It’s a position made famous by the Pokes under Coach Gundy. The Cowboy back position is one heavily utilized especially when OK State has talented players like Blake Jarwin. However, with Jarwin gone, new players need to step up to take his spot.
A few candidates to step in include tight end and two-star signee Baron Odom and three-star JUCO transfer fullback Sione Finefeuiaki. Odom flipped to OK State from Rice on Jan. 31, while Finefeuiaki is the no. 1 JUCO fullback in the country. Both have great size and offer value in either the pass or run game.
It’s nice to see the Cowboys recruiting run blockers to help an improving offensive line and running game. Those were the two weakest points of the offense entering the 2016 regular season. However, both issues were taken care of as the season went along. And the offensive line has four of their five starters from the previous season returning in 2017.
OK State focused very heavily on adding receivers, tight ends, and running backs for the 2017 class. The offensive line could have used some upgrades, but we’ll see how Gundy handles that situation in the near future. He mentioned during the press conference that the Pokes still have one scholarship left if they want to add another player before August.