As OSU fields a cast of defensive backs to slow down a league of passing attacks, let’s take a look at the players vying to fill in Knowles’ defensive back slots.
(A.J.) Green led the team with four interceptions and (Rodarius) Williams finished second with 10 pass breakups. It’s not hard to envision OSU boasting the best corner tandem in the conference. Depth is an issue, especially with Knowles’ quest to legitimately go three-deep at both spots, but the Cowboys are set at the starting spots and, frankly, who isn’t seeking reliable depth at cornerback?
The switch of the versatile Edison-McGruder back to safety provides some comfort amid a group that’s yet to deliver a personality. Za’Carrius Green, entering his junior year, could be ready to emerge as a playmaker. Malcolm Rodriguez and Thabo Mwaniki showed promise in bit roles as true freshmen last season. Chance Cook could be the next dynamic walk-on. And newcomer Sean Michael Flanagan could work into the rotation as a true freshman. [GoPokes]
It’s hard to imagine a centerfield without Tre Flowers or Jordan Sterns in it. Between Z. Green, Thabo and the six safeties the Pokes have signed over the last couple of classes, let’s cross our fingers that all the right players are on the bus to make this new defense work.
Big 12’s Best
HCS took a look at the Big 12’s best players and landed on the Cowboys’ star running back as their No. 2 player. And here’s why.
(Justice) Hill rushed for 112 yards per game in 2017, which was 25 more yards per game than any other player in the Big 12. He was third in the Big 12 Conference in scoring and also had the ability to catch the ball out of the backfield with 31 receptions. As Oklahoma State goes into a rebuilding year and still has a question mark at quarterback, Hill will redefine the word “workhorse” when it comes to running backs in the Big 12. [Heartland College Sports]
In a stacked sophomore class, Rodney Anderson took off after only carrying the ball 22 times over the first six games and David Montgomery went for 300 fewer yards than Hill on ten fewer carries. Justice Hill went wire to wire, going for triple-digit yards eight times. It’ll be fun to watch a star running back class duke it out for the rushing crown in 2018.
OSU and NCAA Notes
T. Boone Pickens says you can be old at 30 or young at 90….This piece by ESPN on the new redshirt rule talking with coaches was great….Georgia Tech is finally leaving Russell Athletics for their apparel – we’re all excited for them….Let these 78 college football tweets get you through the long days of summer
Pretty impressive – 2013 Miami Heat impressive.
— Oklahoma State Golf (@OSUCowboyGolf) July 2, 2018
Stuff like this gives me chills.
Mike Boynton was telling one of his five freshmen to be louder and says something along the lines of, “At some point, there’s gonna be 13,611 fans in there every night. I don’t know when, but it’s gonna happen. Your teammates have to be able to hear you.” #okstate
— Nathan Ruiz (@NathanSRuiz) July 1, 2018
McGriff, Weathers and Curtis Jones are the three I’m most excited to see on the floor.
Some observations from #okstate’s first pre-Europe practice:
-Lots of length
-Cam McGriff: still athletic
-Michael Weathers & Curtis Jones will be fun to watch
-Thomas Dziagwa is in great shape
-Freshmen are eager to learn and asking a lot of questions, especially Maurice Calloo
— Nathan Ruiz (@NathanSRuiz) July 2, 2018
Trae Young’s first two three-point attempts as an Atlanta Hawk pic.twitter.com/P5W8ZIW8oI
— Grand Moff Wobkin (@World_Wide_Wob) July 2, 2018
What You Missed on PFB
- Really enjoyed Porter’s five media things – specifically the why on reading from certain writers
- Let’s take a look at Mike Gundy’s history against FCS teams
- A couple of big time 2019 football recruits set their commitment dates
- Cowboys are back practicing in the latest basketball notebook
Other Stuff I’m Reading
- Liked this Newport piece on why “follow your passion” is not terrible but misleading advice
- Great faith-based read on why failure is better (in ways) than success
- Appreciated this primer on the Thunder’s new big man (who turned down 4 years, $70m last year)
- Tram on Paul George staying in OKC was great
Easily the best tweet from the weekend.
LeBron immediately signing KCP, Lance and JaVale really reminds me of that time Michael Scott put together his Dream Team of Vikram, Ryan and Pam.
— Max Olson (@max_olson) July 2, 2018
Source: Pistols Firing
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