Cowboys Spring Football: A-to-Z, Part 12

Leading up to the start of Oklahoma State's spring practice, we have been publishing a series the last few weeks in which Robert Allen has been 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.

J.W. Walsh, QB
6-2, 205, Jr.
Denton (Guyer), Texas
Walsh is a tremendous team leader and one of those type of players that you can never count out because his will is about as great as it gets. He is athletically gifted and also has a work ethic that is almost impossible to match. Talk about a coach on the field as he has the coaching gene. His weakness may be his desire to play so well as he is driven to do the best he can for his team. Last season he earned the starting position in fall camp and took over in the first quarter of the opener against Mississippi State and guided the Cowboys to a win, primarily making big plays with his legs. He can throw, but his throwing motion can also slip off some. Consistency is what he strives for and he has met it often as evidenced by 300-plus yard throwing games against Louisiana, Texas and Iowa State as a freshman and UTSA as a sophomore. He lost the quarterback job against TCU last season. He finished the year completing 59.5 percent of his passes for 1,333 yards with nine touchdowns and five interceptions. The quarterback's job will be his to win, but he will have to show he is improved over the middle of last season.

Blake Webb, IR
5-11, 190, RS-So.
The Woodlands, Texas
Played in the first three games last season before injuries shut him down and he sat out a red-shirt season after playing as a true freshman. He has missed all of the offseason competing in indoor track for Oklahoma State. He will be back for spring practice and then could compete for the track team in the remainder of the outdoor season. He has speed and he can catch the ball. The coaching staff has confidence that he will develop into a major playmaker.

Corion Webster, RB
5-11, 190, RS-Fr.
Atlanta, Texas
At one time in preseason camp there was a decision to make as to whether Webster or fellow freshman Rennie Childs would play and which one would red-shirt. It was close but Childs eventually played and Webster wore the shirt. He showed both speed and power and has a big upside. Like with all the backs, with Desmond Roland out for spring, now is the time to shine and move into contention.

Ryan Weese, K
6-1, 185, Jr.-Tr.
Hutchinson C.C., Kansas
Walk-on kicker for the spring that comes out of Hutchinson where he was 53-of-58 on PATs and 7-of-14 on field goals. Obviously, those numbers would have to improve greatly for him to be in contention.

Michael Wilson, OL
6-6, 300, So.
Aledo, Texas
Wilson was the "recruit" on the offensive line in the class of 2012. Now it's really his time to make a move or see younger linemen like Zach Crabtree move by him on the pecking order. Wilson has shown signs of being a guy close to ready and new OL coach Bob Connelly is ready for some of those guys to show up immediately. He's big, has good feet, and needs to show a little bit of mean streak.

Sam Wren, DE
6-2, 255, Sr.
Palestine, Texas/Arizona Western C.C.
One of my favorite Cowboys, Wren showed the ability to play aggressive against both the pass and the run last season. Like many junior college players, it took him a little bit to get comfortable but once he did the plays started coming. He finished with 22 tackles (10 unassisted), 2.0 tackles for loss, and 0.5 sacks, along with a forced fumble. He will be even better this season, and I expect the kind of performance that Cowboys fans won't forget. Big things for Sam Wren are expected.

Zach Yates, WR
6-0, 205, Sr.
Fort Gibson, Okla.
Another of the solid walk-on brigade that loves the game and loves being an Oklahoma State Cowboy. Yates played primarily scout team, but plays hard and is a good example to his teammates. He could be a candidate to help out on special teams with his size and abilities.


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