ryan Simmons in the middle and Nico Ornelas at the weakside as those two are improving on a daily basis. Honestly, it feels like linebackers may be the second best position in terms of talent and depth next to running back. Cornerback may be in the running too.

Cornerbacks: Starters Brodrick Brown and Justin Gilbert are really good and the competition between those two and the receivers is really a positive. Both sides are very into it and it is stiff. Andrae May has really improved and may qualify as one of the most improved on the team.

Safeties: This is the other position, along with quarterback and center, where a decision has to be made. Levocheya Cooper is hanging on at strong safety with Shamiel Gary and Zack Craig still battling. Daytawion Lowe is sensational at free safety, but all eyes will be on the strong safeties as someone will have to determine the starter heading into the fall.

Special Teams: It gets work every day with the emphasis last week on punting and punt returns. Quinn Sharp is doing fine with Bobby Stonebraker getting lots of work as well.

Remaining Spring Schedule (subject to change)
Monday, April 9, 3:45 pm (possible scrimmage)
Wednesday, April 11, 3:45 pm (possible scrimmage)
Friday, April 13, 3:45 pm
Monday, April 16, 3:45 pm
Wednesday, April 18, 3:45 pm
Saturday, April 21, 12:30 pm (Spring Football Finale and Scrimmage)


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