Oklahoma State, Big 12 Playoff Hopes Took a Huge Hit On Saturday

first_imgChampionship Weekend is set.See you next weekend. pic.twitter.com/kPiKxCNyTJ— ESPN CollegeFootball (@ESPNCFB) November 27, 2016Here is how I would rank teams’ odds of getting CFB Playoff spots with only the conference championship games left.AlabamaOhio StateClemsonWashingtonBig 10 winner (Wisconsin or Penn State)OUColoradoOklahoma StateMichiganAlabama can lose by 60 to Florida and it is in. Ohio State is in (winning your conference and division doesn’t matter anymore). Clemson is in if it beats Virginia Tech. Washington is in if it beats Colorado. That is the cleanest break for the CFB Playoff committee although Penn State beating Ohio State and potentially winning the Big 10 title but not getting in is amazing to me. Again, why have conferences?It gets messy if Clemson or Washington loses.Let’s look at Clemson first. If Clemson loses to Virginia Tech and Washington beats Colorado, neither Clemson nor Virginia Tech will get in the CFB Playoff from the ACC. Who’s up? It will probably be the Big 10 title winner. Although it could be Oklahoma (probably not Oklahoma State because … brands). So your playoff would be Alabama, Ohio State, Washington and Penn State or Wisconsin (or maybe Oklahoma).Only 2 FBS teams have 5 wins vs. the ESPN FPI top 40. One is Alabama. The other is Oklahoma St. And Pokes have shot at another in Bedlam— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) November 23, 2016What if Clemson wins but Washington loses? Probably the same thing although Colorado would be the Pac-12 champion at 11-2 which would make it interesting between them and Penn State or Wisconsin at 11-2 (as well as a 10-2 OU). I still don’t think a Big 12 winner would get in although those blind resumes would be fascinating. Remember, Wisconsin, Penn State and Colorado were all ahead of Oklahoma State in the CFB Playoff rankings this week. And Wisconsin and Penn State were also ahead of OU.But what if Colorado beats Washington and Virginia Tech beats Clemson. Whoo boy, we got ourselves a situation.If that happened, Alabama would be in. Ohio State would be in. I think the Big 10 winner would be in. And the committee would have to choose between 11-2 Colorado, 10-2 Washington, 10-2 Oklahoma/Oklahoma State and 10-2 Michigan. I am here for that. That’s a fighting chance for the Big 12 although I think Colorado and the Big 10 winner might squeeze in over 10-2 OSU which would be painful.Also. can you imagine if it went with Alabama, Ohio State, Penn State and Michigan??? The Big 10 playoffs! Here is the best I can do for the Big 12 on 538.screen-shot-2016-11-26-at-11-14-17-pmNot great. Oklahoma State needs Colorado to beat Washington on a terrible call. It needs Virginia Tech to mash Clemson. And it needs to beat OU rather convincingly to have a chance. I also think Penn State barely winning the Big 10 title gives OSU (but more so OU) a hail mary (pun intended). The reality, though, is that the Big 12 is probably buried.However, the Pac-12 title is on Friday night so get your Rashaan Salaam jerseys on and lets throw it back for one of our old Big 8 brethren! While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. The Big 12 champion, whoever that may be one week from today, needed the following things to happen on Friday and Saturday to have a nice shot at the CFB Playoff.Ohio State and Michigan State win OR Michigan winColorado lossClemson lossWashington lossNone of them happened. That’s bad news for a conference that looks like it will get shut out for the second time in three years.Here are your conference title games next week:SEC: Alabama (12-0) vs. Florida (8-4)ACC: Clemson (11-1) vs. Virginia Tech (9-3)Big 10: Wisconsin (10-2) vs. Penn State (10-2)Big 12: Oklahoma State (9-2) vs. Oklahoma (9-2)Pac-12: Washington (11-1) vs. Colorado (10-2)last_img read more

The Texas Rangers Are Investigating Baylor and its Sexual Assault Scandal

first_imgOne Texas legislator is fed up with the ongoing sexual assault scandal taking place at Baylor, and wants the state’s best on the job to join the investigation.Texas state representative Roland Gutierrez filed HR 644 last week asking Texas governor Greg Abbot to have the Texas Rangers investigate “the obstruction of justice surrounding the sexual assault of young female students at Baylor University,” according to legislation documents.That investigation began today, according to ESPN’s Mark Schlabach: While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Texas Rangers have opened preliminary investigation of Baylor and its police department to determine whether further action is needed— Mark Schlabach (@Mark_Schlabach) March 1, 2017“The Texas Rangers are working with the local prosecutor to conduct a preliminary investigation to determine if further action is warranted,” Tom Vinegar, press secretary for the Texas Department of Public Safety told ESPN.The investigation will focus on the handling — or mishandling — of allegations of sexual assault by students at Baylor.“What has happened here in Waco, what happened at Baylor, is so far different from any university in the state,” State Rep. Roland Gutierrez told ESPN. “We can’t stop bad things from happening, but we sure as hell can demand accountability. We sure as hell can demand that people protect our children.”last_img read more

100 Days of Summer: Get to Know No. 93 Jarrell Owens

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Let’s keep this 100 days of summer rolling on with No. 93, junior defensive end Jarrell Owens.How he got to OSUA three-star prospect out of Palestine High School (Palestine, Texas), Owens was originally committed to to play closer to home at TCU. Six months after his commitment to the Horned Frogs, second-year DL coach Joe Bob Clements, convinced Owens to make a trip to Stillwater. Two days later, he had decommitted from TCU and was ready to sign with the Cowboys.What he’s done in StillwaterAfter a redshirt year in 2014, Owens began contributing immediately as a redshirt freshman, earning meaningful reps in a rotation headlined by Emmanuel Ogbah and Jimmy Bean. He was both productive and disruptive. That year he finished with 11 tackles (8 solo), three tackles for loss, three sacks, three QB hurries, a pass breakup and a forced fumble.In 2016, Owens earned a starting spot opposite Cole Walterscheid and started 12 games. He tallied 25 total tackles (17 solo), 5.5 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks and three QB hurries. He also showed his athleticism during one of Oklahoma State’s Piesman-nominated plays.Wild play alert courtesy of @CowboyFB defense.#Big12FB on FS1 https://t.co/9wNohKypWe— Big 12 Conference (@Big12Conference) October 22, 2016During the off season, Owens hones his tackling skills in a way that may seem unusual to some. He hunts feral hogs — and catches them with his bare hands.Role in 2017Owens looks ready to defend his starting spot and should definitely be featured in the Cowboys’ two-deep end rotation which Mike Gundy expects to operate hockey-like line rotations. Between he, Jordan Brailford, Cole Walterscheid and Vili Leveni the Cowboys boast as talented and deep a group of rotation ends as Mike Gundy has had. Any one of them could have a huge game at any time and each one will need to have multiples for the Cowboys to reach their potential.Noteworthy Stats and highlightsHad a career-high two tackles for loss, including a sack against Southeastern Louisiana last season. In the Alamo Bowl, he was disruptive, recording four tackles, a tackle for loss and two QB hurries.last_img read more

Brad Lundblade Named to Rimington Trophy Fall Watch List

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. OSUBrad LundbladeSenior Kansas StateReid NajvarSenior Iowa StateJulian Good-JonesSophomore OUErick WrenRS Senior Oklahoma State center Brad Lundblade has been named to the Rimington Trophy Fall Watch List, the committee announced on Wednesday. Lundblade is one of 70 players on the list given to the most outstanding center in college football.Of the 70 players, only eight from the Big 12 were included on the list. He is one of five seniors from the Big 12 to be dubbed as a potential candidate to win the award. BaylorTanner ThriftSeniorcenter_img TexasZach ShackelfordSophomore SchoolPlayerClassification After starting his career as a walk-on, Lundblade was put on scholarship in 2015 and has rewarded Mike Gundy by starting in every game for the Pokes over the past two seasons. He’s gone from little-known walk-on to one of the the key pieces in OSU’s revived running game, which thrived last season in producing its first 1,000 yard-rusher since 2010.“Brad is a very good communicator,” Gundy told The Oklahoman last fall. “He’s gotten better. He’s healthy. He’s coming off the ball. You can’t ask for anything more than that. He’s a tough son of a gun. Loves the game.”*Marks two spaces off my Mike Gundy bingo card.*The Rimington Trophy Award was given to Ohio State’s Pat Elflein last season. The winner for the 2017-18 season will be recognized Jan. 13, 2018 at the Rococo Theatre in Lincoln, Nebraska. KansasMesa RibordySophomore TCUAustin SchlottmannSeniorlast_img read more

Bleacher Report Tabs Mason Rudolph As Potential No. 1 NFL Draft Pick in 2018

first_imgOptimism for 2017 began last December, before the Cowboys trounced Pac-12 darling Colorado in last year’s Alamo Bowl. And when Mason Rudolph and James Washington announced their intentions to return for their senior seasons, Oklahoma State was automatically a Big 12 contender.The buzz surrounding the duo — and the program — has only gotten louder. The NFL Draft they both decided to sit out of, became a QB-picking frenzy. Several signal callers shot up team’s boards and were picked higher than expected including Texas Tech’s Patrick Mahomes. No. 2 pick Mitch Trubisky had comparable stats to Rudolph in his one year at the helm of North Carolina. Who knows where the South Carolina native would have been picked?AdChoices广告For Rudolph, that may be a moot point anyway.“If I’d have gotten a first-round grade, I would have stayed,” said Rudolph during Big 12 Media Days. Even with a first-round grade? “I think so. I don’t know if I was ready at that point.”If he was not ready this summer, another year should do the trick. At least, that’s the thinking at Bleacher Report, who named Rudolph one of 13 upcoming juniors and seniors tabbed as being the potential No. 1 NFL Draft pick. The group is ranked only by alphabetic order. Here’s what they had to say about Rudolph:Mason Rudolph, who could’ve garnered first-round attention in 2017, has consistently improved at Oklahoma State.After a successful 2015 campaign despite ceding short-yardage work to J.W. Walsh, Rudolph efficiently torched defenses last season. He posted a 63.4 completion percentage with 28 touchdowns and only four interceptions and chipped in six scores on the ground.The 6’5″, 230-pound Rudolph seemingly checks all the scouting boxes (height, velocity, touch, progressions), so another productive year should push the gunslinger closer to the top of draft boards. [Bleacher Report]No. 1 would be something. He would be only the second Cowboy to go with first-overall pick. Bob Fenimore was No. 1 exactly 70 years ago. OSU has had just eight top-10 picks in school history.But Rudolph is not worried about making that type of history, at least not yet. His mind is on another second: Winning his school’s second Big 12 title.“It would mean a lot,” he said “I think with our school, Oklahoma State, only being there one time, it would mean a lot. Our team would go down in history. It would be something to always come back for and remember.”“I want to leave a legacy here at Oklahoma State,” Rudolph said. “I want to be able to enjoy my senior season and then attack the NFL whenever that comes my way.” While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Oklahoma State Can Join 100/10 Club With Historic Season

first_imgLouisville49-16-075% Georgia48-18-073% Kansas State43-22-066% Penn State87-42-067% TeamRecordWin Percentage USC44-23-066% Wisconsin49-19-072% Oregon102-30-077% Stanford53-15-078% Notre Dame43-21-067% Texas A&M44-21-068% Alabama64-7-090% Oklahoma104-29-078% LSU98-32-075% Michigan State46-20-070% We all know Oklahoma State has been one of the best teams in the country over the last five and 10 years, but do you know just how good the Pokes have been? Because of a leaky 2014 season OSU has fallen out of the prestigious 50/5 club (50 wins over the last five years), but they’re still one of just 18 Power 5 schools to win two-thirds of their games over the last five seasons.Records in last five years (Since 2012) LSU45-18-071% Oklahoma State93-37-072% Florida State59-9-087% Ohio State61-6-091% Clemson102-34-075% TeamRecordWin Percentagecenter_img Alabama119-19-086% Florida91-40-070% Clemson60-9-087% Michigan State90-42-068% TCU95-34-074% Oregon49-17-074% Ohio State111-21-084% Utah88-40-069% Wisconsin97-37-072% AdChoices广告Better than USC, Notre Dame and Texas A&M? I’ll take it. Also, how insane is the 60/5 club that Clemson, Ohio State and Alabama are in? My gosh. Now let’s take a look at the last 10 years. Again this is Power 5 teams only (TCU and Utah cross both lines, but I decided to keep them in).Records in last 10 years (Since 2007) While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Baylor47-18-072% Georgia93-39-071% Oklahoma51-14-079% Stanford93-38-071% Florida State101-33-075% Oklahoma State45-20-069% Virginia Tech92-43-068% There are six 100/10 clubs, and they’re all elite programs.When I talk about how we maybe underrate what Mike Gundy has done in his time at OSU, this is what I’m talking about. Consider this: Since Gundy took over in 2005 Oklahoma State and Texas (Texas!) have the exact same record. Can you imagine telling the version of yourself watching that Texas-SC Rose Bowl that this would be the case in 2017?“It’s an exciting time for all of us,” Mike Gundy said last week. “I was thinking flying down (to Big 12 Media Days) this morning just how we evolved at Oklahoma State and the culture that we’ve created with the young men and how fun it is for myself and our staff, the guys that were on the plane. They’ve been such great leaders for us. We’ve evolved into something really special at Oklahoma State.”This is true. Gundy went on to explain just how OSU has done this.“At first when I got this job, I guess I wasn’t smart enough to realize how hard it was,” continued Gundy. “So we just never stopped. We moved forward. We tried to make the best decisions with the resources we had. We tried to be on the cutting edge, not only Xs and Os-wise, but from the science behind football, different ways to do things, cutting back on practices, not having full-scale tackle practices or scrimmages in the fall and spring.“But then as we matured as a program, I realized that the most important thing we’ve done is we’ve created a culture at Oklahoma State for success in all different areas. We have some structure. We have certain ways that we expect our players to operate to be a part of our team and that we’re all lucky that we’re here, myself included, and that Oklahoma State football is by far bigger than any one person in our program, and we live by that.“We’re very disciplined. We’re very structured. Accountability is important. We’re unselfish. We respect our opponents, but we don’t fear anybody. I think that we’ve stayed with that, and we’ve created a culture where players understand success.”This is apparent, and don’t look now, but with a 14-win season this year (???) OSU can join that aforementioned 100/10 group next year (they’re 86-31 in the last nine years).A hundred wins in 10 years. That would have seemed laughable just a decade ago. But now OSU is one historic season from making it happen. USC94-37-072%last_img read more

Projecting the Ceiling for OSU Freshmen in 2017

first_imgMalcolm Rodriguez, safety: Rodriguez has a high ceiling, but I think he’ll remain on the floor as a redshirt in 2017 with the depth OSU has.Thabo Mwaniki, safety: Mwaniki, too, is a highly talented player with big upside. But I’d be stunned if he plays in 2017.Tre Sterling, safety: I won’t budge from this: any safety OSU signed is likely to redshirt. Maybe that changes depending on depth and injuries, but Sterling likely won’t play as a freshman.Brayden Johnson, wide receiver: Given the depth at receiver, Johnson is a redshirt candidate.Brock Martin, defensive end: Call me crazy, but I think Brock Martin sees the field as a freshman. He’s a wildly talented pass-rusher with good hands he developed as a wrestler, and uses his leverage to his advantage. I think he’ll earn some buzz in fall camp similar to what Justice Hill and James Washington have over the past few years.Brendon Evers, defensive tackle: Just like Martin, I think the door is open for Evers to make an impact as a freshman. He’s built like a MACK truck and has the mindset needed to compete at the Division I level.JD King, running back: I don’t mean to sound hot-takey, but King reminds me a lot of Ezekiel Elliott. He’s got a quick burst through the gaps, he’s a solid pass-blocker, and he’s a heckuva runner in the open field. If someone told me that King, not Hubbard, has more rushing yards as a freshman, I wouldn’t be shocked. I think he’s going to be a beast.Brendan Vaughn, linebacker: Linebacker depth is almost always a concern, but this year might be the exception. Vaughn, an early enrollee, could be part of a rotation as a third man. But if he plays more than that, injuries will have a big role.Kris McCune, safety: Of all the freshman safeties, I think I like McCune to contribute early the most. Like I said above, I think all safety signees will redshirt. But McCune is a freak athlete who could see the field and it wouldn’t surprise me.Jelani Woods, quarterback: A battle for the backup position might be won by Taylor Cornelius, but Jelani Woods will have his shot, too. The 6-7 athlete will compete against Keondre Wudtee and John Kolar for the gig. But I think the plan is for him to redshirt next season.Tracin Wallace, quarterback: After two brutal ACL tears, OSU has the luxury of redshirting Wallace and rehabbing his knees. He’ll do well as a scout-teamer in 2017.LaMarcus Morton, cornerback: Morton was an early enrollee and could be an early contributor, given the lack of depth at cornerback.Shamond Greenwood, wide receiver: For as good as Greenwood is, his best option will be redshirting and waiting to replace Marcel Ateman in 2018. 6-foot-4 receivers don’t grow on trees, and he’s in for a solid college career if he can stay healthy. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. With 12 returning starters on offense and defense combined, OSU’s roster for 2017 is loaded with experience and explosiveness on paper.Mason Rudolph, Justice Hill and James Washington form a lethal big three on offense that proved to be unstoppable at times last season. And on defense, Chad Whitener and Jarrell Owens headline what should be a formidable front line that finished on a high note last season.Regardless of how far the returning starters can propel the team in 2017, though, it seems every year there’s a newcomer that makes a bigger-than-expected impact at a position of need. Just a few seasons ago, it was James Washington who caught 28 passes for 456 yards as a freshman. Last season, it was Justice Hill running for over 1,000 yards and earning freshman All-American honors. So who might it be this season? I’ve got some ideas.AdChoices广告Let’s take a look at the ceiling of impact for each incoming freshmen.Baron Odom, tight end: Odom was a late addition to the 2017 recruiting class after a late flip from long-time pledge Tyler Henderson to Baylor. As such, I don’t see Odom contributing — and he likely won’t be expected to. A former Rice commit, Odom will likely redshirt in 2017.Tylan Wallace, wide receiver: Even with Tyron Johnson, James Washington, Jalen McCleskey and Chris Lacy, Wallace has a shot to make an impact in 2017. He’s a fast, shifty receiver who Gundy says is “tremendous in a phone booth.” I think his ceiling is a 25-catch season for ~400 yards — similar to what James Washington accomplished as a freshman.Chuba Hubbard, running back: In any other scenario, Hubbard might be an auto-redshirt. But behind Justice Hill there’s no real quality depth that’s been developed outside Jeff Carr. I think Hubbard is due for a breakout season as a true freshman. He won’t have the same year Hill had (rushing for 1,000+ and earning All-American honors), but I think he’ll grab 600 rushing yards and be a threat as a pass-catcher out of the backfield..@Hubbard_RMN: V fast. pic.twitter.com/bhmCtYDosD— Kyle Boone (@PFBoone) July 25, 2017last_img read more

Who Oklahoma State Should Target at Defensive Tackle For 2018

first_imgLast week we took a look at where Oklahoma State’s 2018 recruiting class stands and which positions they should focus their efforts on with their remaining scholarships. From here I thought it best to break down each of those four positions and look at where OSU is likely to or should focus their efforts.As a recap, OSU still has a maximum of seven scholarships remaining for the 2018 class, but I think they’ll only use four or five. Here are the positions I believe they need to fill:Defensive endCowboy backDefensive tackleLinebackerAdChoices广告We are going to skip the linebacker position, because Kyle Boone already did a great job looking at which recruits Coach Gundy and Co. might focus their efforts on. So first up: the defensive tackle position.OSU’s primary focus should remain on landing junior college standout Tayland Humphrey. We’ve talked about Humphrey, a four-star prospect from Hutchinson Community College, a lot. Earlier this year, Tayland’s brother, John Bolding II, said that he and his younger brother would play at the same school. However, Bolding announced his commitment to FIU back in July. If Humphrey was going to stick to the plan of sticking with his brother, you’d think he would have announced his decision as well.Since it looks like the plan to play together isn’t working out (unless a bonafide blue-chip recruit like Humphrey decides to commit to FIU), where Humphrey ends up is a bit of a crap shoot. However, I do believe OSU is putting a lot of effort into bringing the stud DT to Stillwater.The other name we’ve talked about a lot is three-star local talent Israel Antwine. The former Ole Miss commit has been quiet about his recruitment since decommiting from the Rebels.He currently has offers from more than a dozen teams including OSU, Arkansas, Missouri, TCU, Kansas, and Tulsa. As of now, 247Sports is overwhelmingly predicting Antwine to commit to Texas. The Longhorns made an offer to Antwine when things started looking dicey in Oxford and right before he decommited.Texas may be the “favorites”, but Oklahoma State is likely still in the running. The Cowboys seemed like one of the favorites before he picked Ole Miss, and should still be a team to watch now that he has reopened his recruitment.Oklahoma State is also strongly in the running for three-star DT Moro Ojomo who would immediately win the “best name award” for the 2018 class. Ojomo is 6-foot-2, 267-pound DT from Katy, Texas.Ojomo has offers from 10 schools including OSU, TCU, Arizona State, Ole Miss, Indiana, Houston, SMU, Kansas, Tulane, and Texas State. One 247Sports expert, Jeremiah Glenn of the TCU page HornedFrogBlitz, predicts Ojomo will pick the Cowboys. Glenn has over 71% accuracy on 121 predictions.There is a lot of talk that Ojomo could pick up an offer from Texas if they don’t land another guy or two they’re targeting. If that happens, there would likely be mutual interest. Mojomo doesn’t feel like one that’s going to make his decision soon, so if OSU wants to land him, they’re going to have to keep his attention on Stillwater and away from Austin.Even if OSU lands Humphrey, they would benefit from also adding a four year player at defensive tackle. After watching his highlight reel, I think you’ll agree he would be a welcome addition to the class. Another player of interest for OSU is Sione Vea Kava, an unranked DT at East Los Angeles College. As a freshman last season for the Huskies, Vea Kava totaled 22 tackles, five tackles for a loss, two sacks, and had five blocked kicks, on a team that went 9-2. He also played as both a 3-4 defensive end and a 4-3 pass-rushing defensive tackle.The 6-foot-6, 260-pound Hawaiian native currently has offers from at least nine teams, including OSU, OU, Oregon, Oregon State, Ole Miss, Arizona State, Georgia Southern, Hawaii, and Nevada. I have a feeling, as good as he was his first year, Vea Kava is going to continue to get offers. Getting on Vea Kava and becoming a favorite early, would be a smart move for Coach Gundy and Co.Another solid option at the position is an under-the-radar player in two-star DT Devin Winters.Winters doesn’t currently have an offer from Oklahoma State, but there is interest. He does have offers from 12 teams including Ole Miss, Oregon State, Kansas, Cincinnati, Houston, Tulsa, SMU, UTSA, Louisiana-Lafayette, Kent State, Tulane, and UAB.The 6-foot-4, 245-pound prospect is one on the rise, and likely a priority for Ole Miss. The Rebels offered Winters just a few days before Antwine decommited. With Antwine out, I expect Ole Miss to look to Winters as a replacement for him.While OSU hasn’t looked his way in awhile, Winters feels like a recruit itching to play for a power-5 program over a group-of-5. If OSU were to make an offer and use their Louisiana pipeline to woo Winters, there’s a good chance they could pick up his commitment. Keep an eye on Winters if OSU misses out on multiple other prospects they’re after. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

100 Days of Summer: Get to Know No. 1 Jalen McCleskey

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. We’re counting down hours not days to the kickoff of the 2017 football season. No. 1 on our countdown is Jalen McCleskey, one of the leading returning pass catchers in the Big 12 and one opposing defenses can’t overlook.How he got to OSUThe three-star prospect from St. Paul’s (Covington, Louisiana) was looked over by most schools because of size. At 5-foot-10 and 165 pounds, McCleskey wasn’t exactly an imposing figure. But the son of former NFL defensive back J.J. McCleskey, had the speed (4.40 40-yard time) and the work ethic to be a playmaker at the next level.Luckily for all involved, Mike Gundy has a knack for mining diamond-in-the-rough wideouts and not only extended McCleskey his only Power 5 offer, but trusted the speedster to play immediately as a true freshman both on offense and as a punt returner from Day 1.AdChoices广告What he’s done in StillwaterSince his arrival in 2015, McCleskey has shown both that speed and work effort mentioned earlier, plus another attribute that Mike Gundy didn’t necessarily predict. He’s got stick’em gloves. As a true freshman — in an albeit smaller sample size — McCleskey caught 29 catches on 32 targets. That’s a ridiculous 90.6 percent catch rate.In 2016, as the Cowboys’ leader in caught passes (73), he hauled in 75.3 percent of his 97 targets. Those are Justin Blackmon numbers from an efficiency standpoint. McCleskey’s also worked on his body during his time in Stillwater. He’s never going to be Blackmon or Dez type physically but tell that to the side-shuffling line judge or the scoreboard.Role in 2017McCleskey enters his junior season as the undisputed starter at the slot position. He’s one of a half dozen or so playmakers who could go off at any time. But even with that depth and talent OSU boasts at receiver, McCleskey could be up for more targets in 2017.With the departure of Blake Jarwin and Zac Veatch, who combined for 36 targets in 2016, we expect the role of the Cowboy Back to decrease, at least slightly, in favor of 10 personnel (one RB, four WRs) or even 00 personnel (five-wide) looks. With a need to keep defenses honest in the middle of the field, guys like McCleskey and Dillon Stoner become invaluable weapons.Noteworthy stats and highlightsMcCleskey grabbed a career-high 11 catches twice in 2016. He recorded three 100-plus yard games last year, as well, including four catches for 109 yards and two scores against Texas. He also returns as the Cowboys’ featured punt returner and has one return touchdown against Texas Tech in 2015.And he can even catch a deep ball or two if need be. He showed that here in his (and Mason Rudolph’s) first game inside Boone Pickens Stadium in 2015.Advanced wide receiver stats come courtesy of Bill Connelly and Football Study Hall.last_img read more

Mike Gundy’s Message to Mason Rudolph Ahead of OSU’s Season-Opener

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Ahead of OSU’s season-opening football game set for Thursday evening, head coach Mike Gundy offered a glimpse into his communications with quarterback Mason Rudolph. The message? Stay within yourself.“So many people have talked about him, he’s a potential national award winner. His name has been brought up with the Heisman .. my communication to him was, ‘Just play within yourself. Don’t get out of your box. You know what your strengths are, you don’t have to do anything else. We have enough good players that can make plays. Don’t force the issue.’”Rudolph, a preseason Heisman hopeful, has a habit of making big plays. But as a junior last season, he got himself into trouble at times trying to make too much of plays that were dead or trying to make extra yards on the ground instead of tucking it and surrendering himself.AdChoices广告As Rudolph enters his final year as the Cowboy starter, Gundy hopes he’s learned from his mistakes of 2016 and can build off what has been a strong fall camp for QB1.“Hopefully he understands that,” Gundy said. “He’s done well in the preseason.”Hear Coach Gundy’s message to Mason before tomorrow’s game. #okstate #GoPokes pic.twitter.com/IAvfe7Caay— Cowboy Football (@CowboyFB) August 30, 2017last_img read more