Oklahoma State Football: Week 4 Spring Practice Stock Report
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The Oklahoma State Cowboys football team is closing in on the end of its fourth week of spring practices.
That means they're exclusively playing in pads now, which makes for a more competitive atmosphere. Hopefully that leads to guys beginning to separate themselves as the leaders of 2013.
However, this week we're getting some real news out of camp telling whose stock is on the rise and whose isn't.
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As mentioned in this article by NewsOK.com's Gina Mizell, the Oklahoma State Cowboys staff has decided to change up their approach to their cornerbacks this year.
No longer will Justin Gilbert and Co. be lining up 10 yards off the line of scrimmage, giving up way too much space to the fast-paced offenses of the Big 12.
Instead, they'll be much more aggressive in how they attack, which will hopefully lead them back towards being the turnover machine they were during 2011.
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The much-talked about position switch for former linebacker Lyndell Johnson could have a major impact on the player who now finds Johnson next to him on the depth chart.
Safety Shamiel Gary wasn't always consistent last season, but he did show the ability to be a playmaker in the secondary.
Gundy does note that this is forcing Gary to improve his level of play, but it's still a less-than-ideal situation for a guy who looked like a surefire starter before Johnson's switch was announced.
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It's still too early to tell what the Oklahoma State Cowboys defensive line rotation is going to look like, but the early reports say that new position coach Joe Bob Clements is doing a great job of getting them up to scruff.
Clements has a long history of coaching the Kansas State Wildcats defensive line, tutoring multiple All-Big 12 defensive ends during his time there.
Again, we still have a long ways to go, but it looks like this position group will be greatly improved next fall.
Big 12 Chain Gangs
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Possibly the scariest news out of the Oklahoma State Cowboys camp is that many think the team's offense could move even faster than it has in the past.
New offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich's main philosophy is speed, and that isn't likely to change in the Pokes' Air Raid offense. In fact, don't be surprised if the team is trying to snap the ball before the chains even get set.
I wouldn't envy the guys who try to keep those chains up with OSU's fast-paced attack, not to mention, the opposing defenses that have the daunting task of trying to slow them down.
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Stock Up in the Air
Head coach Mike Gundy has already made it clear that quarterback Clint Chelf has been getting the majority of the first-team reps for the Oklahoma State Cowboys.
This means that sophomore sensation Wes Lunt is going to have a very hard time getting back into the starting lineup.
It could turn out to be a good thing for the young quarterback, as it might give him a chance to redshirt, better learn the offense and then take over the reins in 2014.
Either way, we just don't know what's going to happen with Lunt this season, which means his stock is very much up in the air.