Orange-White Game: Players To Watch

I think you have to hand it to Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy and the Cowboys coaching staff as they did an excellent job of splitting up the team for the Orange-White spring game on Saturday. J.W. Walsh is a bonus playmaker on the White team with his ability to run, so that kind of evens out that Mason Rudolph, the Orange team quarterback, has Rennie Childs to hand the ball to.

Both of those quarterbacks have ample receivers to throw to and remember the Cowboys backs (tight ends and fullbacks) group is playing for both sides. Blake Jarwin, Jordan Frazier, big Zac Veatch, and up-and-coming Britton Abbott are all good hands for both blocking and catching a pass or two.

In fact, Abbott, a redshirt walk-on from Liberal, Kan., is a real bonus player. His dad was a standout at Tulsa in college, a real hard-hitting linebacker and Abbott is developing into another player in the line of Jeremy Seaton and Jarwin.

On the defensive side, defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah will play on the Orange team where he will have to face, depending on which side he lines up, either 6-7, 340-pound transfer and starting left tackle Victor Salako or ever improving right tackle Zach Crabtree.

Two of the most veteran cornerbacks, Ashton Lampkin and Ramon Richards, are on the Orange team and will be challenged by the arm of Rudolph and his likely targets in James Washington, Chris Lacy and Austin Hays. The match-ups will be fun for fans to zero in on.

As for an outcome, I will predict a White win but by the slimmest of margins. Let's say White 24, Orange 21. Remember there is no Ben Grogan as he is rehabbing from a hip procedure.

We also don't expect to see defensive tackle Vili Leveni (hand), Cowboy back Jeremy Seaton (back), inside receiver David Glidden (shoulder), and center Brad Lundblade (lower leg). All injuries are not expected to keep players from missing even any of the summer conditioning program. Running back Todd Mays (knee) and wide receiver Brandon Sheperd (finger) are possible, meaning that could play some or be held out of the game.

Players to Watch
Orange
5 Jerel Morrow, CB, 6-0, 190, So.
Speedster that is not just playing corner but competing for a starting job at safety. He is coming on and gives you extra speed at the safety and a player with better than average cover ability.

6 Keenen Brown, WR, 6-3, 205, RS-Fr.
He could be the big playmaker in the passing game for J.W. Walsh. He is big, fast and has had a dynamite spring. Think Adarius Bowman as that is exactly who he reminds me of. You will really like this guy.

9 Gyasi Akem, Star, 6-1, 215, So.
Played some last season but he looks different physically and he has played well. He is one of those really improving second-year players.

64 Jesse Robinson, OG, 6-6, 310, So.
Made a huge difference when he entered the starting lineup after the Baylor game last season. He and Crabtree, who are split up in this game, present a really strong half of an offensive line on the right side. He is a masher than can move his feet.

80 Kameron Doolittle, WR, 5-8, 200, Sr.
Doolittle (pictured above) is stronger, faster and is playing a lot as a walk-on.

94 Jordan Brailford, DE, 6-3, 240, RS-Fr.
The strength program has served him well and the light is coming on. He gets better every day and is really athletic and quick out on the edge.

White
2 Darius Curry, CB, 6-1, 195, So.
Curry is in good shape and has had a good spring. He starts on the White opposite Kevin Peterson so he will be challenged by Walsh and the Orange team.

10 Mason Rudolph, QB, 6-4, 235, So.
Probably don't need to put his name in here but he's improved and I know you will watch. Watch how he interacts with his teammates and his leadership which you can see in body language alone. You want to see him throw and I don't blame you.

23 Rennie Childs, RB, 5-10, 200, Jr.
You know him, but this is a five-pounds-lighter, half-a-second faster (in the forty) and a very determined Rennie Childs. He has had an excellent spring.

45 Chad Whitener, MLB, 6-1, 240, So.
Transfer from California who has been outstanding and is running second at middle linebacker behind Ryan Simmons. He will give Simmons a chance to get a breather and not have to play as many snaps. He is the MLB of the future.

He doesn't look like a 300-pounder plus and he is athletic. He still gets out of place at times but he can make plays.

73 Victor Salako, OT, 6-7, 340, Jr.
Oklahoma State has just not been able to get offensive tackles that look like Salako. He is big and athletic and a quarterback's best friend.


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