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  SEPT 13 BIG 12 CO-DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Malcolm Rodriguez, Oklahoma State, LB, Sr.,...Rodriguez led all players in the game in tackles for the second-straight week, recording 13 total in OSU's 28-23 win over Tulsa. Eight of his tackles were solo stops. He made tackles on five of Tulsa's first eight plays of the game. The senior LB ranks No. 1 among FBS players with an average of 14 tackles per game this season and is also the national leader with 8.5 solo tackles per game. - Big 12 Football

(DS#10 OLB) rSr/2022 OLB Malcolm RodriguezOklahoma State
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  09/13/21 - LD BrownrSr/2022, Oklahoma State, 5-09, 205 (DS#13 RB) + More +

  SEPT 13 BIG 12 SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: LD Brown, Oklahoma State, RB/KR, Sr.,...Brown's 98-yard kickoff return against Tulsa tied for the seventh-longest in school history, and was the longest since Tyreek Hill returned one 99 yards for a score at Kansas in 2014. The play came with OSU trailing by three points in the fourth quarter and put the Cowboys on top for good. Brown led all players in the game with 141 all-purpose yards. The senior RB also carried the ball nine times and made a catch. - Big 12 Football

(DS#13 RB) rSr/2022 RB LD BrownOklahoma State
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  09/11/21 - LD BrownrSr/2022, Oklahoma State, 5-09, 205 (DS#13 RB) + More +

  Jaylen Warren shed three tackles to punch in an 11-yard touchdown run that gave Oklahoma State enough insurance to beat Tulsa 28-23 on Saturday. The Cowboys trailed 14-7 entering the fourth quarter, but took control of the nonconference game with a Spencer Sanders touchdown throw, LD Brown's 98-yard kickoff return for a score and Warren's late run. Oklahoma State's defense helped it avoid a rare loss to its Turnpike Classic rival, limiting the Golden Hurricane offense to four third-down conversions on 13 attempts and 17 points. "I was proud of our defense for continuing to put us in a great situation," Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said. "… They continue to play well, as we try to grow up a little bit on offense and get some young players developed and kind of work through a few things." Tulsa, which fell to FCS program UC Davis last week, looked poised to beat Oklahoma State for the first time since 1998 and win its first game in Stillwater since 1951.

The Golden Hurricane forced a 7-7 tie at halftime, courtesy Justin Wright's 55-yard interception return for a touchdown late in the second quarter. Tulsa couldn't overcome the Cowboys' fourth-quarter explosion, even after adding a touchdown with 3:06 to play. OSU recovered an on-side kick and ran out the clock. Similar to its narrow victory over Missouri State last Saturday, Oklahoma State's offense struggled to find its footing, even with its starting quarterback back in the lineup. Sanders, who missed the team's season opener, finished with 173 passing yards on 15-of-26 passing to go with two touchdowns and an interception. "I think everybody in this building is going to tell me I played good," Sanders said, "but I'm gonna honest with myself, I got to play better." - Oklahoma State/AP College Football


(DS#13 RB) rSr/2022 RB LD BrownOklahoma State
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  Oklahoma State stopped Missouri State on fourth down twice during the last two minutes of the fourth quarter to hold on for a 23-16 victory on Saturday. The Cowboys botched a kickoff return deep in their own territory after the Bears scored their first touchdown with 3:06 remaining. Missouri State, trailing by seven, couldn't score on the possession and had another chance to tie the game with less than a minute left but failed to complete the rally. "The defense, obviously, did a great job," said Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy. "We put (Missouri State) in terrible situations multiple times, and they continue to make play after play after play after play." Oklahoma State's Devin Harper, who finished with a team-high 2 1/2 tackles for loss, and Brock Martin recorded the final sack of Missouri State's Jason Shelley that put the Bears away. Oklahoma State backup quarterback Shane Illingworth threw for 315 yards and was 22-of-40 passing in his third career start. Illingworth, who replaced regular starter Spencer Sanders in the team's season opener, raced Oklahoma State down the field on its first offensive possession and connected in the end zone with Tay Martin. - Oklahoma State/AP College Football

(DS#5 QB) So/2024 QB Shane IllingworthOklahoma State
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  08/31/21 - Dezmon JacksonrSr/2022, Oklahoma State, 5-11, 218 (DS#27 RB) + More +

  Dezmon Jackson is a gamer. That phrase can mean a lot of different things these days, but here's what it means in regard to the Oklahoma State running back. "I don't say this a lot, but he actually plays better in games than he practices," OSU coach Mike Gundy said. "Now, he practices hard, but in games, he slashes and seems to be more productive than he actually is in live settings in practice. "There's very few young men that I've come across in my career that were actually able to do that." That's a little bit of an unfortunate trait, considering how much time football players spend practicing, compared to playing games.

However, opening week is here, and Jackson is sure to get some game action on Saturday when the Cowboys host Missouri State at 6 p.m. at Boone Pickens Stadium, televised by ESPN+. "I've always referred to myself as not really a practice guy," said Jackson, a 5-foot-11, 220-pound redshirt senior. "I don't know why, but when I'm in practice, it don't really click to me, but when I get on the field in games, it's just so easy. "I think it's just my adrenaline going, knowing it's game day. Playing with my teammates, playing in front of fans and just doing something I love. It's something that gets me going." - Daily Oklahoman


(DS#27 RB) rSr/2022 RB Dezmon JacksonOklahoma State
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  Mike Gundy has said many times while working with young quarterbacks at Oklahoma State that it takes a few years of starting experience before the athlete truly grasps the concepts of college football. And with 20 games now under his belt, Spencer Sanders is approaching that level for the Cowboys. And according to his head coach, the Denton, Texas, product has already shown signs of doing just that this offseason. "We've been very impressed and excited about Spencer's development. My personal opinion is last year the spring ball that he missed and summer conditioning because of COVID set him back," Gundy said. "And I feel like in the two months that we watched him over spring ball, he's developed more than he has in two years. "So, we'll find out once the season starts. There's never been a question with his toughness, his commitment and his competitive nature." His competitive nature is something Gundy has worked to harness over the past few years.

At times in the past, Sanders would turn his passion to compete into compounding mistakes - driven by trying make up for a previous mistake, only leading to another. That was most evident in his first season as the starting signal caller when he turned the ball over five times in a loss at Texas Tech. But it's finding that balance between making a play to help the team vs. making a play that hurts the team. "He makes plays out here," Gundy said. "The defense makes plays against him, too, which is good. So I just feel like he's in a good spot. Is he gonna make mistakes? Sure he is. Sometimes, will he fire one to the wrong team? Sure he will, just like Mason (Rudolph) did." - Stillwater Press


(DS#21 QB) rJr/2023 QB Spencer SandersOklahoma State
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  Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy ran down a list of some true freshmen who could potentially play significant roles for the Cowboys this season. Some were expected, like the quartet of young receivers - twins Blaine and Bryson Green, Jaden Bray and John Paul Richardson - at a position that lacks a lot of veteran depth. Defensive end isn't one of those positions, but Gundy says true freshman Collin Oliver out of Edmond Santa Fe is likely to be in the rotation, despite having players like Trace Ford, Brock Martin and Tyren Irby ahead of him on the depth chart. "Collin's gonna play," Gundy said. "How much? It's based on a lot of different things, the packages we use. But I feel like he's gonna be in the game playing."

Martin, a senior who has been a strong guiding presence for young players during his career, sees great potential in Oliver, who is listed at 6-foot-2 and 225 pounds. "You've got the new guy, Collin Oliver, who I think will probably be an All-American by the end of his career," Martin said. "He's just a freak athlete. He's strong in the weight room. He really takes this stuff serious. He asks questions, and he's got a lot of help." Oliver, who was No. 3 in The Oklahoman's final Super 30 rankings for the 2020 class, had 66 tackles with four sacks last season at Edmond Santa Fe. - Daily Oklahoman


(DS#18 ILB) Fr/2025 ILB Collin OliverOklahoma State
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  Last season, the right side of the Oklahoma State offensive line was hit hardest by injuries. Cole Birmingham and Hunter Anthony, the starters at right guard and right tackle, respectively, were out for the season before halftime of the first game. But last year's pain is this year's gain. The right side of the offensive line is stacked with experienced players who the Cowboy coaches already know they can trust in game situations.

Anchoring the right side is tackle Jake Springfield, who started most of the season at left tackle a year ago. The 6-foot-5, 310-pound sophomore and former walk-on was thrown into the fire when Anthony was injured. That triggered the first "musical chairs" moment of the year, with Teven Jenkins shifting from left to right tackle, and Springfield entering on the left. Now, Springfield has shifted to the right side, where he feels more comfortable. And he has gotten some tips from Jenkins, his close friend who is now with the Chicago Bears. "We've been talking," Springfield said. "I'm trying to just be like him. But it feels a lot better being on the right side. I'm more confident." - Daily Oklahoman


(DS#8 OT) rSo/2024 OT Jake SpringfieldOklahoma State
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  The key to a quarterback/center relationship starts with a good snap. New Oklahoma State center Danny Godlevske wants that relationship to be perfect. "He talks to me after every series, 'Are my snaps good?'" Cowboy quarterback Spencer Sanders said of Godlevske. "He's making sure his snaps are good every time. "I feel like our chemistry is good. He knows he can talk to me anytime. We've built a bond not just as teammates, but a brotherhood." Godlevske gelled with his fellow offensive linemen quickly as well after transferring from Miami of Ohio in January. A sixth-year senior, taking advantage of the additional year of eligibility afforded players last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Godlevske brought a veteran mentality and plenty of experience to the center position.

With his addition, four of the five projected starters on the OSU offensive line will have started multiple Division I games. Godlevske's experience allowed him to learn the Cowboy offense quickly, which was key in a critical position where making pre-snap calls for blocking schemes is necessary. "From spring ball, you saw that he had a work ethic like no other," starting left guard Josh Sills said. "Coming from Miami of Ohio, not being at a Power 5 school, I've heard him mention it to me quite a few times that he feels like he needs to prove himself. "As far as gelling with us, it's been great. He picked up the offense super-quick, knows all the calls. When we go turbo, he's the first one at the ball, makes the call, gets set, and everybody goes off of him. "With his football knowledge and experience that he has… he's getting himself in the best possible position to make our team successful." - Daily Oklahoman


(DS#28 C) rSr/2022 C Danny GodlevskeOklahoma State
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  Somewhere along the way last season, Jarrick Bernard-Converse earned the nickname "Amazon" from Oklahoma State cornerbacks coach Tim Duffie. Because he always delivers. Bernard-Converse has started 33 consecutive games for Oklahoma State, the longest active streak on the team entering the coming season. And there's not much better a position to have a long-time starter with deep familiarity with the defense than cornerback. "Jarrick, he's just a steady guy," OSU defensive coordinator Jim Knowles said. "He's played every play since I've been here and you can count on him to be that steady influence." And though he isn't naturally a vocal leader, Bernard-Converse finds ways to influence the team with his voice.

"He's not the loudest person," Knowles said. "Jarrick is a really humble guy. But I've seen him try to step up with all these younger guys. We've had an influx of great talent at defensive back in the younger classes and I've seen Jarrick step up. They look up to him. He carries himself and he has a manner of speaking to them that's different than me." For Bernard-Converse, being a leader isn't just about being vocal, but leading in the direction Knowles wants the team to go. "This is year four in the system and the young guys look up to us," Bernard-Converse said. "We're experienced, so Coach Knowles relies on us to make sure we're leading the guys in the right way and the way he wants." - Daily Oklahoman


(DS#68 CB) Sr/2022 CB Jarrick Bernard-ConverseOklahoma State
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  Now a super-senior in his fifth year as a player, Martin is ready to follow Wallace's path to the NFL. In fact, one of the reasons he picked OSU last year was its knack for getting receivers to the next level lately. Sanders has seen unique skills in Martin that will help the Cowboys this season. "He does everything well, but one thing he really does well is go get the ball at its high point," Sanders said. "His vertical is phenomenal. He'll make any diving catch, just like Tylan would. I can't really compare Tay and Tylan together, because they're two different receivers, but at the same time, they're both great receivers. Tay is great at securing the catch, whether it's going up to high-point the ball, getting low and scooping or diving or anything. "Tay is great. If he keeps pushing and keeps getting better, it's only gonna go uphill for him." - Daily Oklahoman

(DS#144 WR) Sr/2022 WR Davontavean MartinOklahoma State
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  Oklahoma State quarterback Spencer Sanders knows his security blanket is gone. Those long throws down the sideline that would almost always be caught by Tylan Wallace - now a Baltimore Raven - won't be there this year. "I ain't gonna lie, that's a nice little handkerchief to keep in your pocket," Sanders said with a smile at Big 12 Media Days last month. "That's one you don't want to let go, but everything comes to an end." So, after two years as the starting quarterback with Wallace as his right-hand man, Sanders will be looking at a new face in the most important receiver position in the OSU offense. Enter Tay Martin. As the Cowboys open preseason camp on Friday morning with the first practice of the season, Martin will look to excel in his new role.

A year ago at this time, Martin was at Washington State, facing a year with no football, since the Pac-12 hadn't yet determined if it would have a season because of the pandemic. So Martin bolted, and found a school closer to his Houma, Louisiana, home, landing in Stillwater in mid-August. A gifted receiver with good size at 6-foot-3 and 186 pounds, Martin looked like he might fight for playing time early, but his opportunities were few and far between. "Tay hadn't been in shape until January - for us, he hadn't been in shape," OSU coach Mike Gundy said. "So you're trying to play in a fast-paced offense, you're playing at a position that requires a lot of thinking and route-adjustment, based on what we do offensively. When you're tired, your thinking is not good. "He's competitive. He's tough. He loves to play football and he's bought into our system. That's why I think he's gonna play good." - Daily Oklahoman


(DS#144 WR) Sr/2022 WR Davontavean MartinOklahoma State
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  A monster of a man at 6-foot-7 and 350 pounds, Etienne has the body of a star in the making. But the junior-college transfer needs to translate it to the field. He arrived over the summer and held his own in strength coach Rob Glass' workouts. The Cowboys need him to be a rock at left tackle, where he has a chance to start from day one. Sometimes, junior-college transfers need extra time to adjust to the Division I game, but neither the Cowboys nor Etienne can afford that. - Daily Oklahoman

(DS#999 OT) Jr/2023 OT Caleb EtienneOklahoma State
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  Malcolm Rodriguez cracked a little smile and leaned in toward the microphone. "Two thirty-five," he said confidently on Thursday afternoon at Big 12 Media Days at AT&T Stadium. Two years ago, Rodriguez played linebacker for Oklahoma State weighing just over 200 pounds, so you can understand why he takes pride in his new weight. His move from safety to linebacker was out of necessity back then. Safety was stocked with talent and linebacker was thin. The move was surprising at first, but it made sense when you saw Rodriguez on the field, even as an undersized linebacker.

But now, he's got the bulk to better take on blockers and ball carriers alike, while maintaining the speed that made him stand out at the position in the first place. It all adds up to a big score for Rodriguez, who will be a focal point of the Cowboy defense once again this season. The biggest reason for Rodriguez's added weight can be attributed to his willingness to do the work that strength coach Rob Glass asks of him. - Daily Oklahoman


(DS#10 OLB) rSr/2022 OLB Malcolm RodriguezOklahoma State
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  Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy saw promise in the future of Spencer Sanders based on what the quarterback showed in spring ball. "We've been very impressed and excited about Spencer's development," Gundy said Thursday at Big 12 Media Days. "My personal opinion is last year, the spring ball that he missed, and summer conditioning, because of COVID, set him back. "I feel like the two months that we watched him over spring ball, he's developed more than he has in two years." Last season, Sanders continued to deal with issues of inconsistency and untimely turnovers. Gundy feels his quarterback will handle such situations better this year because of his growth. "We'll find out when the season starts," Gundy said. "There's never been a question about his toughness, his commitment and his competitive nature. I think that (quarterback coach) Tim Rattay has done a fantastic job of developing him, and he looked very comfortable as we wrapped up spring in the month of April." - Daily Oklahoman

(DS#21 QB) rJr/2023 QB Spencer SandersOklahoma State
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