Pat Kinnison

Spring Game Logistics and Emphasis

Get ready for the Oklahoma State spring football game and get ready to help impress recruits. It's your chance to preview the Cowboys and impress potential future Cowboys.

I'll start with the emphasis and an example. There are several Oklahoma high school prospects that have been offered by both Oklahoma State and Oklahoma. I know Bixby offensive tackle prospect Bryce Bray, a major target for both schools, and several others will be attending the Oklahoma spring game on Saturday, April 8. My guess is Oklahoma will have somewhere around 35-45,000 fans at their spring game. The weather is supposed to be pretty nice. Those same recruits will be at the Oklahoma State spring game the next Saturday, April 15. My guess is somewhere around 15,000 for that one. I'm not sure there has every been a crowd of much more than 20,000 for the OSU spring game. I'm not saying it is everything, but it is a one week, easy comparison to each other for these prospects. The price is right with free admission, and who doesn't like going to Stillwater for a little college atmosphere in the spring. It is a clear cut and legal way that fans can assist in recruiting and I know that Cowboy football has invited all of the incoming freshmen class and probably every recruit they are considering to come for the Orange-White Spring Game.

The star attractions for the fans to check out will be the receiver corps, one of the best in the nation with James Washington, Marcell Ateman back from injury, Jalen McCleskey, Chris Lacy, LSU transfer Tyron Johnson, Tyrell Alexander, and walk-on sensation Obi Obialo. You will see some of Mason Rudolph, but should get a heavy dose of Keondre Wudtee, Taylor Cornelius, John Kolar, and true freshman in 6-7, 250 pound Jelani Woods at quarterback. The improvement of the offensive line under the coaching of Josh Henson, especially the red-shirt freshmen like left tackle Dylan Galloway will be visible.

On defense you will want to see how the young cornerbacks like A.J. Green, Rodarius Williams, and Madre Harper are playing. The senior leader that is helping them in Darius Curry and former corner and now safety Ramon Richards. There is a lot of talent at linebacker and you will see as many 10-12 getting time in the spring game. On the defensive line check out converted end to tackle in Trey Carter and the comeback of defensive Jordan Brailford, who has had a very strong spring.

All of that and you get to help impress potential future Cowboys at the game as unofficial visitors.

Now, here are the details that the Oklahoma State University athletic department want you to know. The Oklahoma State spring football game will kickoff at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 15 in Boone Pickens Stadium. With the exception of Lot 4 (immediately north of Gallagher-Iba Arena) and Lot 10 (immediately west of Boone Pickens Stadium, parking throughout campus and admission to the game is absolutely free! 

More things to know are:

* Boone Pickens Stadium gates open at noon and seating will only be available on the south side of the stadium. Club and suite seating will not be available.

* Fans should enter the stadium from the gates on the south side of the stadium.

* The stadium store in the west end zone will open at 10 a.m.

* Fans can enjoy inflatables and face painting on the south side of the stadium from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. There will also be free giveaways on the south side of the stadium while supplies last.

* Fans can renew or purchase new season tickets by visiting the fan assistance booth on the south side of the stadium from noon until the end of halftime.

* Concession stands will be open on the south side of the stadium.

* Normal stadium policies apply.

* The game will be broadcast live on 93.7 FM radio in Stillwater and along the Cowboy Radio Network, but will not be televised.

* Fans will be permitted onto the field after the game to interact with their favorite players in a fun and informal setting. After the game ends, fans can access the field from the ramp on the east side. An announcement will be made when it's time for fans to come onto the field.

In addition to the football game, the annual Remember the Ten Run will take place earlier that morning at 9 a.m.


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