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Summer Opponent Preview: Oklahoma State Cowboys – The Numbers

We get our initial look at Texas Tech’s 9th opponent, the Oklahoma State Cowboys.

Quick Facts on Oklahoma State

Last Year’s Record: 7-6
Location: Stillwater, Oklahoma
Coach: Mike Gundy
Returning Offensive Starters: WR Jhajuan Seals; TE Zac Veatch; FB Jeremy Seaton; QB J.W. Walsh; WR Austin Hays; OL Paul Lewis, OL Zachary Crabtree; WR David Glidden; OL Michael Wilson; WR Marcell Ateman; WR Brandon Sheperd
Returning Defensive Starters: DE Jimmy Bean; LB Ryan Simmons, CB Kevin Peterson; LB Seth Jacobs; DE Emmanuel Ogbah; FS Jordan Sterns; CB Ramon Richards; SS Tre Flowers

Yards

Pass Yds/Gm Rush Yds/Gm Rec Yds/Gm
QB Mason Rudolph 284.30 (11.00) 0.00
RB Rennie Childs 0.00 29.40 1.60
WR Brandon Sheperd 0.00 5.31 56.70
WR David Glidden 0.00 0.00 46.00
WR Marcel Ateman 0.00 0.00 22.30

Rudolph has a small sample size, so I’d largely ignore the negative rushing plays, although it may speak to the fact that he’s not as mobile as Walsh, but I think this is due more because of a small sample size than anything else. I also find it funny that OSU lists Walsh as a returning starter, but whatever. The running back will need some help, and that may come from a highly-touted JUCO running back, but the receivers will need to step up.

Points

Pass Pts/Gm Rush Pts/Gm Rec Pts/Gm
QB Mason Rudolph 12.00 0.00 0.00
RB Rennie Childs 0.00 1.80 0.00
WR Brandon Sheperd 0.00 0.00 2.30
David Glidden 0.00 0.00 0.92
WR Marcel Ateman 0.00 0.00 0.00

Eh, there’s not much here. Lots of potential, but not a lot of proven playmakers. Sheperd is the odds-on favorite to take a huge jump, but based on last year, not a ton of big-time plays made.

Tackles

Solo Assisted
FS Jordan Sterns 59 44
LB Ryan Simmons 66 30
LB Seth Jacobs 56 36
DE Emmanuel Ogbah 35 14
CB Kevin Peterson 45 14

Now we get to the good stuff. There’s no doubt that the strength of Oklahoma State’s team will be based on the defense. Yes, they do have to replace the interior of the defensive line, and that could be problematic, but there’s a lot of good here.

Havoc

Tackles for Loss Passes Defended Forced Fumbles
FS Jordan Sterns 5.50 4.00 2.00
LB Ryan Simmons 12.00 4.00 0.00
LB Seth Jacobs 6.00 7.00 2.00
DE Emmanuel Ogbah 17.00 5.00 1.00
CB Kevin Peterson 1.50 13.00 0.00

Again, lots of guys here that make big plays and Ogbah is as good as anyone in the conference at that defensive end spot. Not to mention, but a linebacker that makes as many plays as Simmons does and a cornerback like Peterson that makes so many plays on passes, this is again, some pretty good stuff.

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