Oklahoma State Football: Biggest Training Camp Battles to Watch for

Bradlee Ross@rossbeCorrespondent IIJune 5, 2012

Oklahoma State Football: Biggest Training Camp Battles to Watch for

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    Summer is here, and it brings with it summer workouts for all of college football's programs, big and small. The battles that occur during these training camps will be the only thing to help college football fans get through the long summer months and into the fall season.

    Oklahoma State will be under the watchful eye of many this summer, especially after the great season it had in 2011. The program lost many great playmakers, and the battles for those spots will be anything but boring.

    Here are some of the training camp battles you should be watching for as a Cowboys fan.

Defensive Tackle

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    The defensive tackle position is the lone defensive position at which the Cowboys didn't have a really good playmaker. Most of the tackles return this season, so it will be interesting to see if any can separate themselves better than they did last season.

    Anthony Rogers and Davidell Collins were listed as the starters before the spring, but they'll have to compete with returning players James Castleman and Christian Littlehead. That won't be easy, considering that they all seem to be pretty even right now.

3rd String Running Back

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    Sophomore running back Herschel Sims has been kicked off the team for stealing from a teammate, according to The Oklahoman. That means that a spot as the third string running back is up for grabs.

    It may not seem important, but Sims actually did get some carries last season and was a difference-maker in some games. If Joseph Randle or Jeremy Smith gets hurt, the third-string guy could be thrust into the spotlight again.

    Sophomore Desmond Roland will probably be the man for the job, but Joe Aska Jr., another sophomore, could challenge him.

Wes Lunt vs. the Learning Curve

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    True freshman Wes Lunt will go into the summer workouts as the starter at quarterback for one of the most vaunted passing attacks in college football. His battle against the learning curve of playing quarterback at the Divison I level just might be the most important training camp battle of all for the Cowboys.

    While he did play in a pretty similar offense in high school, it clearly wasn't anything like what he is having to master right now in Stillwater. The athletes on both sides of the ball are faster, which requires the quarterback's mind to be even sharper. It won't be easy for the Rochester, Illinois native.

Strong Safety

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    Markelle Martin has probably been one of the best defensive players the Cowboys have had over the past decade. Unfortunately, he is now a Tennessee Titan.

    His absence leaves a big hole for the Cowboys in the secondary, and the man that has been tapped to fill that hole right now is junior Lavocheya Cooper. Close behind him is fellow junior Zack Craig. This battle may determine just how good the Cowboy defense is heading into the fall.