Although Oklahoma State went 7-6 in 2014, going 2-1 in the last three games, making a bowl game for the ninth year in a row seems to have been the adrenaline shot the program needed this offseason.
Part of the reason for the 2014 slump wasn’t all on the man taking the snaps, but on the ones protecting him. This year, the Cowboys will return much of the young offensive line and have also picked up UAB transfer Victor Salako, a monster on the line that will be much improved.
However, having a quarterback who can lead a team is important.
In three games to end the season, Mason Rudolph threw for more than 800 yards and helped lighten up the end of an otherwise horrid season for the Cowboys. This, paired with the depth at receiver and some budding stars at the running back position, could mean fans will get to see the Oklahoma State offense that was MIA in 2014.
Part of the reason for the slump wasn’t all on the man taking the snaps, but on the ones protecting him. This year, the Cowboys will return much of the young offensive line and have also picked up UAB transfer Victor Salako, a monster on the line that will be much improved.
Receivers like David Glidden, Marcell Ateman and Brandon Sheperd should also help for an easy transition for Rudolph as he looks to avoid the sophomore slump that many before him have sustained.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Cowboys are stacked. Potential first round pick Emmanuel Ogbah will anchor one end of the defensive line while Jimmy Bean will keep quarterbacks from worrying about having too much time in the backfield. Linebackers Seth Jacobs, Jordan Burton and Ryan Simmons could help plug the middle of the field while trying to make up for the lack of experience at the defensive tackle position.
In the defensive backfield the Cowboys return senior Kevin Peterson, a preseason All-Big 12 player along with safety Jordan Sterns that could help the Cowboys against the potent offenses that thrive throughout the Big 12.
The Cowboys return a large part of the team that went 7-6 just last season but with much more game experience and a favorable schedule, the Cowboys could contend for a conference championship.