Cowboys Spring Football: A-to-Z, Part 7

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.

Kevin King, K
5-10, 168, Jr./Tr.
Jenks, Okla./NEO A&M C.C.
Transferred to Oklahoma State from Northeastern Oklahoma A&M where he was the starting kicker and earned All-Southwest Junior College Football Conference honors in helping the Norse win a conference championship. He has solid ability and helps with special teams drills. One area he has been working on is strengthening his leg and getting better with longer range kicks and kickoffs.

Daniel Koenig, OT
6-6, 310, Sr.
Cape Coral, Fla.
Koenig is really the last of the group of linemen that started with players like Lane Taylor, Levy Adcock, Grant Garner, Nick Martinez and Jonathan Rush. Koenig will preside over a changing of the guard with new, young linemen assuming major roles on the offensive front under new leadership as veteran offensive line coach Bob Connelly takes over. Koenig bridges two eras. He has developed into a very good lineman with good feet and a mean streak to go with his athleticism. He is not a boisterous guy and won't likely be a vocal leader but can be a leader by example.

Jack Kurzu, OL
6-4, 310, RS-Fr.
St. Louis (Mary Institute and Country Day School), Mo.
Here is one of the younger new class of linemen and Kurzu is really starting fresh after missing most of last season with an injury he arrived with. He is big, strong, physical, and very smart. He is vastly inexperienced and will need to get a real feel for the caliber of competition he is facing now compared to what he saw in high school. He may not be a guy that breaks the two-deep this season, but he will at some point.

Richard Lagow, QB
6-6, 220, RS-Fr./Tr.
Plano, Texas/Univ. of Connecticut
I have no idea what happened but Lagow was checking into Oklahoma State as a walk-on right around the second week mark of classes in the fall semester, coming from Connecticut where he signed out of high school. He settled in and got some work on the scout team during the fall. He goes into the spring behind returning quarterback J.W. Walsh, new scholarship freshman Mason Rudolph, and fellow walk-ons Daxx Garman and Jake Hubenak.

Ashton Lampkin, CB
5-11, 185, Jr.
Arlington (Dunbar), Texas
Lampkin had a solid season and really came up big in the Baylor game and in the Cotton Bowl when injuries forced him to see more playing time. He was also outstanding on his work in special teams. He is a tremendous athlete with really good speed and body control. He finished the season with 24 tackles, and 19 of those were unassisted. He came in with Kevin Peterson and the two have had designs on being the starting corners since their arrival, Peterson assumed a starting position last season and Lampkin could get his this fall. His ability to be physical and be in press coverage will be important.

Ryan Lester, LB
5-10, 225, Sr.
Muskogee, Okla.
Lester is the epitome of that great attitude, hard working, tough as nails, walk-on that wants to be a part of the team and will do whatever the coaches ask him to do in the name of helping the team. He will be competing in his final spring, and honestly very few players that are non-scholarship dance all the dances like Lester.

Vili Levini, DE
6-4, 260
Hurst (L.D. Bell), Texas
Get ready because this has been building as Levini just continued to impress more each week during the fall with his work on special teams. In drill work, the offense tackles had their hands full with him as he combines quickness and strength in a package not seen often. He has a great attitude and is ready to become a major playmaker right away. This spring will be important in finishing the job of completing him to be ready to be an outstanding defensive end. The great thing is there are good examples for him at the position. No lid on his potential.

Paul Lewis, OL
6-3, 295, RS-So.
Galena Park (North Shore), Texas
This is a critical spring for Lewis and for Oklahoma State on the offensive line as new coach Bob Connelly will be looking for answers in putting together the puzzle of an OL two-deep. Lewis has played some center and guard in the past, and he needs to be ready to play all three positions (G-C-G). It should be his time to be ready to compete favorably for a starting role. He actually has more experience than most of the offensive line.

Taylor Lewis, CB
6-0, 180, RS-Fr.
DeSoto, Texas
Lewis comes in highly regarded from his play last season in drills and in scout team play where the offensive staff was very complimentary. He has speed and all kinds of athletic ability. If he and Darius Curry really come along the corner position could become a real strength for the Pokes. According to the defensive staff if a freshman had been needed to play last fall, Lewis would have been a prime candidate along with Curry.

Here is a schedule for the rest of the series:
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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