Players That Cowboys Fans Should Get To Know

Tonight in Stillwater there will be 105 Oklahoma State football players that will be gathering and sleeping at their usual housing in Stillwater. Players were told to be back in town on Monday night so as there would be no late arrivals when the players begin checking in at 11 a.m. outside the locker room on the field level of the West End Zone complex in Boone Pickens Stadium.

The team will meet at 1:15 p.m. and then the first practice in shorts and helmets will be at 4:15 p.m.

Okay, we're not positive of the 105 list of initial reporting players but we think we are close. The remainder of the players in the program will be able to report on Monday, Aug. 17, which is the first day of classes.

Here are some players we expect to be practicing tomorrow and during fall camp that you might not be as familiar with.

Matt Ammendola, Fr., PK, 5-10, 185, Lansdale (North Penn.), Pa.
He made headlines with his trick kicks but he is more than legit as a kicking prospect as he put 41 of his 51 kickoffs out of the end zone in high school. He also broke the school record on field goal distance with a 56-yarder that eclipsed former North Penn kicker Brandon McManus, now with the Denver Broncos. He had nine made field goals as a senior. He has 4.63 speed from playing soccer.

Melvin Gilliam, Jr., So., LB, 5-10, 210, Tulsa (Washington), Okla./Southwestern College, Kan.
Yes, Gilliam is the son of former Oklahoma State two-sport standout Melvin Gilliam and he shows up well on tape from Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas. Simply based on his tape from there he would have a chance to contribute at some point. He also has a reported 4.69 in the forty.

Conrad Harker, Fr., OT, 6-7, 270, Lincoln (Southwest), Neb.
Harker committed to walking on to Oklahoma State last November and stayed with his promise despite some scholarship offers from the likes of Liberty and South Dakota. This is the kind of prospect that used to walk-on to hometown Nebraska back in the day. He's listed on his NCSA profile with a 310-pound bench press max, a 405-pound max on the squat, and an impressive 30-inch vertical. Again, his numbers should have leaped some after this summer and with his frame he could wind up being around 325 to 330 pounds.

Clayton Johnson, Fr., CB, 5-11, 170, Flower Mound, Texas
There have been some really good athletes at Oklahoma State come from Flower Mound. Johnson runs a 4.5 reportedly which should help him adjust to football at the Division I level. He had 25 catches playing wide receiver in high school last season for 409 yards and a touchdown. He carried the ball four time for 19 yards.

Nolan Malloy, Fr., OC, 6-3, 280, Edmond (Edmond North), Okla.
Malloy is a multi-year starter for the Huskies who could have played at smaller schools but chose to walk-on at Oklahoma State and he could be pretty handy as a center. He has a 5.32 in the forty with a 305-pound max on the bench press and a 495-pound max on the squat. Again, those are pre-Rob Glass numbers from this summer.

Derrick Moncrief, Jr., Saf., 6-2, 221, Plattville, Ala./Miss.Gulf Coast C.C./Auburn
Moncrief is a transfer from Auburn who will not be eligible this season as he will have to sit out a transfer year for the NCAA. He played in 13 games last season at Auburn with 27 total tackles, one fumble caused, and one pass broken-up. He left Auburn after the change in defensive coordinator to former Florida head coach Will Muschamp.

Gabe Neph, Fr., QB, 6-2, 220, Owasso, Okla.
Neph is the younger brother of walk-on wide receiver Cole Neph, who is one of the most impressive walk-ons from the past several seasons. I predict that Cole will play a lot in his career. Neph was an all-state pitcher at baseball powerhouse Owasso and at quarterback as a senior completed 128-of-243 passes for 1,703 yards with 18 touchdown passes and 9 interceptions. He is likely to be a handy addition at quarterback.

Gabe Newell, Jr., WR, 5-11, 185, Grapevine, Tex./Abilene Christian Univ.
Newell is a little bit of a mystery as I could not find any statistics on him in college. I know he attended Abilene Christian and was there at least his redshirt freshman season and one more. In high school at Grapevine he caught 30 passes for 519 yards and five touchdowns his senior season.

Abe Ortega, Fr., LB, 6-0, 225, Hennessey, Okla.
Ortega would be a linebacker or a fullback and he is a physical football player. He had 116 total tackles as a senior with 75 unassisted. He also had five interceptions and four fumble recoveries. He runs a reported 4.75 in the forty and in high school had a 295-pound bench press max and 415 squat max.

Lane Reazin, Fr., P, 6-3, 215, Woodward, Okla.
Reazin played quarterback and safety at Woodward and was a standout, so he has never fully specialized and worked on his punting but as a senior he punted 32 times for a 45.7 yards per punt average. He is also a dual threat punter in that he can punt traditional or rugby style. He is an intriguing prospect.

Phillip Redwine-Bryant, Fr., WR, 6-2, 205, Harker Heights (Academy), Texas
A very athletic walk-on that has good size and could be across the street playing baseball for Josh Holliday. Redwine-Bryant was an all-district outfielder and also competed in the district meet on the 4x200-meter relay team and throwing the discus for his high school.

Brett Wilson, Fr., OL, 6-4, 265, Cashion, Okla.
Another Cashion product and the last one worked out well in Jeremy Seaton, who will be a senior this season. Wilson is a guard prospect that according to his NCSA profile ran a 5.6 in the forty with a 305-pound bench press max and a 455-pound max on the squat as well as a 22-inch vertical. My guess is all those numbers have improved after spending the summer with Rob Glass and his staff.


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