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Three Questions About Oklahoma State Football Following The Spring

M. Hofeld


Spring football has come to a close across the state of Oklahoma leaving college football fans to wait until September for the real deal. Oklahoma State wrapped up their spring practices by unveiling the new faces that will be leading the Cowboys in a quest for the Big 12 championship this fall.

OSU’s 90-plus play scrimmage featured multiple moments of excitement on both sides of the ball, but also list a slew of questions that we really won’t have answers to until the Cowboys host Missouri State on September 1st.

Is Taylor Cornelius ready to take the reigns of the offense?

He certainly produced the most impressive performance of the signal callers on Saturday. He threw a 51-yard touchdown pass to Landon Wolf and surpassed the 250 yards mark by completing 15 of his 27 passes.

John Kolar also had a touchdown pass when he connected with LC Greenwood inthe back corner of the end zone. Kolar also struggled handling a few snaps and showed more struggles with accuracy.

It’s worth noting though that Cornelius wen’t against the second-team defense while Kolar was matched up against the first-team.

Did a more aggressive approach lead to defensive success or did the offensive line struggle?

This is something you can’t really find an answer to with a spring scrimmage. However, the numbers tell the story of how Oklahoma State’s defensive front got the better of the offensive line.

The defense recorded five sacks in the scrimmage and had three tackles behind the line of scrimmage. That could either be good news or bad news, depending on which side of the line of scrimmage you were on.

Calvin Bundage was a monster for the defense on Saturday. It’s super easy to predict a huge season for him in 2018.

How far can Oklahoma State’s run game carry them this fall?

Mike Gundy is still the head coach so you can expect plenty of passing this fall but the bread and butter of the OSU offense should be the stable of running backs.

“We’ve got four running backs right now, and we’re going to use them,” Gundy said after the spring game. “We would like to limit Justice Hill’s carries in a game to 15 or so. I think we’ll be able to do that. I feel good about where we’re at from a depth standpoint.”

Fans got their first real look at redshirt freshman Chuba Hubbard. The Canada native showed why schools from the West to East Coast offered him scholarships when he led all rushers by averaging eight yards per carry.

J.D. King also showed that he’ll continue to be the goal line option in Oklahoma State’s offense. He scored both of OSU’s rushing touchdowns on Saturday and was quite physical in his running style.

It’s always easier to break in a new quarterback and receivers when you have a strong rushing attack to do so with. That could, and should, be the case for the Cowboys leading into conference play.

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