OSU Preview Defensive Line

Thursday, May 26th 2011, 1:25 pm
By: News On 6

Originally Published: Aug 27, 2010 7:55 PM CDT

In the world of college football, defensive tackles are like gold....hard to find and good to invest in.<BR/>The Cowboys are no exception.<BR/>Chris Donaldson and Shane Jarka move in as starters who got a good deal of experience last season and have contiunued to get bigger and better in the offseason.&#160; Jarka has gained about 50 pounds since he arrived on campus at 235.&#160; Donaldson had two sacks in the Cowboys first preseason scrimmage.<BR/>Behind them, its inexperience and potential.&#160; Nigel Nicholas is the most experienced of the second-line players.&#160; Davidell Collins has impressed in preseason camp, but at 255 pounds is a bit small.&#160; And converted tight end Cooper Bassett provides depth.<BR/>The defensive end spot is a bit more stable and experienced.&#160; Ugo Chinasa, who led the Cowboys in sacks with 6.5 last season and is on the Lombardi Award watch list will man one edge.&#160; <BR/>The other side will be anchored by Richetti Jones and Jamie Blatnick.&#160; Jones arrived in Stillwater as one of the most heralded recruits in OSU history in the class of 2007.&#160; But he also arrived with a lingering hip injury and is just now beginning to reach his potential with the hip fully healthy.&#160; Blatnick was written in as a starter, but an off-the-field incident brought felony charges that have since been reduced to misdemeanor.&#160; Blatnick has only started practicing with teammates in the last 10 days.&#160; <BR/>Darius Hart will provide depth at defensive end.<BR/>The Cowboys are like most other teams in the Big 12 along the defensive line.&#160; Solid with front-line players, but always looking for a few good men.<BR/>Next up:&#160; Linebackers.<BR/>