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Defensive Front, Talent and Depth, the Answer to a lot of Defensive Questions

August 5, 2022

STILLWATER – Day three of fall camp and the first day in shoulder pads. I don’t have to tell you that when the shoulder pads come on and join the helmet then practice gets to a whole new level. No tackling to the ground, but the physicality ramps up and action in the trenches gets real. A couple of things I noticed as the work in team focused on plus side for the offense and lots of variations other than the zone run game, which was a focus on Thursday.

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Defensive Front, Talent and Depth, the Answer to a lot of Defensive Questions

901 Views | 2 Replies | Last: 10 days ago by CaliforniaCowboy
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Here I am again thinking this team is more loaded than the prior year, except at QB which is the singular, most important position. But Spencer has now matured and has had a couple Springs with our qb coach. I honestly am believing this defense will be close to last year's D and perhaps better in the line (absent injuries) which is huge.
And I think our OL and receivers will be a considerable step up from last year on a broad, depth basis (although we don't know if a single deep threat like Tay will emerge). However, between Bray, Green, Braden, Rashod, Langston, Cale, Tate, Johnson (Fr) and Shettron (Fr) you have to think we can run the deep routes until DB's get tired! And who in the country has a better slot/short passing game situation than OSU with two Presleys, JP and perhaps Braden part time in slots with the threat of CW Green sneaking out of the backfield!
And running back is deep, so if no "Jalen" arises right off, you have to think our committee there will be pretty darned good and clawing to make their mark each carry. If this team stays healthier than last years (which almost won the conference championship game despite 3 or 4 huge player injuries going into ATT including a couple in our thin OL as well as Jalen), the Cowboys should have a great chance at repeating as regular season champs and getting another shot at the Big XII Championship game.
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LOL 72.... thanks for passing the Kool-Aid around!

we need to continue to develop since the whole team is practically devoid of experience (with only about 5 returning starters on each side of the ball, depending on how you count).

The early games are going to be crucial to our development, after that we'll need to stay fairly injury free and keep the turnovers to a minimum (or have a lot of take away's)

I agree, that's not too much to ask for, and a championship season could be in the works with just a few good bounces of the ball.

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