Monday night I was back out on the floor of Boone Pickens Stadium watching another session of the metabolic workouts. These are the evening workouts that are witnessed and overseen by Rob Glass and his strength and conditioning staff and monitored by the OSU Sports Medicine professionals, but they are run by the players.
On the offensive side, Mason Rudolph runs the practice and on defense linebacker Chad Whitener and free safety Jordan Sterns are the two in charge. Other older players at each position run the position drills and Zach Crabtree and Michael Wilson are in charge of the offensive line drills and Vincent Taylor and Vili Leveni have the controls of the defensive line.
The group that doesn't mind peeling off their shirts unanimously is the Cowboy Backs. From senior Blake Jarwin to former offensive guard Zac Veatch and every other member of the crew including new walk-on Dayton Metcalf out of Hooker, Okla.
Maybe the most impressive of the group, except for Jarwin, is an older walk-on in his third year as a redshirt sophomore in Cole Neph. Neph is pushing 6-4 and is now 235 pounds. Neph is going to be a weapon whether it is on special teams or with a breakthrough year getting some opportunities behind Jarwin, Veatch, Keenen Brown or Jordan Frazier.
Cowboy backs coach Jason McEndoo is very happy with the players he has and is looking forward to a year that sees the Cowboy backs become even more mobile, versatile, and X-and-O crazy with where they line up. It is a position that is only limited by one's imagination it seems.
Expect to see even more of the Cowboy backs, McEndoo says. They are very important in the triple-back or diamond formation, which got its newest launching of popularity at Oklahoma State. Look for the Cowboy back to be a major answer this year to unplugging problems on offense starting with the anemic run offense last season.