Cowboys Spring Football: A-to-Z, Part 3

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.

Devin Davis, OT
6-5, 305, Jr.
Nacogdoches, Texas
I'm pretty sure I don't have to repeat this story as Davis was injured during a morning practice last August in fall camp and had to be carted off the practice field. Most of us had a good idea when it happened that it was an ACL injury, and it ended up being that and a little more. He was slated to be an anchor on the offensive line with his strength and athleticism at left tackle. It took the offensive line a long time to recover from his loss and find the combination that worked. The one good aspect of it was that it happened early and gave him a full year to rehab for the 2014 season. He will not participate in spring, at least in any contact work, but should be out there getting a good feel of what new offensive line coach Bob Connelly expects. He will be a junior and loses last season after red-shirting as a freshman. An appeal might get it back but that would be after his senior season.

Eric Davis, DT
6-3, 275, So.
Tyler (John Tyler), Texas
He should be making a bid for the two-deep as a three technique after coming in originally as a defensive end. Davis has talent but his body puts him in there as a "tweener" between tackle and end. He must rely on his quickness and I've seen him make a fair share of plays. Last season he had one tackle. This spring is important for him.

Derek Deeds, DB
5-9, 194, So.
Yukon, Okla./Washburn University, Kansas
Transferred from Washburn and sat out last season. He has ability and was a great help on the scout team. I could also see him making a bid for work on special teams units. His height is a disadvantage, but good tackling and knowing what he is supposed to do will make up for that some.

Kameron Doolittle, WR
5-8, 190, Jr. Doolittle made a strong impression last spring and caught a pass in the spring game. He has good hands, runs good routes, and is able to avoid tackles in space. He redshirted last season and will have a chance this spring. The departure of Josh Stewart might help because Doolittle is the same kind of player, but the arrival of speedster Tyreek Hill and competition from other scholarship slot receivers will be thick.

Chance Douthit, OL
6-4, 275, RS-Fr.
Gore, Okla.
Douthit had better bust his tail in offseason conditioning and get as big and strong as he can and still move. There are openings on the offensive line, and unlike some other positions offensive linemen can certainly be made rather than needing strict genetic and athletic traits to win the job. He has shown ability in working scout teams last fall. Numbers alone make all offensive linemen valuable going into spring practice.

Brendan Fagan, WR
6-2, 190, Jr.
Flower Mound (Marcus), Texas
Fagan is a walk-on that has good size and ability but is at a position that also has a lot of numbers, a lot of scholarship players, and most of them are very talented. His size definitely gets your attention and he'll need a break or two to get close to the depth chart. Special teams might be a possibility because of his size and strength.

Zach Fairies, DS
6-3, 220, So./Tr.
Edinburgh, Texas/Texas Southern
He went to Texas Southern as a tight end and wound up starting at deep snapper where he finished last season with three tackles, a big number of tackles for a snapper. He just reported in at the start of the spring semester, so he is going through offseason. He will provide in practice competition for red-shirt freshman deep snapper Kaleb Smith. Fairies will have to sit out next season as a transfer.

Tre Flowers, DB/S
6-3, 185, RS-Fr.
Converse (Judson), Texas
He made a strong impression during fall camp, the season and bowl practices on both scout team and working with the regular defense. He is looked at as a potential contributor in 2014 on both defense and special teams. He provides good height at the safety position and is very athletic. He is currently not doing drills in offseason as he competes in indoor track and field with long jumping. He most recently had a jump of 23 feet, 3.5 inches in Fayetteville, Ark.

DeShawn Franklin, DB/S
5-11, 190, Sr.
Gainesville, Texas
Franklin is a good athlete who has a chance to play and has been a steady contributor in practice. This spring is critical as it is now or never to set himself up for any opportunity in the fall, whether it is on the depth chart or on special teams. No shame in what he has done for the program, but you know he would like a chance to get on the field.

Jordan Frazier, TE
6-6, 247, Fr.
Springfield (Lighthouse Christian), Mo.
He comes in brand new after de-committing from Illinois and signing with Oklahoma State. Watching tape he is a solid blocker that often dominates smaller targets, and he runs good routes and has good hands. It was obvious he was one of the better athletes on the field in leading his school to the National Homeschool Championship. This spring could give him the work and maturity to play as a true freshman.

Here is a schedule for the rest of the series:
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 will begin on Monday, March 10.


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