Cowboy Defensive Depth Chart & Analysis

The Oklahoma State football team's two-deep depth chart at the end of preseason camp, with comments and analysis from Go Pokes Executive Editor Robert Allen.

Left End
50 Darnell Smith, Sr., 6-1, 260: Fighting nagging injury problems but always answers the bell
13 Nathan Peterson, Jr., 6-2, 240: Has had excellent camp, quicker and stronger than ever

Defensive Tackle
93 Ryan McBean, Sr., 6-5, 290: Needs to have really strong senior season
96 Jeray Chatham, So., 6-3, 285: Former OL has pushed McBean with solid preseason camp

Nose Guard
92 Larry Brown, Sr., 6-3, 295: Hasn't looked as good as in the spring, time to turn it on
90 Xavier Lawson-Kennedy, Sr., 6-2, 325: Has pushed Brown with the best preseason camp in his career

Right End
51 Victor DeGrate, Sr., 6-3, 250: Hard work has him sitting on possible All-Big 12 season
97 Marque Fountain, Jr., 6-2, 260: Back and completely healthy and ready to contribute

Will Linebacker
36 Alex Odiari, So., 6-0, 235: Coaches love his energy and effort
19 Jeremy Nethon, Jr., 6-0, 210: Adds maturity to young linebacker corps

Middle Linebacker
2 Rodrick Johnson, Jr., 6-3, 250: Had excellent preseason camp and is the leader of the young linebackers
35 Marcus Brown, So., 6-2, 235: Lost weight, added speed and knows all three LB positions

Sam Linebacker
44 Chris Collins, Fr., 6-2, 235: Not anywhere near your average freshman, Could be leading tackler this season
4 Patrick Lavine, Fr., 6-2, 210: Has outplayed others to surprise this high on the depth chart, speed

7 Martel Van Zant, Jr., 6-1, 210: Trimmed up and still has great size, he has had excellent camp
26 Quinton Moore, So., 5-11, 185: Moved from safety and has been a natural at CB

Strong Safety
20 Andre Sexton, RSFr., 6-1, 205: My pick for developing into a fan favorite, he is a heat seeking missile
30 Grant Jones, Sr., 5-10, 200: Jones is another physical player who has finally found a home

Free Safety
8 Donovan Woods, Jr., 6-2, 215: Very physical and the quarterback of the defense now
25 Clint Coe, Jr., 6-2, 190: Unbelievable 4 1/2 month recovery from ACL surgery

17 Jacob Lacey, So., 5-11, 175: Best cover man on the squad and has become an excellent corner
16 Perrish Cox, Fr., 6-1, 180: All-American high schooler has been everything advertised, is number one nickle back

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