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OSU football: Storylines to watch in Saturday's scrimmage

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Fans will finally get to see quarterback Spencer Sanders (3) in action Saturday during OSU's spring scrimmage in Stillwater. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman]
Fans will finally get to see quarterback Spencer Sanders (3) in action Saturday during OSU's spring scrimmage in Stillwater. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman]

STILLWATER — Saturday’s action won’t be a typical spring game, but more of a hybrid scrimmage and practice for Oklahoma State football fans to get an early look at the 2019 version of the Cowboys.

Here are a few things to watch for in the spring finale at 1 p.m. Saturday inside Boone Pickens Stadium:

Quarterback action

One random handoff by Dru Brown in the Liberty Bowl aside, this will be the first time for OSU fans to see their future starting quarterback — either Brown, a senior, or Spencer Sanders, a redshirt freshman — in action wearing the orange and black.

The quarterback job likely won’t be won on Saturday, but the scrimmage will give new offensive coordinator Sean Gleeson a little more knowledge of what his quarterbacks do when there are fans in the stands.

“Are you a contender or a pretender?” Gleeson said. “When the lights go on, how do you respond?

“It’s just like when you sign up for the school play. When those lights go on, are you gonna sink or swim? It’ll just be another lens to view their development, but I expect them to perform really well.”

New-look defensive line

It isn’t as exciting as a quarterback competition, but the rebuild of OSU’s defensive line might be just as important to the team’s potential for success in the fall.

OSU is replacing all four regular starters and a couple backups from last season.

Brock Martin and Mike Scott got valuable experience as backup defensive ends last season, and redshirt freshman Tyler Lacy has bulked up as he looks for a shot at some playing time.

On the inside, Brendon Evers and Cameron Murray saw action last year, with newcomers Sione Asi (junior college) and Israel Antwine (Colorado transfer) joining the mix.

One more wideout

The Cowboys return three impactful starting receivers in Tylan Wallace, Dillon Stoner and Landon Wolf. However, there’s still a vacancy to be filled, and several candidates for the spot on the outside opposite Wallace.

It’s an important position, considering that player will be crucial in helping spread the field and drawing attention away from Wallace, a Biletnikoff Award finalist last year.

Players like Braydon Johnson, C.J. Moore, Patrick McKaufman and others will have a shot at earning playing time there. Saturday is the last chance for someone to make an impression in front of coaches before they go into player-run workouts in the summer.

Scott Wright

A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and... Read more ›

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