Oklahoma State Football: 5 Weakest Positions to Worry About
The Oklahoma State Cowboys are now rebuilding after having a historic 2011 season. Some positions should be of concern to Cowboy fans.
The wide receivers and quarterbacks are just two spots where fans should be worried. While this team does return veterans at many positions, it also will have some pretty green spots on the depth chart.
Here are the five weakest positions for the Cowboys for 2012.
Right now, it is still unclear who will be chosen as Brandon Weeden's successor to quarterback this squad.
Junior Clint Chelf, redshirt freshman J.W. Walsh and true freshman Wes Lunt all are currently competing for the job, and the competition is drawing to a close, according to The Oklahoman.
No matter who the choice is, it will be a guy who has little to no experience. Chelf has played sparingly over the last two years, while Lunt and Walsh have a total of zero game experience combined. This position will be relatively weak next season.
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Losing Justin Blackmon is obviously going to make an team's receiving corps much worse the following year. However, when you combine the losses of Hubert Aniyam and Josh Cooper to graduation and the departure of Michael Harrison from the program, it becomes even more critical.
Isaiah Anderson, Tracy Moore, Charlie Moore and Josh Stewart will return for Oklahoma State, while new recruits like Blake Jackson could make an immediate impact. This team won't be as deep as last season at this position, and that will hurt.
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Jamie Blatnick and Richetti Jones do not have a fifth year of eligibility, which is unfortunate for Cowboy fans. The two senior defensive ends were critical parts of the Cowboy defense last season.
Cooper Bassett and Nigel Nicholas, two more seniors, will probably fill the starting defensive end roles for next season. Those two showed some good things last season, but are nowhere near the likes of the guys the Cowboys lost. Some recruits will hopefully also bolster this position.
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Markelle Martin has been a great defensive leader for this Cowboy team over the past few years, but it's time for him to play on Sundays.
Lavocheya Cooper and Zack Craig will be the players in charge of filling Martin's vacated role. Both are wild cards, but it is a big long-shot that either could be as good as Martin was.
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The defensive tackle position has been an area of concern for the Cowboys for years now. While the secondary, ends and linebackers have been good, the interior has struggled to produce.
This year, the defensive tackle position will once again be done by committee. All Cowboy fans can hope for is that these players have improved and will make an impact that they haven't made in years past.