Spring Football: 10 Unsung Players

Oklahoma State players you may not have heard of, or have heard little about, but by the end of spring drills in mid-April you will know who they are. Players are listed in reverse order.

10. Colton Chelf: Chelf is the older brother of quarterback Clint Chelf and he became noticed by the coaching staff last spring as he transferred in from NEO A&M where he started as a wide reeiver. He has good hands and is athletic for 5-9, 165 pounds. In this offense small receivers can really play big if they are willing to put in the work.

9. Jordan Taormina: A walk-on from Orange Coast Community College in California, he has tremendous size and he has had a year to get acclimated to Joe Wickline and what he wants. I'm not predicting he starts but he could be a very valuable third tackle.

8. Casey LaBrue: Another walk-on offensive lineman, LaBrue is an Enid product that came home after starting out at Missouri State. The guy can flat play and according to Wickline is the best shotgun snapper on the offensive line. The combination makes him prime in the competition for the center position. Offensive line is where walk-ons have the best chance to rise if they are physically capable.

7. Parker Graham: Redshirted last season and has added needed weight to his frame. Graham was impressive from the get-go to Wickline. He is a tough guy that doesn't mind punishing opponents. He reminds me of a bigger David Koenig. I predict he starts at left tackle in 2010, maybe not the first game but at some point he will move in.

6. Adrian Richards: A forgotten name at wide receiver, Richards has size and speed and now has put attitude together in the mix. He understands he gets a fresh start with new offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen and this offense. He has shown he has turned the corner in offseason.

5. Nick Rockwell: Once thought that he was recruited to recruit his high school teammate Darius White out of Fort Worth Dunbar. I loved his attitude last fall as a walk-on cornerback and undersized at 5-7, 145 pounds. He is now up to 165 on the scale, maybe more, and his work has been noticed. Holgorsen requested he be moved to wide receiver. A former quarterback in high school, look out as he just might take off with the receiver positions being very open.

4. Anthony Rogers: This is as much out of need as it is expectation. The Cowboys need depth and rotation at defensive tackle. Rogers has a great attitude and has put on weight. He made strides and showed up some in bowl workouts. It is early for a redshirt freshman but for Rogers, in advance of the freshmen defensive tackles, this is his time.

3. Joe Mitchell: It is not often a player can enroll early as a freshman and walk right into the two-deep deptch chart but Mitchell did at the "star" linebacker. He has the advantage of having been here last summer and for part of fall camp. He needs to use that advantage and do his best not to play like a freshman but more like a guy that was here at fall.

2. Malcolm Murray: His arrival from Mt. San Antonio (Calif). C.C. sporting a national or at least a California championship. He is big, athletic, and gets to jump into a position that needs immediate help. This is the exact spot where junior college players love to land. Murray needs to make it a smooth landing by taking off this spring.

1. Michael Harrison: By all rights Harrison may have been the missing piece to the puzzle offensively late in the season and the Cotton Bowl. That's a lot of credit for a guy that has never played a Division I snap, but the coaches strongly considered it several times. He has the body and in practice has shown the explosion and the talent. Wide receiver is a focus now in the offense and for more than just one guy (like a Bryant or a Bowman). Harrison has a chance to be one of the guys pulling the wagon in this offense.


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