Cowboys running backs coach Marcus Arroyo posted Friday on Twitter that Chris Carson had been invited to the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis starting on Feb. 27.
That is great news as Carson deserves it, and I truly believe he will be drafted and will become, at the least, an important role player in the backfield of some NFL team. He has excellent hands and I'm not sure I saw him drop a catchable ball in either practice or a game. I also think the young man grew up and is a positive leader that will be a good addition to an NFL team.
Carson finished the season with 82 carries for 565 yards and nine touchdowns, good for an average of 6.9 yards a carry. He also caught 13 passes for 128 yards and a touchdown. He completed 1 of 2 passes for 24 yards. Carson is working out in Atlanta as he prepares for the Combine.
Now, the NFL has not announced all of the combine invitees as those are being confirmed right now privately with the prospects and, if they choose, their representation. I do have a source that has confirmed that Senior Bowl participants Jordan Sterns (free safety) and Blake Jarwin (tight end) will be invited and at the NFL Combine. The only other Oklahoma State player my source confirmed was junior defensive tackle Vincent Taylor, who is working out in Houston in preparation for the Combine.
Offensive Line Coach News
I don't think Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy will officially address the offensive line vacancy until he returns along with the rest of the football staff on Tuesday of next week. Gundy has been discussing the job with candidates he had in mind, but was trying to avoid the glut of candidates that try to contact a head coach when a vacancy is out there and all are aware of it.
I do think that Josh Henson is on the list. I also understand Gundy's strategy in not doing anything until recruiting was basically over. Surely, you've heard his philosophy on coaches leaving, being dismissed, hired away, etc., during the recruiting process. He has even suggested a rule that keeps coaches from leaving or changing schools during the recruiting process (really in December and January) but that would never happen, it would honestly, be constitutionally illegal. Gundy was not going to make the change until all of the recruiting handwriting (results) were final.
Gundy made the move at the time it is wise and it stayed off the radar, at least being proven, until two days after signing day. If Henson wants to be in Stillwater, he will likely have the chance. I think Jason McEndoo will be kept at Cowboy back, and Gundy, who has made a high percentage of good hires, will look for an offensive line coach, likely with ties to the southwest (Oklahoma and Texas) and that is a strong OL coach and a zealous recruiter.
Also, when Henson got his offer from Arizona State there were still prospects that Adkins was recruiting and any time you lose a coach in the final two weeks of recruiting other schools use that against you, no matter what the coach's position. They say the program is unstable and start planting seeds that aren't there. Recruiting is a vicious business.