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Oklahoma State signed HC Mike Gundy to a new five-year contract.

This contract replaces Gundy's old one, which would have expired on Dec. 31, 2019. The Cowboys' coach receives a raise to $4.2 million next year after making $3.9 million last season. Gundy will then receive a $125,000 raise every year after that. Gundy is 104-50 in 12 seasons at Oklahoma State. He's made 11 straight bowl games after missing the postseason in his very first year.
Jun 13 - 12:54 PM

Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph praised redshirt sophomore WR Tyron Johnson's open field ability.

"He’s a guy that you want to get the ball in space and he’s probably the best we have right now as far as making you miss with the defense in front of you," Rudolph said. The 6-foot-1, 190-pounder is an LSU transfer who ranked as ESPN's No. 3 receiver in the 2015 cycle. "So far, whenever the lights come on and we keep score, he makes plays," OSU coach Mike Gundy said. "In most team sports, there’s something to be said about that." A five-star recruit out of high school, Johnson joins one of the elite receiving corps in college football, headlined by Rd. 1 candidate senior James Washington and filled out by slot maven Jalen McCleskey, lengthy senior Chris Lacy and experienced starter Marcell Ateman.
Source: Tulsa World
Jun 9 - 1:28 PM

Lamar sophomore LB Mike Coats Jr. transferred to Oklahoma State.

As Coats is moving up from the FCS, he will be eligible to play immediately during the coming season. He did not see the field for Lamar as a true freshman and required two knee surgeries near the end of the 2016 campaign. The 6-foot-1, 215-pounder will try to make a good first impression with the Cowboys this summer, but is probably a longshot for immediate playing time.
Jun 8 - 8:42 PM

Oklahoma State shifted senior CB Ramon Richards to safety.

After playing his first three seasons at cornerback, the Pokes shifted Richards to free safety this spring. He recorded 64 tackles and three interceptions last year while starting every game. "At corner, you’ve got to be kind of locked in," Richards said. "There’s certain plays where you can look around, but at free safety, I get more freedom." Defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer had the following evaluation: "He’s got top-end closing speed. Once he gets it diagnosed, he really can track the ball. He does a good job of reading eyes of quarterbacks. What we thought, him playing back there, having a little bit more freedom than he does at corner, it’s helped him a lot."
Source: Tulsa World
Jun 8 - 3:39 PM

ESPN's Matt Bowen says it's hard to evaluate Oklahoma State senior QB Mason Rudolph because the OSU offense, similar to UNC's offense in evaluating Bears first-round pick Mitchell Trubisky, makes heavy use of play-action and RPOs.

Rudolph has made 28 starts in his career -- four more than Sam Darnold and Josh Allen combined -- but he hasn't gotten as much love as either, in part because of the perception that the Pokes' offense facilitates easy reads. Nobody disputes Rudolph's arm. This offseason, Bowen and Pro Football Focus have both praised Rudolph's touch on deep balls, his ability to push the ball outside the numbers, and his performance in the face of pressure. Still, Rudolph's evaluation contains unanswered questions. "I would like to see Rudolph drive the ball more and attack tight throwing lanes in 2018," Bowen wrote. "Although he lacks the upper-tier arm strength when compared to Allen, he has enough pop in his arm to challenge more defensive looks."
Source: ESPN
May 25 - 3:37 PM

ESPN's Jake Trotter believes Oklahoma State freshman RB Chuba Hubbard will make an immediate impact in 2017.

The Pokes are looking for depth after losing three senior rushers from the 2017 team. Hubbard, a four-star Canada native, may win backup duties behind reigning Big 12 Offensive Freshman of the Year Justice Hill. ESPN offered the following scouting report on Hubbard: "Tall, leaner frame with a narrow base. Has good footwork given his high cut frame. A slasher who can open it up and go the distance. Possesses great speed and acceleration." Sounds like the perfect fit for Oklahoma State's aggressive spread system.
Source: ESPN
May 21 - 1:26 PM

Eagles signed Oklahoma State OT Victor Salako.

Salako (6’6/316) spent his first two college seasons at now-defunct UAB and his final two with the Cowboys, starting all four and earning second-team All-Big 12 from the conference’s coaches as a senior. Salako offers plus arm length (34 ¼") but sub-first-percentile athleticism and wasn’t invited to February’s Combine, a bad sign for a four-year starter. Salako’s lack of functional movement skills show up in pass protection on tape. He’s a major NFL long shot.
May 15 - 1:51 PM

Oklahoma State HC Mike Gundy said that senior WR James Washington is "in that category with [former WRs Dez Bryant and Justin Blackmon]."

"James is more of a deep threat [than those guys]. He's got an uncanny ability to run by you, make the catch and then not only make the catch but run in the end zone," Gundy said. He added that the 6-foot, 205-pounder continues to hone the finer aspects of his game. This past season, Washington caught 71 passes for 1,380 yards and 10 touchdowns. In a 2018 mock draft, Rotoworld's Thor Nystrom projected the Falcons to select the Oklahoma State standout with the No. 26 pick next spring.
May 14 - 12:44 PM

Pro Football Focus Senior Analyst Steve Palazzolo slotted Oklahoma State senior QB Mason Rudolph No. 3 overall to the 49ers in his 2018 mock draft.

The PFF College team is higher on Rudolph than any other outlet out there. In this mock, he goes ahead of Josh Allen, Josh Rosen and Lamar Jackson. "Rudolph is often overlooked when citing the best quarterbacks in the class of 2018, but he has the best resume of the bunch," Palazzolo wrote. Over the past two years, the site has charted Rudolph as the No. 8 QB in the nation (86.7 grade in 2015) and No. 2 QB in the nation (92.7 grade last season). "Rudolph still has some consistency issues to iron out, but he throws the ball very accurately outside the numbers and he’s handled pressure extremely well over the last two seasons," Palazzolo wrote. Rotoworld's Thor Nystrom listed Rudolph as a late first-rounder -- and the fifth QB taken -- in his own 2018 mock exercise.
May 8 - 2:43 PM

Sports Illustrated's Colin Bech writes that Oklahoma State CB Adrian Baker "fills a big hole at cornerback, where [the team] has almost no returning experience."

Baker transferred over to the Cowboys from Clemson in mid-April. He was sidelined for the 2016 campaign by a torn ACL, but looks to be healthy heading into the summer. Becht believes that he, along with Cal OL transfer Aaron Chochran, could be enough to help Oklahoma State jump Oklahoma for Big 12 supremacy during the coming season. Rotoworld's Thor Nystrom, for one, sees the Cowboys and Sooners as being very much in the same tier -- he slotted Oklahoma at No. 6 and Oklahoma State at No. 10 in his springtime top-30.
May 5 - 8:30 PM

Chiefs signed Oklahoma State CB Ashton Lampkin.

Lampkin (6’0/201) was a three-year starter and four-year contributor in the Cowboys’ secondary, logging 12 career pass breakups and five interceptions. He showed average athleticism at the Combine, running 4.54 with a 10-foot broad jump and 19 reps on the bench. Lampkin has the build and movement skills of a safety, but his lack of college dominance is a concern for his NFL transition. He’ll have to make an early impression on special teams to hang around.
May 5 - 3:07 PM

Cowboys signed Oklahoma State TE Blake Jarwin.

Jarwin (6’5/246) was a two-year starter at "Cowboy back" in OSU’s offense, managing a career 41-616-5 (15.0 YPR) receiving line but still earning first-team All-Big 12 from the conference’s coaches as a junior, and second team as a senior. A former walk-on who wasn’t invited to the Combine, Jarwin showed NFL-level athleticism at the Cowboys’ Pro Day with 4.73 speed and a 10-foot-1 broad jump. Not a featured part of OSU’s offense, Jarwin operated as a movement H-back and short-area possession receiver. Long armed (34") with soft hands and plus versatility, Jarwin nevertheless offers Jacob Tamme-like traits as a potential No. 2 tight end.
May 3 - 1:43 PM

Oklahoma State redshirt senior WR Marcell Ateman (foot) has been fully healthy this spring.

Ateman received a medical hardship waiver from the NCAA for the 2016 season after breaking his foot last summer. During a healthy 2015 campaign, the 6-foot-4, 215-pounder recorded 45 catches for 766 yards and a quintet of touchdowns. His return in 2017 will bolster an already explosive offense led by QB Mason Rudolph, RB Justice Hill and fellow wideout James Washington.
May 2 - 6:10 PM

Seahawks selected Oklahoma State RB Chris Carson with the No. 249 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Carson (5’11/218) spent two years at Oklahoma State after transferring from JUCO, managing a career 213-1,076-13 (5.1 YPC) rushing line with 30 receptions. Carson lost his starting job to freshman Justice Hill as a senior, finishing third on the team in carries. Surprisingly invited to February’s Combine, Carson helped himself with a 4.58 forty, 37-inch vertical, and springy 10-foot-10 broad jump in Indy. Despite his high-end athleticism, Carson’s unproductive college career makes him an NFL long shot in the Mario Fannin mold.
Apr 29 - 6:38 PM

Dolphins selected Oklahoma State DT Vincent Taylor with the No. 194 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Taylor (6’3/304) turned pro as a redshirt junior after tallying 22.5 career tackles for loss, 12 sacks, and a school-record five blocked kicks. He led all Big 12 interior defensive linemen in sacks (7.0) in 2016. Taylor has long arms (34 3/8") and big hands (10 1/8") and was a dominant power player in college, pushing the pocket with bull-rush moves and wielding heavy hands. More of a one-gap nose tackle, Taylor has room for improvement as a run defender. He should offer the floor of a quality wave tackle and the upside of a three-down starter.
Apr 29 - 4:22 PM


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