Ready For Spring's Arrival

Thursday, May 26th 2011, 1:34 pm
By: News On 6

Originally Published: Mar 3, 2011 8:27 PM CDT

<BR/>Spring football opens Monday in Stillwater.&#160; Our friends in the OSU Sports Information office have provided us with an early look at the Cowboys depth chart.&#160; Here are some areas to watch as camp opens:</P>&#160;</P>Middle Linebacker:&#160; Replacing Orie Lemon&rsquo;s 133 tackles and leadership will not happen overnight.&#160; Sophomores Caleb Lavey and Tyler Johnson will battle for that spot.&#160; Lavey is listed as the starter.&#160; Johnson is a mature former minor league baseball player.</P>&#160;</P>Outside Linebacker:&#160; The Cowboys must also replace Justin Gent.&#160; LeRon Furr and Chris Dinkins will vie for that spot.&#160; Furr was contributing last season before being injured.&#160; Dinkins is a converted receiver and safety.</P>&#160;</P>Defensive Tackle:&#160; Perhaps the most wide-open position on the team.&#160; Nigel Nicholas and Davidell Collins played last season.&#160; Tahlequah&rsquo;s Christian Littlehead is an intriguing prospect because of his size (6&rsquo;3&rdquo;, 332 lbs.).&#160; Other defensive tackle prospects will arrive for the start of fall camp.</P>&#160;</P>Running Back:&#160; Not that there is a problem there, but it will be fun to watch Joseph Randle and Jeremy Smith get after it.&#160; And freshman Herschel Sims arrives this fall.</P>&#160;</P>The offensive line remains remarkably intact.&#160; There should be some good competition for playing time.&#160; Mike Gundy said last year that the group of young linemen that the Cowboys have on the roster comprises the best group he&rsquo;s had at OSU.</P>&#160;</P>