Looking Ahead To 2016: Offense

Robert Allen takes a look at what Oklahoma State fans can expect on the offensive side of the ball in 2016.

The season really just ended and players have gone home for a short break, while coaches will take a few days and be back in the office next week to start reviewing and continue plotting answers in recruiting and other areas where this team can improve for next season. 

For continued success in the program the number one priority has to be improving all aspects that contribute to having a productive conventional run game to go along with all other schemes in the offensive system. You have to be able to run the ball as it is a major aspect of having balance and being able to protect a lead and, at times for the offense, to assist in helping the defense. 

We will be reviewing and analyzing this for the next two months in addition to covering recruiting as the current class closes out and the 2017 class really cranks up. 

Here is a beginning cursory look at the turnover of the depth chart from the 2015 season to the spring and upcoming season of 2016.


Mason Rudolphis the present and the future for the Cowboys at this position, at least the immediate future as in the next two seasons. I thought he played well in the Sugar Bowl coming off the foot surgery and he would have been more effective if not for some drops by receivers. J.W. Walsh will be missed. He has been a great Cowboy and could be back, although it is doubtful the NCAA will go along with the request for a sixth year. I also think Rudolph is ready and wants to assume the total role as quarterback at this point. Depth for now is walk-on and talented third-teamer @Taylor Cornelius and redshirt freshman John Kolar. Recruiting a future strong candidate at this position is important.

Running Back
Chris Carson appears to be a better playmaker as a receiver than a running back. I think Carson has been excellent in the passing game but for some reason has not been effective as a ball carrier. He is not alone as Rennie Childs, Raymond Taylor, and Jeff Carr have been okay, a few bright spots, but no consistency. I believe they have talent but I also am far from convinced that there is a dominate and tough runner that will carry an offense to a championship and beyond. 

Wide Receiver
You hate to see a tough guy and great contributor and leader like inside receiver David Glidden leave but he departs as does Brandon Sheperd. Playmakers like James Washington and emerging playmaker Jhajuan Seales are back, and both are my candidates to become an elite receiver. Marcell Ateman is much improved and Chris Lacy, Austin Hays and injured Keenen Brown are all capable of being valuable next season. Keep an eye on Jalen McCleskey as he evolves more into the offense as the likely replacement for Glidden at the inside receiver. Recruiting needs to see some solid players come into the program. Commits Tyrell Alexander and Dillon Stoner look good in that regard. 

Cowboy Back
The Cowboys lose Jeremy Seaton, and he has been a really solid player in the program but Blake Jarwin has certainly emerged in earning All-Big 12 honors. Zac Veatch is also really solid. I'm anxious to see what Jordan Frazier can do having come in as a scholarship player at that position. There are some strong walk-on possibilities at the position too that would carry on what has become a tradition. Keep an eye on @Britton Abbott (6-3, 235 RS-So.) and athletically gifted Cole Neph (6-3, 220), who is currently a wide receiver but could cross into some roles with the Cowboys backs. 

Offensive Line
All starters return in left tackle Victor Salako, left guard Michael Wilson, center Brad Lundblade, right guard Jesse Robinson, and right tackle Zach Crabtree. Back-ups return as well, except at center, with left tackle Matthew Mucha, left guard Lemaefe Galea'i Jr., right guard Paul Lewis, and right tackle Brandon Pertile. I also like young linemen in redshirt freshmen Johnny Wilson and Marcus Keyes. I believe the starters can all improve but they need competition and they need to be pressed. Mucha, Keys, Galea'i, and Wilson appear to be able to do that. I will guarantee you that incoming transfer Larry Williams (Hutchinson CC/East Carolina) will battle and likely win a position somewhere. You want that to happen as you want some battles to go on as those will push players to improve. The line has to get better or this team will continue to deal with many of the issues that keep it from being elite and beating really good football teams like OU, Baylor, and Mississippi.

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