Cowboys Spring Football: A-to-Z, Part 5

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.

Zach Hargrove, OL
6-2, 356, Jr./Tr.
Tulsa (Edison), Okla./Tulsa C.C.
Former Edison High School player that went to community college and decided he wasn't through with football. He helps on scout team and he loves the game. He loves being on the team and in those ways he impacts the attitude of fellow players around him. A guy that definitely has a huge heart.

Beniah Harrigan, DT
6-1, 225, So.
Piscataway, N.J.
Almost the opposite of Hargrove, Harrigan is undersized but like Hargrove loves the game and loves being a part of the Cowboys. He helps in practice and has a great attitude.

Ofa Hautau, DT
6-2, 295, Sr./Tr.
Salt Lake City (East), Utah/Snow C.C.
He made a huge contribution last season after coming from junior college as he backed up at defensive tackle, logging a lot of snaps. He is naturally strong and plays with a lot of fight and a good motor. He finished with eight tackles, six unassisted, and he had two tackles for losses and a sack. He will factor more in the fall as he would be slated to start alongside James Castleman. His best strengths are his ability to hold a gap and pin down most of the time a pair of blockers. He has a good burst but running down plays is not a strength. He is better playing face up which is not unusual for big defensive tackles.

Austin Hays, WR
6-2, 190, RS-So.
San Antonio (Reagan), Texas
Hays could collect a number of apologies from other college coaches, recruiting analysts and even Oklahoma State fans, many of whom questioned why the Cowboys took him on signing day in 2012. He turned out to be the most productive receiver in that class as a freshman. Last season, his absence left a hole in the OSU offense and may have slowed it down some when he injured his hamstring in warm-ups before the final preseason scrimmage and was never able to make it back on the field and wound up red-shirting. Hays has speed, runs excellent routes and makes catches. He is not intimidated by any competition or the situation, and it will be a welcomed return for him this fall. He has got to be extremely eager to get back in the flow.

Colby Hegwood, OL
6-5, 315, Jr./Tr.
Flowood (Northwest Rankin), Miss./Pearl River C.C.
Hegwood was a late pickup last year in recruiting when OSU had some offensive line defections threaten the numbers enough that Joe Wickline asked to take Hegwood in just before summer school. He came in but was never able to make a move on the depth chart. He arrived at OSU with three seasons to play and that was a bonus. Now is a good time for him to pick it up and contribute with the low numbers and lack of experience on the offensive line.

Matthew Hirst, TE
6-3, 235, RS-Fr.
Flower Mound, Texas
An exciting pickup as a walk-on, Hirst red-shirted last season and was a contributor on special teams. Now he can jump in and see if he can find a place at either tight end or fullback. Special teams is another option. This spring will be another chance to make a first impression.

Tyler Holcomb, QB
6-3, 216, RS-Fr.
Edmond (Memorial), Okla.
A solid high school quarterback, Holcomb wants to be a part of a college football program and wants to coach. He gets a great education in the meeting room and on the practice field. He helps with scout team duties.

Jake Hubenak, QB
6-2, 195, RS-Fr.
Georgetown, Texas
I've said this before, Oklahoma State is fortunate to have Hubenak as he brings a good arm, athleticism, high football IQ, and leadership to the table. How schools like Texas State, North Texas, SMU and others missed on him I don't know. He should get some reps this spring and it would not surprise me if he challenged to be on the three deep at quarterback with Walsh and freshman Mason Rudolph being the top two. Daxx Garman is good but Hubenak is right there with him.

Ben Hughes, DT
6-3, 310, RS-Fr.
Waco (University), Texas
He showed what they wanted to see last summer and fall as he worked hard to get into much better shape and he displayed great effort and a willingness to listen and be coached. He has a good motor and moves really well. He needs to work on staying low and playing with leverage. He has all the tools and this spring it will be important for him from a competition standpoint and certainly a learning one as well. I expect a lot of good things from Hughes in the immediate future.

Cameron Hunter, WR
5-6, 173, So./Tr.
Denton (Guyer), Texas/Air Force
He's a smallish slot receiver type of athlete that sat out after transferring from Air Force. Don't know a lot about him, but he'll get a chance in spring. There is a wall of receivers in front of him on the depth chart.

Victor Irokansi, DE
6-3, 245, So.
Pflugerville (Hendrickson), Texas
He has had to fight off injuries and did not get a chance to play last season. He is playing catch up with what has become a stout core of defensive ends. This spring will be vital to his future opportunities. He came in with a lot of promise so it might just be getting back at it on a permanent basis.

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

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