Cowboys Spring Football: A-to-Z, Part 4

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.

Daxx Garman, QB, 6-2, 205, Jr./Tr.
Southlake (Carroll), Texas/Univ. of Arizona
How many times have you heard a Cowboys fan say, 'I wish I could see that Daxx Garman play so I could know what he can do?' I've heard it a bunch, and even though I saw Garman play some at Jones High School, I'd love to see what he can do now. He has shown ability in practice especially with seven-on-seven, but his reps in team drills have been limited. Garman has a strong arm and threw for more than 2,500 yards and 26 touchdowns as a junior at Jones. After that you could say that Garman has a had a hard luck career. Now some of the hard luck is a product of his own doing or that of his family. The move before his senior year backfired when he was ineligible, according to Texas UIL rules. He went to Arizona on scholarship only to see Mike Stoops fired, Rich Rodriguez hired and an offense installed that did not fit his talents. Head coach Mike Gundy has said that Garman will get enough reps this spring to compete along with J.W. Walsh and freshman Mason Rudolph. Now is the time for Garman to be ready to show off.

Brandon Garrett, OT
6-5, 295, Jr./Tr.
Deer Park, Texas/Trinity Valley C.C.
Garrett became the answer most of the time at right tackle on the offensive line. He is a solid blocker that makes few mental mistakes. The problem is that this spring he will have to watch because of the terrible broken leg he suffered in the Cotton Bowl against Missouri. He was in surgery that night before the game reached halftime and had a metal rod inserted to fix the break. He is expected to be ready in August for fall camp.

Otis Gates, RB
5-7, 185, So.
Newman, Ga.
A walk-on that has made some plays in practice and in scrimmages that were pretty fun. He has some electricity, but he is small at 5-7, 185 pounds.

David Glidden, IR
5-7, 185, Jr.
Mustang, Okla.
The same size as Gates, but as a slot receiver Glidden is fine. In fact, he's being counted upon to continue developing and have a major role in the offense. Last season, he caught 15 passes for 173 yards, an average of 12 yards a catch. He also has been involved with punt returns, but I really think his play there may be limited in the future as he had a tough time handling punts in a game last season. He will continue to be a factor on offense as he has a good knack of getting open. He has escapability in space.

Chazten Gonzales, WR
6-0, 185, So.
Del City, Okla.
Still trying to find his way, Gonzales was an all-purpose quarterback in high school at Del City. He originally signed with TCU but did not attend school there. He has good size (6-0, 185) and speed. He contributed on scout teams and he could become a contributor on special teams and even find some snaps with improvement in practice.

Camerion Gravelle, WR
6-0, 185, Sr.
Austin (Anderson), Texas
A popular player with teammates and a good attitude guy, Gravelle has been around a long time and has contributed greatly as a practice player on scout teams. He is heading into his senior season and it will be hard for him to break in for any regular duty on the depth chart.

Chris Grisbhy, OT
6-5, 325, Sr./Tr.
Clute (Brazoswood), Texas/Blinn C.C.
Along with Garrett, he played regular snaps at right tackle throughout the season. He was solid and is stronger at run blocking but has to work on his pass protection. When he came in for the injured Garrett in the Cotton Bowl he performed well but had a couple of tough plays in the second half including the late sack that helped Missouri clinch the game.

Ben Grogan, K
6-1, 175, So.
Arlington (Martin), Texas
I have a theory on Grogan, who took some grief from Oklahoma State fans during the season. He was a two-time All-State kicker in high school and had three field goals from beyond 50 yards in one game. Last season he struggled, mainly early, but neither Dan Bailey nor Quinn Sharp had to kick as a true freshman. Jason Ricks did back in the day and he broke down mentally as a senior. It's a mental game more than anything else and it is much different in that regard than in high school. I think you will see Grogan do really well as a sophomore. He finished his freshman season making 11 of 18 field goals. He was 5-of-6 from 20 to 29 yards, 4 of 7 from 30 to 39 yards, and 2 of 5 from 40 to 49-yards. I think you'll see Grogan do much better. However, watch out down the line as the mental aspect of this can be very fragile.

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

Spring football begins on Monday, March 10.

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