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OSU football journal: New-look defensive line holds up well in spring scrimmage

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OSU's Israel Antwine (95) and Kevin Mair (70) run through drills Saturday in Stillwater. "We’ve grown a lot this spring,” tackle Brendon Evers said of the defensive line. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]
OSU's Israel Antwine (95) and Kevin Mair (70) run through drills Saturday in Stillwater. "We’ve grown a lot this spring,” tackle Brendon Evers said of the defensive line. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]

No position on the Oklahoma State roster is going through a bigger overhaul than the defensive line, which lost most of its two-deep from a year ago.

But there was promise in Saturday’s performance during the spring scrimmage.

“They’re young. They’re immature. They don’t have any experience, so that’ll be a work in progress,” coach Mike Gundy said. “They should continue to get better and hopefully they’ll play better earlier than what we think.”

Defensive ends Brock Martin and Mike Scott look to fit the dynamic role coordinator Jim Knowles expects from that position held by Jordan Brailford last year.

Brendon Evers and Cameron Murray look like reliable tackles. And players like Israel Antwine and Amadou Fofana showed the ability to be in the middle or on the edge.

“We’re all guys who take coaching very seriously and take it very well,” Evers said. “If you saw us at the first spring practice to now, you wouldn’t believe it. We’ve grown a lot this spring.”

LC Greenwood at linebacker amid depth issues

One of the most notable revelations from the spring scrimmage roster was the “LB” next to the name of LC Greenwood. The 6-foot-3, 212-pound sophomore came in as a highly regarded receiver, but he came to see a better chance for playing time at linebacker.

“He came in and wanted to make the move,” Gundy said. “He felt like maybe he had hit a dead end at the wideout spot, so he wanted to make a move. He played both ways in high school.

“He’s just trying to get lined up right now, so we should know a lot more three weeks into August.”

If he can get settled in, the opportunity to find his way on the field might emerge at a position that is dealing with injury and depth issues.

Devin Harper, Kevin Henry and Blake Barron were sidelined for Saturday’s action, with Harper and Barron sitting out all or most of the spring.

Among the other players held out with injuries were left tackle Dylan Galloway and Cowboy back Jake Ross.

‘Fresh Legs’ Brown hoping to stay healthy

Redshirt junior LD Brown is the veteran of the running back group, even though sophomore Chuba Hubbard will be the featured back.

Brown is an established No. 2, having played a role the last two seasons, despite some nagging injuries.

But he’s healthy now, and ready for any opportunity that appears. Of course, spring ball has been an adventure for other reasons.

“I’ve been getting a little hassle from my teammates, because I only practice Mondays and Fridays. I have class on Wednesdays,” Brown said. “School comes first, but I’ve been getting a little hassle. They call my ‘Fresh Legs’ every time they see me, because I’m not out there three days a week with them.”

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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