Dec 1, 2012; Waco, TX, USA; Oklahoma State Cowboys quarterback Clint Chelf (10) passes from his own end zone during the second half against the Baylor Bears at Floyd Casey Stadium. The Bears defeated the Cowboys 41-34. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
It’s the beginning of summer and not a lot going on around the field in Stillwater, OK. Spring ball has concluded and everybody is still pondering; How will the Oklahoma State Cowboys fare in this upcoming season? Let’s take a look at what I believe to be the Oklahoma State’s weak link this year.
The weakest link on the Oklahoma State team this year is the left side of the offensive line. RT Daniel Koenig and RG Parker Graham are studs who have been around long enough to know what it takes to get the job done. From center to left tackle is the question. What are the Pokes going to get out of these three positions? Jake Jenkins is poised to be the anchor of the O-line at the Center position. While Brandon Webb and Devin Davis should fill in the RG and RT positions, respectively.
Jake Jenkins started one game last season against Louisiana-Lafayette. This was due to the injury of Epstein. Jenkins had snaps in a few other games throughout the year. Most snaps came in mop up duty but qualifies as quality game-time experience. He has had a good spring and looks to be more than capable of getting the job done.
Brandon Webb received quality playing time last year, starting the final 5 games of the season. Webb played in every game except the game against Arizona. It should be noted that Webb did NOT allow a single sack all last season. Webb also was tabbed as ‘the most physical offensive lineman’. Webb has been on campus since 2009. He has paid his dues earning his way into the starting lineup. Still a lot of questions as Webb has not been a day one starter. Can he handle a full season? Pokes fans hope so. If you know anything about the staff at Oklahoma State you could probably bet(though I do not condone or suggest you bet on anything) they will have Webb ready to fulfill the duties asked of him by the staff.
Devin Davis is the young pup of this group. A Sophomore. Davis started two games last year and received mop up duty against a few teams last season. Davis has some experience. However, is it enough to make the Pokes o-line one of the Big 12 bests? A lot is yet to be seen. Davis has the most questions as his sample size is smaller than any other on the line. What is even more concerning is Davis is given the responsibility of protecting the QB’s blind side.
If these 3 click quickly and establish good rhythm with the Pokes’ fast-paced offense, this team could be better than many project. This is good news as many outlets project the Pokes to finish top 3 if not win the Big 12 this season. I guess the determining factor lies within the left side of the offensive line.
82 days until kickoff!