Spring Football: Four Positions To Watch

The four most fun positions to watch during Oklahoma State's spring football practices, which begin Monday.

1. Wide Receivers
This one is critical. With the injury to Dez Bryant, and he'll be back fine and good as new when the season begins in September, along with the loss of Damian Davis and the suspension of Bo Bowling, there are immediate openings.

Hubert Anyiam and Josh Cooper have had good offseasons, especially Anyiam. It is their time to shine and take a slot on the depth chart. If not, then the young pups will jump in a try to steal the show with redshirt freshmen Justin Blackmon, Adrian Richards, and Isiaih Anderson all wanting opportunities.

Blackmon is a powerful athlete, Richards and tall and speedy target, and Anderson a smaller straight flyer of a receiver. There is also Dylan Brown, a former OSU baseball player and All-State receiver in high school in Florida. It may be unrealistic to think he could jump out there and wow everybody, but my guess is that Dylan Brown isn't doing this for his health.

2. Tight Ends
Doug Meacham has four young tight ends and a big hole to fill with the graduation of future NFL tight end Brandon Pettigrew. Wilson Youman is the veteran with the most experience but Jamal Mosley has great ball skills and gained experience last season. Cooper Bassett is a physical beast at the position. He is a solid blocker with good hands.

Then there is Justin Horton, who has flat out kooky speed for his size and could really stretch linebackers or safeties covering the tight end. These four will be a lot of fun to watch.

3. Defensive Ends
You want a pass rush Cowboys fans, and so does new defensive coordinator Billy Young and that means speeding up the maturing of the Cowboys defensive ends, which are really starting to get kind of old.

There is a lot of ability here beginning with Ugo Chinasa. Jeremiah Price came in and did a nice job out of junior college last season and Darius Hart shows the same promise on a bigger frame. Hart is very impressive to look at.

Add Jamie Blatnick and Richetti Jones, as both are looking ready to fulfill their promise. If you can get all of them to play and then rotate for freshness the Cowboys could have a really strong pass rush. The defensive tackles, a weak area, will have to improve and hold their own.

4. Safeties
First, there's the return of every Cowboy fan's favorite Hatian safety Lucien Antoine. Antoine really kicked butt in his rehab and is ready to go. He will likely be curtailed some. The defensive staff knowns he can hit and Bill Young is familiar with Antoine.

You also have the young trio in Victor Johnson, Johnny Thomas and Markelle Martin. These are three of the best recruits Oklahoma State had in the 2008 class. Johnson has been laebled the best tackler on the team and the other two aren't far off that pace. Joe DeForest is the mayor of aggressive city with that quartet to work with.

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