Nov 23, 2013; Stillwater, OK, USA; The Oklahoma State Cowboys take the field against the Baylor Bears at Boone Pickens Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

100% Orange Juice: Brandon Garrett's Return, Impact Freshmen for Football

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Last year’s Cotton Bowl was very uneventful for most Cowboys and their fans. Missouri wiped the floor with Oklahoma State and the game went nothing like anyone thought it was going to go. One Cowboy in particular had an extremely eventful time in Jerry World, and it was eventful in a way that makes you cringe.

Brandon Garrett, an offensive lineman for the Cowboys, was playing in the Cotton bowl when, in a freak injury towards the beginning of the game, Garrett broke both his Tibula and Fibula bones in his lower leg. Now Garrett, a lineman with experience sorely needed in his position, plays his first game back healthy in a place where his life was turned upside down.

For more on Garrett’s return to the field and the place where he was injured, John Helsley of the Oklahoma has the article.

“It’s pretty crazy,” Garrett said, “that something like that could happen and then go back to the same stadium, same atmosphere, play another huge game. Pretty amazing.

“It’s always going to be in the back of my head. But at the same time, I’ve got to approach it just like any other game. I’m not going to worry about what happened before, although it might be there a little bit. I’m just going to do my thing, prepare with the team and try to get a win.”

The Cowboys sure do need his talent on the offensive line, so for the sake of the Cowboys and Garrett himself, I hope that he can get back to being the player he was on the field.

Unfortunately, the Cowboys do not have enough players like Brandon Garrett coming back. Oklahoma State lost 29 seniors/early departures last season and much of the team will showcase freshmen getting their first start right off the bat.

Fortunately for OSU, this Cowboys squad has great crop of freshmen talent to pull from in a year that lacks so much experience.

Kyle Fredrickson takes a look at eight freshmen that might and probably will have an impact on this rebuilding team.

LB Gyasi Akem / 6-1, 210 / Broken Arrow, Okla.

Akem certainly looks the part with his physique and athleticism. The Broken Arrow product was among the top-10 most highly touted outside linebacker recruits in the nation last season. If given the opportunity, he could provide needed depth at linebacker and on special teams in 2014.

With departures of players such as Shaun Lewis and Caleb Lavey, the linebackers need all the help they can get.

CB Juwan Offray / 5-11, 180 / New Orleans

Offray’s signing is an example of the OSU recruiting staff’s range outside Texas and Oklahoma. His talents will likely land him in the defensive backfield rotation and on special teams. Offray is hyper-athletic as a former three-sport standout.

With Justin Gilbert off to the Cleveland Browns, the Cowboys will be looking for another star CB to perform at a high level on this defense. Offray might have a chance with his athleticism.

In other non-OSU news…

– The game between Georgia State and Abilene Christian to kick off the CFB season was bat $#!T insane. Georgia State won on a last-second field goal, but that’s just the tip of the craziness.

– If you haven’t been living under a rock, you know that Landon Donovan was left off the USMNT for soccer during the World Cup this summer. The video below is just straight joy.

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