Pat Kinnison

Oklahoma State Defensive Depth Chart

Oklahoma State defensive depth chart

STILLWATER – The Oklahoma State Cowboys are obviously seeing their head coach scale things back just a little in sensing that the team has hit a point where they are ready for a game. One Oklahoma State player told me that it is really getting tiresome going out to practice and that he and his teammates are really antsy to play the first game.

It is almost always that way this time of year and that is an area where the Cowboys coaching staff has excelled in not over practicing. Today was another one hour and 40 minute practice, this one in full pads. There was more work against scouts and the good on good team periods was pulled back a little. 

Tomorrow Cowboys head coach Mike Gundy, coordinators Mike Yurcich on offense and Glenn Spencer on defense, and selected players will meet the media for the first game news conference. Central Michigan is an interesting opponent in that they have a new head coach John Bonamego, who came from the NFL where he was a special teams coordinator with the Detroit Lions, is an alum of CMU, and just finished a treatment program to fight tonsil cancer that has left him weakened. His team and that community will rally around him and the Chippewas football team.

Also, tomorrow the Oklahoma State team will go through an annual exercise that dates back to the Pat Jones days. It's a dress rehearsal mock game walk thru that will feature pregame warm-ups, coin toss, simulated plays, a weather delay, replays, headsets failure, an overtime period and anything else that could conceivably happen during  game. 

Now to finish our exercise of putting out our estimated depth chart, here is the defense and the specialists.

Defensive Ends 
38 Emmanuel Ogbah, 6-4, 275, Jr.-Dominant last season and primed to do it agin this fall
92 Jimmy Bean, 6-5, 255, Sr.-He has had a good camp and Bean makes nice compliment to Ogbah
90 Trace Clark, 6-4, 257, Sr.-Dependable and experienced, Clark is the third man in at defensive end
94 Jordan Brailford, 6-3, 245, RS-Fr.-He made our All-Glass team and he has made a jump in spring and camp
82 Cole Walterscheid, 6-6, 250, RS-Fr.-Another All-Glass guy that had a really good camp
93 Jarrell Owens, 6-3, 260, RS-Fr.-He came on later in camp and is physical but needs to polish his game more 

Defensive Tackles
96 Vincent Taylor, 6-3, 305, So.-You've heard next man up, Taylor believes in it and has proved it this August
56 Motekiai Maile, 6-4, 307, Jr.-Not completely ready yet but there is no choice with the injury to Vili Leveni
70 Ben Hughes, 6-3, 315, So.-He can control a gap and is hard to move and he has had a good camp
97 Eric Davis, 6-3, 295, Jr.-Undersized but plays hard and you will get all he has 
79 Darrion Daniels, 6-3, 320, Fr.-He may be a second-teamer in a short period of time after great summer and good camp

Middle Linebacker
52 Ryan Simmons, 6-0, 240, Sr.-Dependable, athletic, and has become a student of the game
45 Chad Whitener, 6-1, 240, So.-He will take a lot of pressure off Simmons and give this position depth it has not had 
50 Josh Mabin, 6-2, 240, RS-Fr.-He needs to get going coming off the injury redshirt season

Weak Side Linebacker
10 Seth Jacobs, 6-2, 225, Jr.-He may have had one of the best seasons for a LB last season and did it fighting off pain
40 Devante Averette, 6-0, 230, Jr.-Ultra quick and physical and has been really good, he can also play the star
32 Kris Catlin, 6-1, 230, Sr.-Has come back from academic trouble last season and is making the most of it

Star Linebacker
20 Jordan Burton, 6-3, 215, Jr.-Burton has been the answer since he arrived and he can really make plays
9   Gyasi Akem, 6-1, 215, So.- He is really coming on and had a strong camp, he is not afraid of situations
12 Kirk Tucker, 6-2, 200, So.-Still developing and a good contributor on special teams

Cornerbacks
1   Kevin Peterson, 5-11, 190, Sr.-A premier cover cornerback that could earn all kinds of honors and get high NFL attention
17 Michael Hunter, 6-0, 191, Sr.-He has played well and will compete with Lampkin for spot opposite Peterson
or 
6   Ashton Lampkin, 5-11, 190, Jr.-Has had really good camp coming off the injury of last season and has improved
18 Ramon Richards, 6-0, 180, So.-He had a strong freshman season of development and will play safety in some packages
or 
2   Darrius Curry, 6-1, 195, So.-Can match up with bigger and more physical receivers and has really improved
24 Miketavius Jones, 5-10, 175, Sr.-Coming off academic issues and will be a huge special teams contributor

Safeties
13 Jordan Sterns, 6-1, 205, Jr.-One of the best defenders on the Cowboys defense and excellent tackler 
31 Tre Flowers, 6-3, 195, So.-He is the likely starter at the strong safety opposite Sterns 
or
5   Jerrel Morrow, 6-0, 190, So.-His speed is attractive and he could win that strong safety position
40 Dylan Harding, 6-2, 190, So.-He has good speed and has played well
or 
23 Kenneth McGruder, 6-2, 205, Fr.-He has been excellent as a freshman and is smart and physical with a great frame 

Specialists
Place Kicker
19 Ben Grogan, 6-1, 186, Jr.-Has a chance to be the best kicker in the Big 12 now that he is completely healthy 
59 Matt Hockett, 6-3, 196, RS-Fr.-Very versatile backup in three spots

Kickoffs
19 Ben Grogan, 6-1, 186, Jr.-His hip injury over his kickoffs were booming
59 Matt Hockett, 6-3, 196, RS-Fr.-Second in the kickoffs

Punter
29 Zach Sinor, 5-11, 195, RS-Fr.-Had a tremendous camp and is getting more consistent each day
59 Matt Hockett, 6-3, 196, RS-Fr.-Not his best backup role but he is serviceable as a punter

Snappers
54 Josh Elias, 6-0, 200, Sr.-Love this guy as he will throw his body around on coverage and is very consistent with snap 
61 Kaleb Smith, 6-3, 255, So.-Good snapper that also keeps the specialists in a good mood

Kick Returns
7   Brandon Sheperd, 6-1, 195, Sr.-Stepped in last season with Tyreek Hill was let go
28 James Washington, 6-0, 200, So.-He can do it all
20 Jeff Carr, 5-7, 170, Fr.-Honestly expect he and McClesky to take this over in time
84 Jalen McClesky, 5-10, 160, Fr.-Look for him and Carr to be the future tandem

Punt Returns
13 David Glidden, 5-8, 185, Sr.-Trust goes early to a senior but Carr or McClesky could end up taking over here too
 


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