Cowboys Spring Football: A-to-Z, Part 9

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 Peterson, CB
5-11 1/2, 190, Jr.
Wagoner, Okla.
One of the most athletic players on the team, he has speed and good strength and possess good technique in virtually all areas of cornerback play. He is excellent at man coverage. As displayed on several occasions last season, he is capable of coming back after a mistake and still locking in on a receiver and making the play. The few times opposing quarterbacks chose to challenge him in man coverage they paid for it with either break-ups or worse an interception. Several assistant coaches from other schools during the season praised his play and how difficult he makes it on quarterbacks. He should be a leader, albeit a quiet one, in the secondary for the next two seasons. Last season he finished with 24 tackles, two unassisted, three tackles for loss, two interceptions, and four passes broken up.

Easton Pingleton, WR
5-11, 185, RS-Fr.
Ada, Okla/
He's a walk-on receiver that redshirted last season out of Ada. Honestly, don't know much about him, but in his second season he will likely get more looks. This is a good time to make sure everybody knows that not just anyone can walk on. The numbers are tight for total players on the squad and the coaching staff and support staff scrutinize and tightly control walk-ons. If you cannot contribute and compete on a daily basis in practice then you don't stay on the squad.

Dillon Rake, LB
6-1, 210, So.
Southlake (Carroll), Texas
A really good player coming out of high school, Rake is a valuable walk-on who has helped on the scout and demonstration teams. He is a definite candidate for looks on special teams and could provide some depth at the linebacker position. This spring is important for him.

Dominic Ramacher, LB
6-3, 230, So.
Denton (Guyer), Texas
After moving from the offensive side over to linebacker, he has settled in and will get a chance to continue to play on special teams and also play on defense at either weak-side or middle linebacker. You can tell in offseason drills that he has matured more physically and is stronger. Last season, he finished with six tackles (three unassisted). He will get the chance for more this season. There is something about Ramacher that makes me believe he will play a significant role in the future.

Bryant Reber, CB
6-0, 188, Jr.
Leawood (Blue Valley), Kan.
Reber is athletic and has shown up some in the competition day events during offseason. He is on Team Koenig, a team that made it to the semifinals. He has a chance to play some on special teams and has helped on scout teams. He is another of those hard working young men that love the game and it shows.

Deric Robertson, S
6-2, 200, So.
Killeen, Texas
Robertson is one of the two freshmen, along with Jordan Sterns, who played last season in the secondary at safety. Robertson is a hard hitter who packs a punch and is a good tackler, and he has shown he can cover some as well. Coverage will be a focal point for him in the spring as he continues to work to improve but as a sophomore he will be a candidate to start in a very young safety position group. The son of two retired military officers, he is very mature and responsible, just what you want in an important spot on your defensive unit. Last season, he had four tackles (three unassisted).

Jesse Robinson, OL
6-6, 295, RS-Fr.
Bedford (L.D. Bell), Texas
Robinson is what you want to see physically when you are looking at young offensive linemen to step up. He is young coming off a redshirt year and like any young offensive lineman has a lot of work to do. This will be a crucial spring for him, as well as the vast majority of the young offensive linemen in the program. Robinson will factor at tackle where the Cowboys have some returning players. Depth is something that new offensive line coach Bob Connelly will be seeking and Robinson has a chance to help early in his career.

Desmond Roland, RB
6-2, 210, Sr.
Dallas (Lake Highlands), Texas
Roland came on like gangbusters when given the opportunity last season, finishing with 166 carries for 811 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns. He averaged right around 4.7 yards per carry. He runs big, meaning he runs straight on and doesn't lower his 6-2 frame much. However, he is often able to overpower defenders and he does have a speed burst that you might not anticipate. He will be held out of spring practice after offseason surgery, but it is an issue that should not come up again. It's not a nagging issue or one that will be repeated with the contact a running back draws.

Mason Rudolph, QB
6-4, 220, Fr.
Rock Hill (Northwestern), S.C.
Early enrollee and he seems to be getting along fine. He has already jumped in and been eager to learn the offense with plenty of film study on his own. He has also been seen throwing the ball and he throws just like you may have seen him in his high school tape. He has a pretty release and plenty of velocity. As Todd Monken used to like to say, "He can spin it." Spring football will be a sure sign of how far along he is and how ready he will be able to be come fall to challenge for playing time.

Here is a schedule for the rest of the series:
Sunday, March 2 - S
Monday, March 3 - T/U/V
Wednesday, March 5 - W/X/Y/Z

Spring football will begin on Monday, March 10.

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