Mike Gundy and the Oklahoma State Cowboys will begin practices tonight for the Alamo Bowl and the matchup with 10th-ranked Colorado on Dec. 29. There is a lot going on as Vincent Taylor is returning from New York City where he was a finalist and it turns out a runner-up to the Piesman Award that was presented last night to Pitt offensive lineman Brian O'Neill.
O'Neill had two touchdowns this season, a reverse and then he caught a pass for a score. The big offensive lineman edged Taylor, who blocked four kicks this season and was featured in a couple of returns, one on a blocked kick and one on an interception, in which Taylor showed off his ability to pitch the football like an option quarterback.
"I don't know if we will have him back in time for practice," Gundy said. "He deserves it. He has started asking about being on offense and carrying the ball in the bowl game. I just can't have him running the option."
Several Oklahoma State football players have earned their degree and participated in graduation ceremonies on campus today. Included in that group are the following:
Devante Averette – Educational psychology
Jordan Burton – Psychology and university studies
Eric Davis – Educational psychology
Austin Hays – Marketing
Victor Irokansi – Sociology
Blake Jarwin – Management
Ashton Lampkin – University studies/business administration
Keegan Metcalf – University studies/education
Derrick Moncrief – University studies/education
Grant Newell – University studies/education
Kaleb Smith – University studies/business administration
Zac Veatch – Management
Chad Whitener – Management
Also, it should be noted that cornerback Lenzy Pipkins (degree in public relations from LouisianaMonroe) and Barry J. Sanders (degree in communications from Stanford) played this season with their diplomas already secured.