Cactus Bowl: Five Things To Watch

Here are five things to watch for in Friday night's TicketCity Cactus Bowl game between Oklahoma State and Washington. Kickoff is scheduled for 9:15 p.m. (Central time).

1. How do the Cowboys line up on the offensive line?
I think you will see the line with Michael Wilson at left tackle, Chris Grisbhy at left guard, Brad Lundblade and Paul Lewis both at center, Jesse Robinson at left guard, and Zach Crabtree at right tackle. That has been the most effective lineup, along with the presence of Zac Veatch working as a tight end in heavy situations. Sometimes the younger guys are the ones to go with.

2. Expect more from quarterback Mason Rudolph in his third start.
Rudolph has been good but my opinion is he is just scratching the surface. He gets better all the time in practice and he is a "gym rat" in his work ethic to the game and that is similar to J.W. Walsh. Those two have hit it off and will be pushing each other in the spring.

3. Speaking of Walsh, look for him on the sidelines suited up Friday night.
Walsh, after spending much of the season since his injury watching from the tunnel entrance the Cowboys use at Boone Pickens Stadium, will be suited up on the sidelines. He has practiced this past week in Arizona and is moving around okay. He will not play at all in the game but his presence in the bench area will be a positive.

4. Who will be involved in returns with the loss of Tyreek Hill?
I think you will see a lot of Brandon Sheperd (pictured above) on returns, both kickoff and punt. Desmond Roland is also involved on kickoff returns and possibly look for freshmen Ramon Richards and James Washington too.

5. Who is the most dangerous player for the Washington Huskies?
I would say sophomore running back Dwayne Washington. The 6-2, 219-pound starting tailback finished the season with 119 carries for 655 rushing yards and 9 touchdowns. In the last two games of the season he had a 68-yard touchdown run against Oregon State and in the Apple Cup against Washington State he had touchdown runs of 60 and 51 yards. He has been the most explosive offensive player late in the season.

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