Cowboys Spring Football: A-to-Z, Part 11

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.

Tevin Talton, OL Preston, Okla.
Interesting walk-on when he tried out and he has turned out to be a nice pick up. He has good athletic skills and is strong. This spring would be important if he were to really make an impression, and with the losses to graduation, including early departures Jake Jenkins and Travis Cross, he might have a chance. He has a good attitude and is another of those hard workers that you can tell football means a lot to him.

Raymond Taylor, RB
5-7, 181, So.-Tr.
Wichita (Collegiate), Kan./Kansas State
Taylor made several plays in some of the three on three time last fall and also made some plays on special teams that grabbed your attention. He has some quickness to work with. We'll see what happens here in the spring. He started out at Kansas State.

Vincent Taylor, DT
6-3, 290, RS-Fr.
San Antonio (Madison), Texas
Looking forward to seeing Taylor this spring as he was almost used as a freshman last season. The redshirt wasn't totally pulled over his head (figuratively) until the start of conference play. Taylor and fellow freshman Ben Hughes could make a perfect combination inside on the defense line for the future as Hughes is a definite one technique and Taylor made for a perfect three technique. Taylor is a serious football player who loves the game and that shows when you watch him play. He and Hughes were impressive last season working the scout team and got a lot of good going against the top offensive line in practice.

Devon Thomas, RB
5-11, 205, Fr.
Broken Arrow, Okla.
He enrolled for the spring semester and that should give Thomas a serious advantage in this freshman class. He is learning as he goes and you can tell the offseason program was a pretty good awakening for him. A bigger back with good speed, he will need to learn how to use every skill he has and develop some in order to get in the mix early for playing time. I'm anxious to see his skills catching the ball out of the backfield.

Jeremiah Tshimanga, DE
6-2, 240, So.
North Richland Hills (Richland), Texas
Tshimanga was set back early in his career by a knee injury that cost him a season and an important learning year. He has since moved from linebacker to defensive end, which could give him a better chance for some playing time. A great story of perseverance and determination, Jeremiah is a fan favorite who Cowboy fans can't wait to see do well.

Zac Veatch, OL
6-4, 290, So.
Broken Arrow, Okla.
Veatch has seen some playing time working as a blocking tight end and a little time at center and guard. He first added center to his duties last spring and had some trouble with the shotgun snap. If he can conquer that, the position is there to win. If not, he could also wind up at the guard spot. Veatch and Paul Lewis may be the most important prospective answers to the offensive line depth situation this spring. I also like Veatch because he is tough and plays with a slight mean streak.

Here is a schedule for the rest of the series:
Wednesday, March 5 - W/X/Y/Z

Spring football begins on Monday, March 10.

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