Who's Next: From Sub To All-Big 12?

Every year there is at least one player who makes significant improvement from one season to the next. Josh Stewart caught 101 passes for 1,210 yards last season after catching just 19 passes as a freshman. Two years ago, Jamie Blatnick went from having to earn his way back on the team to earning first team All-Big 12 honors. So who is going to make the leap from backup to superstar this season?

We asked four different Oklahoma State players last week who they believe has been the most improved Cowboy since last spring through fall practices. If the four are even close to being correct, Cowboys fans could be in for an exciting 2013 season. That's because each of the four selected a different player or players.

The two Denton Guyer High School standouts – quarterback J.W. Walsh and the above mentioned Josh Stewart – will play significant roles for the Cowboys offense again in 2013. But don't be surprised to see Walsh and Stewart's high school teammate have an impact on the other side of the ball.

"I think Jimmy Bean is going to be a good surprise. Jimmy Bean, Sam Wren and Tyler Johnson, our ends are really doing a great job. They bring the pressure on the quarterback and that's going to help us out with an aggressive defense," said linebacker Ryan Simmons, who is expected to make the first start of his career Saturday against Mississippi State in the Texas Kickoff Classic.

"(Defensive end) is definitely a strength. It's a great surprise. Those guys just practice so hard. They're very fast and have good size. They are going to help our defense a lot," added Simmons.

Senior safety Daytawion Lowe says that Cowboys fans should keep their eye on Wren, and also mentions another newcomer.

"I really don't think that we have no guys under the radar. If I had to say somebody they haven't seen it would be Tyler Patmon or Sam Wren. I think one of them might come out and back a big impact," he said.

Parker Graham is the mainstay on the OSU offensive line, having started 18 games the past two seasons, including the last 15 in a row. He's blocked for NFL running backs Joseph Randle and Kendall Hunter during his college career. He knows what he's talking about when he says there's one running back on the Cowboys roster to keep an eye on this fall.

"That's a tough one. We've had a lot of guys make huge strides this year. Honestly, I think you're going to see a lot of good things from Jeremy Smith. He's going to surprise a lot of people," said Graham.

"I've got a lot of questions about what's the difference between him and Joe (Randle), and all that stuff. But I really think Jeremy is going to have a breakout year for us. Another guy that I think is going to have a great year for us is (receiver) Charlie Moore. We have tons of wide receivers that can make plays, tons of them, but I think him and Tracy (Moore) are going to have outstanding years. It will be a lot of fun for our offense."

Charlie Moore, however, points to another receiver as a player to watch.

"As far as from my position on the offensive side of the ball, David Glidden at slot receiver has made huge improvements. He's turned into a great ball player."

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