Cowboys Impress Fox Sports Reporter

Most Oklahomans are used to seeing Lesley McCaslin on Fox Sports Oklahoma's telecasts of the Oklahoma City Thunder as the team's courtside television reporter. But McCaslin is a native of Lubbock, Texas and a graduate of the University of Texas so she is quite versed in football and college football.

In fact, her assignments in the spring include anchoring the spring football preview shows from both Oklahoma State and Oklahoma. McCaslin also is involved as a sideline reporter on Fox Sports Southwest college football telecasts in the fall before her Thunder broadcast duties ramp up.

Monday, McCaslin was in the West End Zone headquarters for Oklahoma State football along with a Fox Sports crew that also included producer Clark Rowe to tape the segments including interviews with head coach Mike Gundy, the Cowboys coordinators Mike Yurcich on offense and Glenn Spencer on defense, and players like quarterback Mason Rudolph and defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah.

McCaslin basically told us the vibe she received being around the Cowboys was very positive.

"Well I think it is amazing how a win over OU and a win in your bowl game can make the whole season seem different," McCaslin said. "I think that changed the entire chemistry and mentality of that team coming into spring.

"They are excited and it went from we have a young talented team that went through that five-game losing streak to the fact that those guys all got to play and now we're really deep at a lot of these positions and really experienced at most of these positions."

McCaslin had done her homework as she had questions ready to ask about Rudolph at quarterback, the offensive line, running back and what the Cowboys have prior to the arrival of Butler Community College standout Chris Carson this summer, and defensive tackle where starters James Castleman and Ofa Hautau are hoping to hear their name called in the NFL Draft or at least signed immediately after to free agent contracts.

"I got the feeing that there aren't many areas, if any, that they are looking at as weaknesses," McCaslin said. "They seem pretty excited top to bottom about what they have coming back. I think (Mike) Gundy mentioned that he has about 10 wide receivers that he could see playing. They have a clear cut starting quarterback for the first time in forever.

"You talk about injuries, and I've seen more than enough this season with the Thunder, but Oklahoma State has had their share over the years and at quarterback that is obviously, one of the most important positions. I think that is off the table as they know Mason is the guy and they have such a great backup and leader in J.W. Walsh. Then on defense you have leaders like (linebacker) Ryan Simmons and Emmanuel Ogbah to be excited about. They don't seem to have many concerns except for if they can stay healthy."

McCaslin felt it was also easy to pick up one of the aspects of his team that Gundy is most excited about.

"He talked a lot about the speed this team has, especially on defense," McCaslin said. "Of course, in spring everybody is excited to be out there but I think the Big 12 is pretty wide open and I think that Oklahoma State has a lot of experience and a lot of talent. I think they will be right in there."

The spring football preview special on Oklahoma State is first slated to air on Fox Sports Oklahoma and Fox Sports Southwest at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 6.


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