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  Spring football practice allowed Oklahoma State to address some of the major offseason questions hovering over the program. Here's a look at three big questions that the Cowboy offense had a chance to answer in spring, starting with this: Is Brennan Presley the real deal? All signs point to yes. Presley has bulked up some since arriving last summer, which will help him withstand the increase in contact he's sure to take on as a slot receiver who will be frequently targeted. Offensive coordinator Kasey Dunn compared the second-year player from Bixby to former Cowboy Josh Stewart, who had 101 receptions in 2012. Presley might not be at the 100-reception mark yet, but he could be working his way toward such numbers. He showed in the spring game that he's going to be a regular target for quarterback Spencer Sanders.

Presley has the ball skills and the elusiveness after the catch to be a big-time playmaker at the college level. Tay Martin will be the top option on the outside, and will provide good balance to a receiver group that is without a proven star for the first time in a few years. Presley is a different type of playmaker at slot than what the Cowboys had with Dillon Stoner, and Presley showed a glimpse of what he can be in the Cheez-It Bowl against Miami. "The speed of college is a lot faster than the speed of high school," Presley said last month. "The more you get reps, the more you understand things and get a knack for what certain things are. The more I got reps in the bowl game, the more I caught onto things." - Daily Oklahoman


(DS#999 WR) So/2024 WR Brennan PresleyOklahoma State
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  04/29/21 - LD BrownrSr/2022, Oklahoma State, 5-09, 205 (DS#27 RB) + More +

  LD Brown didn't follow his senior teammates when declaring his plans to take advantage of the extra year of eligibility granted by the NCAA due to the pandemic. There was no tweet. No grand announcement. "It was literally kind of last minute on my decision coming back, as well," Brown said. "… It was kind of like, 'Oh well, you know now." Flying under the radar is how his college career has been at Oklahoma State. That is, until last season when a hobbled Chuba Hubbard thrust Brown into a bigger role out of the backfield. He suddenly went from an afterthought during his first few seasons in Stillwater - rushing for a combined 636 yards on 101 carries with six touchdowns over three seasons - to the incumbent for the starting role this fall. "It's just unfinished business, that was really the thing," the super senior tailback said. "My mindset was I could come back to this, because I missed three games last year, and to me it was just like I missed some stuff out there." - Stillwater Press

(DS#27 RB) rSr/2022 RB LD BrownOklahoma State
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  As the Cowboys wrapped up their first week of spring practice, the message to Spencer Sanders - who is in his fourth year in the program and third as starting quarterback - was clear. "We want to be a top-10 passing team in the country," OSU offensive coordinator Kasey Dunn said. "Plain and simple. So we've got to be able to throw the football. And that's the direction it's going." Spencer Sanders' passing statistics were remarkably similar from 2019 to 2020. In both seasons, Sanders completed exactly 155 of 247 passes, for 2,065 yards in 2019 and 2,007 yards in 2020, with a TD/interception ratio of 16/11 in 2019 and 14/8 in 2020. Holding the MVP trophy from the Cheez-It Bowl in December, Spencer Sanders had firmed up his grip on Oklahoma State's starting quarterback job. Sanders turned in his best performance of the year in the season's final game, showing the consistency, accuracy and game management the Cowboys needed from their leader. - Daily Oklahoman

(DS#16 QB) rJr/2023 QB Spencer SandersOklahoma State
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  Spencer Sanders will close the door on his third year in the OSU program with the Cowboys' spring game at noon on Saturday at Boone Pickens Stadium. But Sanders has missed out on some key developmental periods during his career. He missed the final six weeks of his redshirt freshman season because of a thumb injury, and was robbed of spring ball last year. Then he missed a few more weeks at the start of the 2020 season with an ankle injury. With all that taken into account, Sanders is in that wheelhouse of two-and-a-half to three years where Gundy says the quarterback should start to solve the Rubik's Cube.

"I'm seeing things now that I didn't see from him last year," Gundy said of Sanders. "Now, he just needs to continue to do it, we need to keep things simple, let him play fast and do what he does. Let him roll." Adding to Sanders' comfort in the offense, he's working with the same coordinator and quarterback coach in consecutive seasons for the first time in his OSU career. So rather than building relationships and learning a new voice, he's rolling forward with the momentum he gained toward the end of last season - particularly in the Cowboys' 37-34 win over Miami in the Cheez-It Bowl. "I've been through three coaches, so I've been through different technique, different footwork," Sanders said. "I would say from fall camp to spring ball, I feel like I'm a lot more comfortable. I feel like the offense is a lot more comfortable. I feel like we're moving good and we're knowing each other." - Daily Oklahoman


(DS#16 QB) rJr/2023 QB Spencer SandersOklahoma State
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  04/20/21 - Tyler LacyrJr/2023, Oklahoma State, 6-3, 285 (DS#7 DT) + More +

  It's not that Tyler Lacy fell behind. The Oklahoma State defensive end was like countless college football players who got sucked into the vacuum of the COVID-19 pandemic and weren't in ideal shape when fall camp began last August. "COVID was holding us back last year," Lacy said. "We didn't know how COVID was going to affect guys, but now we're getting back in the hang of things, going full speed." Players like Lacy and several others were off track because of the limitations to train during the pandemic. "I can only speak for Oklahoma State, but COVID really set us back with just the routine training," OSU coach Mike Gundy said. "Cardio training, strength and conditioning. The routine. And we're back in routine since January. "Guys are in really good physical condition right now compared to August last year, there wasn't very many guys in shape. So it was really scary as a coach. I didn't know when to push 'em and when to back off. Now, it's easy. I know when to push 'em, because they're all in great shape." - Daily Oklahoman

(DS#7 DT) rJr/2023 DT Tyler LacyOklahoma State
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  Brennan Presley caught fire for the Oklahoma State football team late in his first year on the roster. The 5-foot-8, 170-pound receiver saw an increase in action late in the season that led to his first career touchdown on a jet sweep against Kansas State. That culminated in the Cheez-It Bowl against Miami with six catches for 118 yards and three touchdowns. He won't be filling in the spot left vacant by Tylan Wallace - the Z receiver, which also saw Justin Blackmon and James Washington have success that led to NFL fortunes. However, Presley will run more out of the slot, which could mean even more opportunities than the coveted Z position. "With Presley, he's an inside receiver, so it's always easier to get that guy the football - toss it to him, flip it to him, reverse it to him," said Kasey Dunn, OSU's offensive coordinator and receivers coach. "Inside routes are less intricate than the perimeter receivers, so he's certainly going to be a weapon for us."

The scary notion with what Presley showed late in the season, is how little time he had to prepare for the transition to Division I football due to coming into campus during the COVID-19 pandemic. "If you just play the numbers - repetition-wise, seeing it, watching video - he might have hit that at game five, but we didn't have spring," Cowboy coach Mike Gundy said. "So he played two months - September, October - of catch up, figuring out what's going on, because if you remember in watching our games...he would do things in the game and then like drop the ball. He was in the right spot, but things just move fast. So because he didn't get last spring, he finally started to come on in the end of November and then had a good bowl game - all those reps started adding up." - Stillwater Press


(DS#999 WR) So/2024 WR Brennan PresleyOklahoma State
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  Linebacker Lamont Bishop, a junior-college transfer who joined the program last year, was injured for much of the 2020 season and didn't get a chance to assert himself. Now healthy, the 6-foot-3, 230-pound Bishop is beginning to find his footing in Jim Knowles' defense. He ran a 40-yard dash in the 4.60-second range in the testing period at the end of winter conditioning, and is forcing coaches to notice him. "He's in really good condition now," Gundy said. "It's allowing him to play faster and not think, so you're seeing him use his ability. "We have to find a way to get him on the field. We don't have a lot of guys who can run that fast and weigh that much. At this point, I don't think he's scared of football. We gotta get him out there. He seems to be doing pretty good at this time." - Daily Oklahoman

(DS#999 OLB) Sr/2022 OLB Lamont BishopOklahoma State
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  04/11/21 - Tre SterlingrSr/2022, Oklahoma State, 5-11, 200 (DS#3 FS) + More +

  Tre Sterling knew well before the end of the season he would return for another year with Oklahoma State. Sterling took to heart conversations he had with family and former teammates in guiding his quick decision. "I mean it was a pretty easy decision at the end of the season, I knew, I think four games before the Cheez-It Bowl that I was going to come back," Sterling said. " Just hearing from my dad, other people who are in the league like A.J. Green and stuff like that. I'd hear from them and stuff like that and teams talking, the best decision for me was definitely to come back and build my draft stock..."I was just treading unknown waters if I would've left this year and I didn't want to be in that situation and go undrafted, not make a team and something like that. So, I was just going to come back and build my draft stock as much as I can."

So what does Sterling think he can work on to improve his draft stock? "You can always get better as a safety at man coverage - whether it's on tight ends, slots, outside receivers - because I've been in every situation possible," Sterling said. "So just working on man coverage more, working on my breaks out of either middle of the field, flat, curl read, hook zone, stuff like that. "Just working on transition from being still to accelerating and stuff like that. Just doing stuff that the NFL scouts want to see." - Stillwater Press


(DS#3 FS) rSr/2022 FS Tre SterlingOklahoma State
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  This spring wasn't the first time Sills had met new OSU offensive lineman Danny Godlevske, who transferred from Miami of Ohio. Sills grew up in West Virginia and Godlevske in Indianapolis. The two were recruited by some of the same programs - including Miami of Ohio - and went to several of the same camps. "I kind of knew who he was then," Sills said. "When he committed here, I messaged him and was like, congratulations. "Then the first day here, it was like, we're pretty well the same people. He's a hard worker. Puts his head down and you tell him to do something, he does it." Godlevske has slotted in as the starting center for the Cowboys, bringing a veteran feel to a position that would have been lacking in experience without him. "Having a guy like him is a huge boost for everyone else just because of his football sense and being able to pick up the offense so quick," Sills said. "It's been kind of a pick-me-up for everybody else to see somebody come in and pick up the offense that fast and knows it, but at the same time has the football smarts he does. "Then you can see out and see the future of what we could possibly be, depending on what we do every day in practice." - Daily Oklahoman

(DS#24 C) rSr/2022 C Danny GodlevskeOklahoma State
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  04/09/21 - Josh SillsrSr/2022, Oklahoma State, 6-5, 325 (DS#57 OG) + More +

  Sills is an example of how the transfer portal works well and helps players who want a new challenge or a fresh start. Despite the crazy season of Covid, Sills started every game for OSU in 2020, six times at left guard, once at left tackle and four games at right tackle. Sills had made 24 starts for West Virginia but was sidelined by injury much of the 2019 season and already had been granted a sixth year of eligibility when he arrived in Stillwater. So Sills is back for the 2021 season. Sills' description of the portal experience: "I loved it. Loved every second of it. I'm beyond thankful to being in the position I am, for Coach (Gundy) and everybody else giving me the opportunity to play here." Sills even treasures the portal recruiting process, for how it molded him. December was a dead period, so he was not allowed in-person recruiting trips. "The biggest thing for me, it kind of taught me a lot about myself, as far as how to build relationships with people you couldn't necessarily see face to face," Sills said. "I kind of had to go based on what people said and just kind of get a feel for it." - Daily Oklahoman

(DS#57 OG) rSr/2022 OG Josh SillsOklahoma State
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  04/05/21 - Teven JenkinsrSr/2021, Oklahoma State, 6-5, 317 (DS#3 OT) + More +

  With all 32 NFL teams represented on Thursday at OSU's Pro Day, Jenkins got to show his toughness, his strength and the reasons why he's likely to be the first Cowboy selected in the draft later this month. Jenkins measured in at 6-foot-5 7/8 and 317 pounds, then put on a show in the weight room, bench pressing 225 pounds 36 times. He clocked good times in the agility drills, including a 4.96-second 40-yard dash, and showed his physicality in positional work. He didn't hold back in the post-workout interview, either, when asked what type of player a team would get by drafting him.

"A tough, physical, nasty mother(expletive)," Jenkins said. "A dude that doesn't shy away from hits, a dude that actually wants to get physical, and a dude that's gonna bust his ass." Sometime prior to last season, Jenkins finally tapped into that nasty side that elevated the big, athletic lineman to first-round material. Coaches told him he needed to be more aggressive than in the past. "I took that personally," Jenkins said. "Coming into the year, it paid off for myself, because of what I've done on the field and put on film. It's a big part of who I am and a big part of what I am on the field, because I do believe I'm the best finisher in this draft and that sets me apart from any other O-linemen." - Daily Oklahoman


(DS#3 OT) rSr/2021 OT Teven JenkinsOklahoma State
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  03/31/21 - LD BrownrSr/2022, Oklahoma State, 5-09, 205 (DS#27 RB) + More +

  According to Cowboy football coach Mike Gundy, the returning tailback has put up some fast numbers coming off his injury late in the season. "LD, we tested last week, and he ran 4.37 or 4.39, so he's rolling pretty good," Gundy said. "He's been here a long time. You can't ever replace experience, in my opinion. So it's good to have him back." But using Brown in the ground game isn't the only way Dunn hopes to utilize the veteran tailback. In Hubbard's final two seasons, Dunn - who is the longtime receivers coach for the Cowboys - worked with the future NFL tailback on his catching skills. And with that, there was an increase of using Hubbard in the passing game to add another wrinkle to the offense.

It's a scheme Dunn wants to carry forward with the DeSoto, Texas, native. "I'd love to get him in space, on the perimeter, because we feel that if LD is one-on-one in space with a linebacker, that's advantage Cowboys," Dunn said. "I'd like to get him out there doing that, but right now, we're just focused holding up in that pocket in protecting. Hopefully we can expand that role." Dunn also saw what can happen to his lead tailback if there is not a way to split carries. Hubbard was relied upon so heavily during the 2019 season that he showed signs of wear and tear late into the season. The Cowboy coaching staff is hopeful the talent behind Brown - led by junior college product Dezmon Jackson, who exploded in the three regular season games Brown and Hubbard were absent, coupled with Richardson and Utah State transfer Jaylen Warren - can help supplement the body blows out of the backfield this upcoming season. - Stillwater Press


(DS#27 RB) rSr/2022 RB LD BrownOklahoma State
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  03/24/21 - LD BrownrSr/2022, Oklahoma State, 5-09, 205 (DS#27 RB) + More +

  Both Dunn and head coach Mike Gundy spoke glowingly about the depth of the running back position, but both also spoke to the gifts sixth-year senior LD Brown has shown throughout the winter. Gundy said Brown was clocked below a 4.4-second 40-yard dash last week at the conclusion of strength coach Rob Glass' winter conditioning program. With Dezmon Jackson, Dominic Richardson and graduate transfer Jaylen Warren in the mix, running back might be the deepest position on the team. "LD is rolling pretty good, has a lot of experience, been here a long time," Gundy said. "You can't ever replace experience. "We have a number of guys that can take some of the load away from him, because as you know, those guys get beat up. Hopefully we can keep those guys healthy and not have to take as many hits." - Daily Oklahoman

(DS#27 RB) rSr/2022 RB LD BrownOklahoma State
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  Oklahoma State is losing another key piece to its defensive secondary. Junior safety Kolby Harvell-Peel, a three-year starter, declared for the NFL Draft on Monday, joining running back Chuba Hubbard as the only non-seniors to leave OSU for the NFL so far this offseason. Harvell-Peel, who is from College Station, Texas, was a first-team All-Big 12 selection as a sophomore in 2019 and a second-team pick this past season. He finished the year with 44 tackles, two interceptions and a quarterback sack from his free safety position. - Daily Oklahoman

(DS#1 SS) Sr/2022 SS Kolby Harvell-PeelOklahoma State
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  Oklahoma State linebacker and Canadian Amen Ogbongbemiga will join his teammate Chuba Hubbard in the NFL draft, he announced on Twitter Saturday. Ogbongbemiga will forego his final year of eligibility to enter the draft. Ogbongbemiga, a native of Calgary, had 80 combined tackles and 2.5 sacks in 11 games last season for the Cowboys. - TSN

(DS#13 ILB) rSr/2021 ILB Amen OgbongbemigaOklahoma State
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