Oklahoma State: Are The Cowboys For Real?

Curtis FinchumCorrespondent IAugust 24, 2009

AUSTIN, TX - OCTOBER 25:  Quarterback Zac Robinson #11 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys during play against the Texas Longhorns at Texas Memorial Stadium on October 25, 2008 in Austin, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

College football starts officially in two weeks, and for Oklahoma State University, it couldn't come any sooner. 

The Cowboys are coming off their finest season in school history, winning nine games and finishing ranked in the top 25. 

And as the Cowboys return to newly renovated Boone T. Pickens Stadium for practice, they bring with them a very bright spot light. 

The Cowboys return with the most explosive offensive trio in the country: duel threat quarterback Zac Robinson, arguably the country's best receiver in Dez Bryant, and electrifying running back Kendall Hunter. 

Head coach Mike Gundy and his knowledgeable coaching staff have been preparing for this season for quite some time. This is the season every Cowboy fan has been waiting for. 

Protected by an extremely talented and experienced offensive line led by All-American Russell Okung, Robinson and his teammates can continue to be the offense that has entertained so many across the country—while striking fear into their opponents hearts. 

The typical question mark brought up, however, is the Cowboy defense, and if it has improved from last season. The Cowboys lost a majority of their secondary, with the biggest departure being Jacob Lacey. 

However, a great recruiting class, outstanding leadership from the defensive seniors, and new defensive coordinator Bill Young have many thinking the defense could be a surprise this year. 

Led by seniors linebackers Patrick Lavine, Orie Lemon, Andre Sexton, and senior defensive back Parrish Cox, the Cowboy defense could be much improved.

Young believes that Cox could be heading for a breakout season after defending Bryant for the entire spring and summer practice sessions. 

The linebacker core has been solid for the past two seasons and as they continue to get better—the same goes for those following them, like junior Justin Gent. 

The biggest question will be the defensive secondary. Other than Cox, the only player with any legitimate playing time is senior Terrence Anderson.

The safety positions are up for grabs as well, with players like Victor Johnson and Antoine Lucien (who is coming off an ACL injury) fighting for playing time. 

The Cowboys now must respond the hype, with Zac Robinson and Andrew Lewis on the cover of Sports Illustrated' College Season preview. 

As Gundy has now closed the doors to the media in Stillwater until the media lunch on Aug. 31. The Cowboys now have a chance to cause havoc in the Big XII and the nation. 

The 11th ranked Cowboys open against a retooled Georgia Bull Dogs team that is also ranked in the top 15. 

Soon it will be time to see Robinson, Bryant, and Hunter go back to work as they continue their combined effort to not only be the best offensive trio in Oklahoma State history and the country, but also as some of the best at there respective positions.

Its time to see if these talented Cowboys can continue to put Stillwater, OK on the college football map.