Cowboys Spring Football: A-to-Z, Part 2

Leading up to the start of Oklahoma State's spring practice on March 10, we are restarting a series we began several years ago for Go Pokes Magazine. We will be evaluating each and every player in the Cowboys football program, comparing where they currently stand on the team with what they have accomplished, and what their chances are of moving up on the depth chart next season.

Remember, we will only be looking at players participating in spring practice or currently with the football program.

Grant Canis, OL
6-2, 280, RSSo.
Midland, Texas
With the injuries and unexpected early departures on the offensive line of players like Jake Jenkins and Travis Cross any good walk-on candidate is gong to get more attention and development, and Canis may be the best of the walkons. He was solid last season in practice and gave great effort making him popular with the coaching staff. He's a smart player too. All this should help, and he will be interesting to watch develop in the spring.

Keegan Carter, K
6-2, 185, So.
Edmond (Oklahoma Christian), Okla./Transfer Texas Tech
Transfer kicker from Texas Tech. He came out of high school talented and was a preferred walk-on with the Red Raiders. The hope would be that he kicks well and creates competition this spring with returning starter Ben Grogan.

James Castleman, DT
6-2, 296, Sr.
Amarillo, Texas
Wow, how time flies. Already Castleman is looking at his senior season. He has been outstanding and certainly benefitted from playing with Calvin Barnett. He should become the number one steadying force and playmaker in the interior of the Cowboys defensive line. Last season he finished with 33 tackles (24 unassisted) and five tackles for loss, a sack, two fumbles recovered, one fumble caused, and two blocked kicks. He is so athletic and now really strong too. His future is up to him as he could be an All-American-type player and a supreme NFL prospect. The table is set and it moves where he wants it to with his senior season.

Kris Catlin, LB
6-1, 225, Jr.
San Antonio (Madison), Texas
Catlin made his most significant improvement from the 2012 season through spring and the 2013 season as defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer used him more and more in the defense. He finished with 13 tackles (10 unassisted). There is room to grow this season with the loss of so many linebackers off the roster. He is primed to get a great shot at the weak side linebacker position with the expected move of last year's starter Ryan Simmons to the middle.

Rennie Childs, RB
5-10, 190, So.
Houston (Cypress Ridge), Texas Trace Clark, DE
6-4, 250, So.
Wichita (Collegiate), Kansas
Clark was on the brink of the two-deep and maybe even in the two-deep to start last season. He was getting lots of playing time but as the season wore on Emmanuel Ogbah and once injured Jimmy Bean came on to move by. Clark finished with 10 tackles (4 unassisted) and 1.5 tackles for loss. Clark has all the ability and potential he needs. It is going to be a real battle at defensive end for positions on the depth chart where there is a lot of talent.

Jaren Colston-Green, WR
6-2, 170, RSFr.
Tallahassee (Leon), Fla.
A long way from home, Colston-Green came by way of prep school in Atlanta. He has talent and showed it in practice. The key for him will be getting stronger in the offseason program and then coming out and taking advantage of every opportunity he gets in the spring as the wide receiver position is very crowded.

Zachary Crabtree, OL
6-7, 285, RSFr.
Mansfield, Texas Deonte Cruse, DT
6-0, 290, Sr.
Murfreesboro (Siegel), Tenn./NEO A&M J.C., Okla.
Cruse was a starter and all-conference performer at NEO A&M and he turned down scholarship offers to several schools including Grambling State to come to Oklahoma State as a walk-on. He has been a strong performer on the scout team and last season finished with a tackle during the regular season in the Lamar game. He has ability and in the spring will get some reps that could move him into more playing time on Saturdays.

C.J. Curry, WR
6-2, 210, RSSo.
Flowery Branch, Ga.
Curry made huge headway during the season after slipping behind some of the younger receivers during fall camp in August and the previous spring. Curry has a big frame and is really strong and that might make him more of a possibility to play at the slot position or even an H-back type of role. He is also a dependable blocker. He finished with one catch for 10 yards, but he definitely became more of a playing possibility as the season wore on. This spring will be huge for him to find and help define his role with receivers coaches Kasey Dunn and Jason Ray.

Darius Curry, CB/S
6-1, 205, RSFr.
Flowery Branch, Ga.
Curry arrived as a cornerback but like his older brother he wasn't through growing and in the weight room and with the help of the training table has become naturally bigger. He's put on solid 10 ot 15 pounds of muscle and is now looked at as a possibility at safety. He redshirted last season but got lots of experience going against the Cowboys talented receiver corps while playing on the scout team. He saw action on the scout team as a corner, safety and also nickel back. He is a physical player, good tackler, and should instantly be a candidate for all special teams especially cover units. He'll be behind two fellow classmates at safety in Jordan Sterns and Deric Robertson, who both played last season.

Here is a schedule for the rest of the series:
Monday, Feb. 17 - D/E/F
Wednesday, Feb. 19 - H/I
Thursday, Feb. 20 - J
Sunday, Feb. 23 - L/M
Monday, Feb. 24 - N/O/P
Wednesday, Feb. 26 - Q/R
Thursday, Feb. 27 - S/T
Sunday, March 2 - U/V
Monday, March 3 - W
Wednesday, March 5 -X/Y/Z

Spring football is slated to begin on Monday, March 10.


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