One-on-One With Evan Epstein

Oklahoma State went through a full pad practice on Tuesday afternoon as the offense and defense spent time polishing plans and preparations for Saturday's opener against Savannah State. After practice we spoke with fifth-year senior and starting center Evan Epstein. The native of McKinney, Texas is pretty excited about experiencing his long awaited goal of starting for the Cowboys.

This has been one heckuva long journey. How are you feeling now that you a few days away from starting at center for Oklahoma State?
Epstein: It's a feeling that is really hard to put into words, but I can tell you I'm beyond excited. It has been a really long road. I feel confident with all the stuff that I've learned since I've been here and I can't wait to get out there on Saturday and play for Oklahoma State.

Do you think you are more excited for yourself or that your friends, family and teammates are more excited for you?
Epstein: That's a great question. I'm not so excited just to get out there and play, but to get out there and play along with my teammates. I've wanted to play next to Lane (Taylor), (Jonathan) Rush, and Parker (Graham) for years now, and now I get to play with a new quarterback and there are all these questions that everybody is asking. Everything is so exciting for this season. I'm really excited to get to play alongside my teammates more than anything.

Is Coach Wickline any different with you than when you saw him with Grant Garner the last two years? Does he act overly concerned since you are a new starter?
Epstein: Absolutely not, Coach Wick is the same to anyone. Just like he said to Grant, "I wish I had a center that could do this ..." He does the same thing to me and always compares me to Grant saying, "Grant would do it this way." It is fun and I've talked to Grant. He is Wickline, and that's all you can say.

Overall, Savannah State is not a real good football team, but one of their best players is a senior at defensive tackle. You can look at it but Terrence Williams is one of their best players and he is right on top of you.
Epstein: Absolutely, you can look at their record and say they are not a very good football team, but that doesn't necessarily mean anything. I saw that guy and he is a preseason first-team guy for his conference and I'm excited to go and play against him. I want to see how I stack up. I think it will be great preparation for all the games to come.

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