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2009 CFN Oklahoma State
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2009 OSU Depth
For all the fireworks, and for
all the stats, and for all the offensive wizardry, and for all of the
"I'm a man" bluster, and for all T. Boone money, has Oklahoma State
really arrived yet?
Head coach: Mike Gundy
5th year: 27-23
Off. 14, Def. 18, ST 2
Lettermen Lost: 15
Best OSU Players
1. WR Dez Bryant, Jr.
2. OT Russell Okung,
3. QB Zac Robinson, Sr.
4. RB Kendall Hunter, Jr.
5. LB Andre Sexton, Sr.
6. LB Patrick Lavine, Sr.
CB/KR Perrish Cox, Sr.
8. LB Orie Lemon, Sr.
Lucien Antoine, Sr.
10. OT Brady Bond, Sr.
2009 Record: 0-0
10/3 OPEN DATE
10/10 at Texas A&M
at Iowa State
11/28 at Oklahoma
2008 Record: 9-4
Wash. St W 39-13
9/6 Houston W
9/13 Missouri State
9/20 OPEN DATE
9/27 Troy W 55-24
10/4 Texas A&M W
10/11 at Missouri W 28-23
10/18 Baylor W
10/25 at Texas L 28-24
11/1 Iowa State W 59-17
11/8 at Texas Tech L 56-20
11/15 at Colorado W 30-17
11/22 OPEN DATE
11/29 Oklahoma L
12/30 Oregon L 42-31
This seems like it should be one of the "it"
teams going into the 2009 season, along with Ole Miss and California,
but this is still a program that was no better than fourth in its own
division, got ripped up by Oregon's running game in the Cotton Bowl, and
beat one team with a pulse, Missouri, all year long.
close to beating Texas doesn't cut it, and playing Thomas Hearns to
Oklahoma's Marvin Hagler in a 61-41 home loss is still a loss. Oklahoma
State isn't going to settle for coming close on a regular basis now that
it has had a taste of what it's like to be close to the big-time. It's
openly talking about winning a Big 12 title with bracelets being worn
with the date of the championship game, and with an uber-booster in
Pickens leading the way, the expectations are being set at an
OSU isn't going to be this year's Texas
Tech, considering an 11-1 record would be phenomenal with Georgia,
Missouri, Texas, Oklahoma, and Texas Tech to deal with, but it has all
the talent and all the athleticism to honestly shoot for the title in
the nation's toughest division.
The program has been building to
this point under Mike Gundy, who has a loaded team on both sides of the
ball in his fifth year at the helm. The skill players are among the best
in America, while future first-round draft pick Russell Okung leads a
line that's as good as any. The offense will put up points in bunches,
but it'll be up to the defense to stop the better teams.
not just that OSU gave up a ton of yards and points last year, every Big
12 defense stunk, but it was the inconsistency. Just when it seemed like
the defense was going to be not-that-bad, bombing from Texas Tech kicked
off an ugly finishing kick that put the pressure on going into this
season. The D doesn't have to be a brick wall, but it has to be merely
average for this to be a big year. That can happen.
quite right to call this a make-or-break year for the program, but there
might not be a convergence of so many positives at the same time. From
the talent level, to getting most of the big conference games at home,
to the buzz that can only surround a team and the program that believes
it's on the ascension to big things, it's all there. Now it's time to
finally prove it belongs.
What to look for on offense: The secondary receivers. Dez Bryant has to stay healthy, which has been
a wee bit of a problem, even though he's been able to tough it out when
needed, but even if he's 100% the second and third receivers need to
start doing more. So who will they be? DeMarcus Conner and Justin
Blackmon are projected to be starters, but Isaiah Anderson and Hubert
Anyiam are good options ready to make a splash.
What to look for on defense: More of a pass rush. New defensive coordinator Bill Young will try to
release the hounds and get all the speed an athleticism on the Cowboy
defense to start to produce big things. The pass rush was non-existent
throughout last year and the secondary suffered. At all costs against
the pass-happy Big 12 attacks, OSU has to sell out to hit a quarterback.
The results can't be too much worse after getting picked apart for 270
yards per game and 28 scores.
This team will be much better if…
Young's pass rush really does come through. The
linebacking corps should be terrific with all three starters returning
and there's speed and hitting ability in the secondary. But after
finishing last in the Big 12 in sacks, OSU has to unearth someone who
can close on a quarterback. However, it's not like OSU was never in the
backfield, with a lot of chasing of Missouri's Chase Daniel, for one
example. If the defensive front can go from making 15 sacks to coming up
with around 25, the defense could be far, far more effective.
Georgia. September 5th. If it's
time for Oklahoma State to be a real, live player in the college
football world, and if it wants to get the taste of the Holiday
Bowl out of its mouth, it needs to beat the Dawgs at home to set
the tone for the season. The week after against Houston isn't
going to be a whole bunch easier in what could be the most
exciting offensive shootout of the Big 12 non-conference season.
Things get a lot easier after that with a rebuilding Missouri
coming to Stillwater the toughest game to deal with until a
Halloween battle with Texas. Colorado will be improved, but
facing the Buffs along with Iowa State from the North isn't a
bad thing considering it means OSU doesn't have to deal with
Nebraska. The Texas and Texas Tech games are at home, but the
regular season ends at Oklahoma.
Best Offensive Player:
Junior WR Dez Bryant. No argument here if anyone
wants to vote for left tackle Russell Okung, quarterback Zac Robinson,
or running back Kendall Hunter as the team's best offensive player. But
Bryant is the weapon that everyone will try to erase first, but that's
easier said than done. He has to stay healthy and he has to prove he can
dominate no matter what the opposing secondary does, but he has the
combination of skills that could make him a top ten draft pick if he
chooses to leave early next year.
Best Defensive Player:
Senior Star Andre Sexton. Fellow linebacker Patrick
Lavine has been the team's most consistent tackler over the last three
years, and middle linebacker Orie Lemon might lead the team in stops now
that he knows what he's doing, but Sexton is the playmaker. The former
safety was a star on the strongside with a team-leading 100 tackles, and
now he'll likely be used more as a pass rusher from his strongside spot.
Key player to a
successful season: Sophomore DE Jamie Blatnick. Or junior end Ugo
Chinasa, or sophomore end Richetti Jones, or senior end Jeremiah Price,
or all of the above. All the talk of the improvements in the pass rush
will come down to the ends. If they don't produce, then the linebackers
will have more responsibility to get into the backfield and the back
seven will suffer. If the ends rock, then watch out for what the D can
The season will be a
success if ... the Cowboys the Big 12 South.
OSU is thinking big, like, BCS Championship big, but it can't get there
without winning the Big 12, and it can't get there without winning the
South. It might be this simple, though; win the South, and get to the
national championship. With an offense this good, shooting for anything
less wouldn't be quite right. However, the team has to come up with a
win over ...
Oct. 31 vs. Texas. 1997, 11 years ago, was the last
time Oklahoma State beat Texas, and that Longhorn team finished an awful
4-7. Texas doesn't just beat Oklahoma State, it seems to do it in
soul-crushing fashion. Actually, most of the wins have been blowouts,
but OSU has to stop the slide this year to have any real hope of winning
the South. If the Cowboys can pull off the season-opening win over
Georgia and can beat Texas, barring an upset, they'll be 11-0 going into
the Oklahoma showdown.
2008 Fun Stats:
- Fourth down
conversions: Oklahoma State 14-of-20 (70%) - Opponents 18-of-27 (67%)
- Total offense: Oklahoma State 6,340 yards - Opponents 5,272 yards
Punt return average: Oklahoma State 18.4 yards per try - Opponents 6.4
yards per try
2009 CFN Oklahoma State
2009 OSU Offense
2009 OSU Defense |
2009 OSU Depth