Preview 2018: Oklahoma State Cowboys. Here Comes The Reload

Preview 2018: Oklahoma State Cowboys. Here Comes The Reload

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Preview 2018: Oklahoma State Cowboys. Here Comes The Reload


Best Oklahoma State Offensive Player

RB Justice Hill, Jr.
The 5-10, 190-pounder isn’t built to be a workhorse, but he managed to handle the ball almost 300 times last year as both a slippery-smooth runner and terrific receiver, taking off for 1,467 yards and 15 scores, and catching 31 passes for 190 yards and a touchdown.

Very tough, very dependable, and ultra-consistent, he’s got home run-hitting speed win the open field, finds a way to get small around the goal line, and to top it all off, he’s an all-star in the classroom, too.

2. OG Marcus Keyes, Jr.
3. WR Jalen McCleskey, Sr.
4. FB Britton Abbott, Sr.
5. WR Dillon Stoner, Soph.

Best Oklahoma State Defensive Player

DE Jordan Brailford, Jr.
Banged up with a leg injury, the 6-3, 250-pounder missed all of 2016, and came back roaring with an all-star season as one of the team’s most productive playmakers in the backfield.

He’s not all that big, but he’s tough against the run – making 57 stops – with five sacks, 11 tackles for loss and a pick. On a great line with plenty of veteran talent, he’ll be turned loose to do even more to be disruptive in the new defensive style – he’ll be even more of an all-around statistical star.

2. LB Justin Phillips, Sr.
3. LB Calvin Bundage, Jr.
4. CB A.J. Green, Jr.
5. DT Trey Carter, Sr.

Key Player To A Successful Season

QB Taylor Cornelius, Sr. 
Remember, it’s not like Mason Rudolph won any Big 12 titles. As great as he was, Oklahoma State needs the new starting quarterback to do even more – or, at least, carry the team further.

Even if Dru Brown comes in from Hawaii and takes over the starting quarterback job – not the given most people think it is – the Cowboys have the luxury of a top backup who knows what he’s doing.

Keondre Wudtee is the biggest upside of any quarterback on the roster, and don’t discount the possibility of true freshman Spencer Sanders coming in and being the shocking star of fall camp – Wes Lunt got the starting call as a freshman in 2012 – but the 6-6, 232-pound Cornelius is the safe, potentially smart choice for a team in transition.

He’s got the experience in the system, he’s got the big arm, and he’s got the Academic All-Big 12 smarts.  Now he, or anyone who happens to be under center, has to take care of …

Key Game To The Oklahoma State Season

at Oklahoma, Nov. 10
The Cowboys might be able to put it on cruise control and get to 6-0 before having to go to Kansas State. That will be tough, and so will the regular season ender at TCU. But to do anything big this year, it’ll be time to take down Oklahoma again.

2014 was the last time Oklahoma State won the Bedlam game,  and has only won twice since 2002.

While the Cowboys have had plenty of success over the last several years, OU is on a run of three straight Big 12 titles, helped in a big way by last year’s 62-52 shootout in Stillwater – the best game of 2017.

Oklahoma State can still get to the Big 12 Championship with a loss to the Sooners, but …

Beat Oklahoma, OSU.

2017 Oklahoma State Fun Stats

–  Total Offense: Oklahoma State 5,059 – Opponents 3,492
– 1st Quarter Scoring: Oklahoma State 140 – Opponents 65
– Punts: Opponents 79 – Oklahoma State 41

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