One of the most examined positions for Oklahoma State football this spring is cornerback. Young pups like A.J. Green, Rodarius Williams, and Madre Harper are being counted on and they are getting some valuable advice from senior cornerback Darius Curry.
Thursday is a day off in the spring for Oklahoma State football players. Okay, there are no days off in the Pokes' program. There is always classes to attend, video from the practice on Wednesday to watch, meetings, training table, lifting workouts, etc. It is non-stop and senior cornerback Darius Curry has been through it for four years leading up to this one. The two-year letterman has earned his spurs playing on a number of special teams and with his size at 6-1, 205 pounds he has become known for being a specialist at corner. Curry can cover the bigger post-up receivers that just about every team in the Big 12 employs really well. His abilities have been on display often in red zone or score zone situations covering receivers running fades in the corner or trying to cross in the back of the end zone.
"I'm okay with that, whatever I can do to help the team is what I want to do," Curry said the other day.
One of the things he is doing this spring is serving as the "Mother Hen" to the young cornerbacks that will be counted on to help this defense compliment a very explosive offense the Cowboys have coming into the 2017 season. A big part of that explosive offense, a receiver corps that some think may be the best in all of college football for next season, is helping prepare those corners.
"It's ridiculous," Curry said with loads of expression. "I talk to Coach (Kasey) Dunn all the time (about it). You have the new guy Tyron Johnson, Marcell Ateman is back, James Washington, Jalen McCleskey, and Chris Lacy and there's more. We get great competition every day, so it is definitely making us better."
Leadership is an important role and with Ramon Richards moved over to safety, he is out there, but Curry is with the young corners like sophomores A.J. Green and Madre Harper and red-shirt freshman Rodarius Williams in every drill, many times on the field opposite one of those guys. The senior from Flowery Branch, Ga., with the dad that played defensive back in college and then coached his Darius as his defensive coordinator in high school, is now in that role of leading younger players. It was a role thrust on him, but one he has really embraced.
"You know Curry is doing well," head coach Mike Gundy said. "He's a senior, so he knows what is going on and you can see him helping the younger guys."
"It's cool. Coach Duffie makes sure that I'm always on top of everything and makes sure that the young guys know what they're doing," Curry said deflecting some credit as he should to cornerbacks coach Tim Duffie. "If they have any questions, they can always come ask me anything. Even with that, they're learning pretty fast, so if they need me, I'm here, but if not, I just watch after them."
They've had good days and tough days as do any young football players learning on the job in a big-time program. Last week in the Cowboys first spring scrimmage there were some learning or teaching moments. This week with the second spring scrimmage coming up on Friday they are hoping for more spectacular moments. Curry believes those are coming quickly,
"They're doing great," he said. "There's some really good competition between all of us and I feel like all of us are prepared for the games."
And improvement in spring scrimmages.