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College Football 24/7 writer Chase Goodbread believes Oklahoma State sophomore QB Mason Rudolph is "going to be a surprise to most this fall."

"There has been an undercurrent of offseason excitement for Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph. He played well enough last year as a freshman in three games against Baylor, Oklahoma and Washington to merit it, but he's still going to be a surprise to most this fall. The Cowboys had a disappointing season last year and Rudolph's emergence can make OSU a contender in the Big 12 once again," Goodbread wrote. The 6-foot-4, 220-pound Rudolph completed 57 percent of his passes, averaging 284.3 yards per game, with six touchdowns and four interceptions in 2014.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 23 - 3:37 PM

Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy confirmed that redshirt sophomore DT Vili Leveni will miss the 2015 season after tearing his ACL.

Leveni was probably going to start between DEs Emmanuel Ogbah and Jimmy Bean. "It's always difficult when you have a player that's injured, just because they put so much hard work and time into getting prepared for the season," Gundy said. "As a coach, it's one of the most difficult things to swallow. You have a young man that's done everything we've asked him to do, and he's put a lot of time in, and he's come to a bump in the road. Vili will be back with us at some point, and we're looking forward to getting him back." In the mix to replace him in the starting lineup are Ben Hughes, Vincent Taylor and true freshman Darrion Daniels.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 22 - 6:46 PM

Oklahoma State junior DE Emmanuel Ogbah "has the prototypical 4-3 DE frame at 275 pounds, but he'll show out-of-a-cannon quickness," according to ESPN's Mel Kiper.

"Get familiar with Ogbah," Kiper wrote. "He started strong last year with two sacks in a close loss to then-No. 1 Florida State, and finished with 11.0 overall." The draft expert grades Ogbah as the No. 2 underclassman defensive end prospect in the nation, behind Ohio State's Joey Bosa. Ogbah posted 17 tackles for loss in 2014.
Jul 20 - 7:57 PM

Oklahoma State redshirt junior DB Derrick Moncrief, who transferred from Auburn, only allowed two receptions on 129 snaps in coverage in 2014.

The number might be a bit deceiving, as Moncrief was listed as a safety and might not have been matched up in one on one situations on each of those 129 snaps. Moncrief will need to sit out the 2015 season to satisfy NCAA transfer regulations, but keep his name in mind for the 2016 campaign.
Jul 20 - 10:21 AM

Sports on Earth's Matt Brown documents that Oklahoma State junior DE Emmanuel Ogbah "broke out in last year's season opener against Florida State" and "quickly became one of the nation's most disruptive ends."

"A quick, physical end, Ogbah brings relentless energy off the end, and he still seems to be only scratching the surface, with a high ceiling in 2015," Brown wrote. He pegs Ogbah as the No. 3 defensive end in the country, behind familiar faces Shawn Oakman and Joey Bosa. Ogbah was named to the All-Big 12 first-team in 2014 after logging 11 sacks and 17 tackles for loss.
Jul 14 - 10:43 PM

With the First Pick's Jon Dove argues that Oklahoma State junior DE Emmanuel Ogbah is an overrated prospect because, though he's a "terrific athlete," Ogbah "needs to work on his consistency and knowledge of the game."

To be more specific, Dove ranks Ogbah as the second-most overrated prospect in the nation behind Leonard Floyd. "His size, athleticism and quickness makes him an intriguing prospect with limitless potential as a pass rusher," Dove wrote. "However, he lacks the wide-array of pass-rush moves needed to make a consistent impact. Ogbah only really looks to attack the edge using his speed. He also needs to get stronger at the point of attack and improve his run defense."
Jul 12 - 7:18 PM

Former Auburn redshirt junior S Derrick Moncrief transferred to Oklahoma State.

Moncrief will need to redshirt the 2015 season but will have a final year of eligibility in 2016. Moncrief only spent one season at Auburn after transferring as the top JUCO safety in the country. He only started one game. Oklahoma State offered Moncreif a scholarship out of JUCO.
Source: AL.com
Jul 12 - 1:26 PM

Oklahoma State sophomore QB Mason Rudolph "boasts a strong arm and impressive pocket presence, and he's an obvious breakout candidate this fall after leading a late-season transformation for what had been an aimless Cowboys offense," notes Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.

With both J.W. Walsh and Daxx Garman injured, OSU was forced to burn Rudolph's redshirt last year. The 6-foot-4, 220-pound sophomore completed 49-of-86 passes for 853 yards with a 6/4 TD/INT rate down the stretch in three games (completing 57 percent of his passes and averaging 284.3 yards per game). "It was an impressive late-season run against quality competition for a young quarterback who didn't expect to play until 2015 and who had a mediocre running game supporting him," Brown wrote.
Jul 7 - 9:59 PM

Per NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein, Oklahoma State junior DE Emmanuel Ogbah "looks like a 'dude' on the hoof."

"Translation -- he is a very impressive physical specimen when you first see him in person," Zierlein wrote. "However, Ogbah needs to match his size and strength at the point of attack with more consistent effort and a greater sense of urgency to get off of blocks." Zierlein, who doesn't rank Ogbah as one of the 10 best edge rushers in the nation, wrote that a "high percentage of [Ogbah's 11 sacks last year] came on extended plays or easy closeouts."
Source: NFL.com
Jul 6 - 12:23 PM

Last year, Oklahoma State S Jordan Sterns "proved to have a knack for flying around the ball, and with a more experienced defense returning overall, he should help push the Cowboys to a higher level in 2015," postulated Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.

The analyst grades Sterns as the No. 18 safety in the land. "As a first-year starter in his sophomore season last year, Sterns became a key playmaker for the Cowboys, leading the team with 103 tackles," Brown wrote. The 6-foot-1, 205-pound Sterns chipped in 5.5 tackles for loss and four pass breakups.
Jun 29 - 11:50 PM

Oklahoma State Senior CB Kevin Peterson "plays bigger than his size," observes Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.

"The Cowboys' pass defense frequently got burned last year, but Peterson has proved to be a reliable presence among the inconsistency," Brown wrote. "Peterson is most known for shutting down West Virginia star Kevin White, who had three catches for 27 yards against Oklahoma State after finishing with over 100 yards in each of his previous seven games." Brown grades Peterson as the No. 15 defensive back in the country. The 5-foot-11, 190-pound Peterson logged 1 pass breakups, two interceptions and 59 tackles last year.
Jun 27 - 7:45 PM

Oklahoma State junior S Deric Robertson will transfer.

The defensive back will have to sit out the 2015 season if he goes to another FBS school. He'll have two seasons of eligibility remaining beginning in 2016. No reason was given for the decision, but the Pokes have good S depth and Robertson had an uphill battle in front of him to see the field this fall.
Jun 14 - 3:30 PM

ESPN's Brandon Chatmon is "expecting big things" from Oklahoma State sophomore QB Mason Rudolph and believes he "played beyond his years as a true freshman."

"I’m expecting big things from Mason Rudolph as a sophomore. He played beyond his years as a true freshman, winning games over Oklahoma and Washington as well as giving Baylor everything it wanted in his first collegiate game," Chatom told ESPN's Jake Trotter. The 6-foot-4, 220-pound Rudolph completed 57 percent of his passes, averaging 284.3 yards per game, with six touchdowns and four interceptions in 2014.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 12 - 3:57 PM

Oklahoma State junior RB Chris Carson said he wants to rush for more than 1,000 yards and rank in the top three of the Big 12 in rushing this season.

The Pokes stole this four-star junior-college running back's commitment from Georgia days before signing day. It was an understandable change of heart: Instead of competing with a bevy of suitors for the scraps of carries Nick Chubb wasn't going to get, Carson enters a crater of an Oklahoma State RB depth chart, which suffered the defections of Desmond Roland and Tyreek Hill. Carson's only competition for the gig is Rennie Childs. The 6-foot-2, 210-pound Carson was the No. 12 JUCO recruit in the country, according to ESPN. "A tall, upright runner than runs with good pad level, forward lean and vision approaching the hole," reads his scouting report. "Shows surprisingly good lateral agility to exploit cutback lanes and navigate tight creases in-line. Has the size to push the pile and lower his shoulder to fight through traffic. Top end speed is very good on a straight-line."
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 4 - 3:22 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler notes that Oklahoma State redshirt senior Ryan Simmons "doesn't stand out with his size or speed, but he plays with energy and arrives with pop at the point of attack."

"He is the spark plug to the Oklahoma State defense with leadership obvious on film as well as when talking to the coaches about his professional demeanor on and off the field. Simmons doesn't stand out with his size or speed, but he plays with energy and arrives with pop at the point of attack, taking pride in his responsibilities and leaving everything he has on the field," Brugler wrote. The three-year starter is Oklahoma State's current leader in career tackles with 189 and career tackles for loss with 26. Last season, Simmons recorded 96 total tackles, with 12.0 tackles for loss.
Source: CBS Sports
May 27 - 3:18 PM


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