Oklahoma State Football: 5 Players Who Have Stepped Up This Spring
With the Orange Blitz spring practice blowout happening this weekend, now is the time to assess which players have shown the most improvement during this early portion of Oklahoma State football.
Now, obviously lots of players are going to improve, that's the point of practice; however, I've tried to narrow it down to five players who have either stepped into a new leadership role or shown a surprising spike in development.
Let's get on to the five players who have made a big impact this spring.
Daxx Garman, QB
We begin with a guy who probably won't see much of the playing field this fall.
Daxx Garman is likely going to sit behind J.W. Walsh when the real games begin, but this spring, Garman has shown coaches and former players that he has the ability to really sling it.
Both Mike Gundy and Brandon Weeden had very positive things to say about Garman and made him sound like a potential player in the ongoing quarterback battle at Oklahoma State.
It's going to be a tough road for Garman, with Walsh and freshman phenom Mason Rudolph standing in his path. However, if he can continue to impress throughout the offseason, there's a chance Garman could see himself starting on Saturdays.
Kevin Peterson, CB
With Justin Gilbert off to the NFL to potentially become a Top 10 draft pick and both starting safeties graduated, the Oklahoma State Cowboys are left without a real leader in their young secondary.
Peterson is the lone returning starter in the secondary, and the coaching staff needed him to embrace that leadership role this spring.
Early returns say he has done that exact thing and is helping a young defense come together to improve their play. Obviously, we still have a long way to go with this defensive lineup; with that said, Peterson is one player Oklahoma State fans can count on this fall.
Tyreek Hill, RB/WR
Tyreek Hill impressed everyone with his performance on Oklahoma State's track team earlier this spring. However, that didn't happen on a football field, and fans were still waiting to see how his world-class speed would translate.
It would seem that it translated pretty well.
Hill has been playing all over the field. Running back, slot receiver, return man, Hill can be an impact player anywhere. The coaches just have to get him the ball.
Expect that to happen often this fall. Hill's talent in open space is something the coaches must utilize to open up the field for the rest of the team.
Jordan Sterns, S
As mentioned earlier, the Oklahoma State Cowboys have to replace three of four starters in the secondary.
Jordan Sterns is one player competing for one of those spots and he's been doing pretty well so far.
Sterns has had both Mike Gundy and senior defensive lineman James Castleman praising his play of late. Obviously, there's still plenty of time for any of the young safeties to step up and claim the starter role; however, Sterns looks to have an early lead.
Time will tell if he can take over from Daytawion Lowe and Shamiel Gary, but he has ideal size at 6'1", 205 pounds and has shown flashes of the talent needed to make an impact at the position.
Jhajuan Seales, WR
Of all the wide receivers who are poised to break out this season, Jhajuan Seales is probably the most likely.
Seales absolutely oozes talent and possesses the physical frame you look for in a top receiver. In fact, he might soon join Justin Blackmon as Oklahoma State players who have won the Biletnikoff while wearing No. 81.
That might be jumping the gun a little bit, but Seales has a chance to be the next in a long line of great Oklahoma State receivers.
Keep your eye on this kid, folks. If the quarterbacks can get him the ball, he's going places.