Cowboys Spring Football: A-to-Z, Part 6

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.

Seth Jacobs, LB
6-2, 225, RSSo.
Arroyo Grande, Calif.
Jacobs finished last season with 11 tackles and a good number of those came on special teams. He was recruited with the "star" linebacker position in mind but he may have outgrown it. We are guessing he will be looked at throughout the spring as a multiple linebacker candidate. He is athletic and strong, looks the part, and seems to really be focused and determined to find his role on the defense. He might find his true fit at the weak-side linebacker position. The spring is the time to shine because more competition comes in this summer.

Blake Jarwin, TE
6-5, 240, RSSo.
Tuttle, Okla.
Tuttle has been a good place for Oklahoma State going all the way back to Josh Henson and then with the Bassett brothers, Cooper and now currently Dawson. Jarwin walked on and started to become very noticeable in fall camp both because of his size and his performance in practice. The coaches took note and he started playing on return units as a blocker and made the travel squad. He will need to stay ahead of the competition as it increases with a renewed emphasis on playing with a tight end in the offense. But Jarwin is a real factor on this football team.

Elliott Jeffcoat, DB
5-10, 185, Sr.
Batesburg-Leesville, S.C.
One of my favorite walk-ons on the squad, Jeffcoat saw Oklahoma State play on television and wanted to study agriculture, so it was a perfect fit. I watched him become a hero in the offseason competition day as a freshman when he won several events to help seal the championship for his team. He is athletic and has been listed on both sides of the ball with wide receiver his position when he was on offense. Defense fits him better and special teams are a natural fit as well. He finished with one tackle last season.

Lyndell Johnson, DB
6-3, 215, Sr.
Plano (East), Texas
Johnson has been a versatile performer who fans have cried constantly to see more. But he is truly a tweener, and by that I mean a tweener between a natural safety and the hybrid "star" linebacker in the Cowboys defense. He has really become a specialty player in the Cowboys specialty defensive personnel groups like "Speed" and "Cheetah." He makes a lot of tackles doing that and playing some special teams as he had 54 last season with 34 of those unassisted. He also had 4.5 tackles for loss and two fumble recoveries. Johnson is really strong on run support and in zone coverages. He is a physical player but not the kind of guy that you want battling an offensive guard or tackle.

Teddy Johnson, FB
5-11, 230, Sr.
Coppell, Texas
Here's your special teams do-it-all guy. Johnson walked on initially but is now on scholarship, and he earned it. Johnson is tough and also contributed some last season as a fullback after being listed as a backup linebacker on the roster his first several seasons. He finished last season with nine tackles total and seven of those were unassisted. It would not be a surprise for him to end up a special teams captain by the time his career closes.

Miketavius Jones, CB
5-10, 180, Jr.
Galena Park (North Shore), Texas
Jones served as a back-up all season and may have played his best game when he was needed in the Cotton Bowl. He finished the year with 13 tackles and 11 were unassisted. He also played a lot on special teams. With the departure of Justin Gilbert and Tyler Patmon, Jones could be a key performer in the secondary next season. The battle is shaping up for the Patmon role as the third corner for next season.

Here is a schedule for the rest of the series:
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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