OSU football: A career offensive lineman, Larry Joubert found his fit at Cowboy back
STILLWATER — Oklahoma State senior Larry Joubert’s college football career has been a winding journey, but even he couldn’t have predicted the latest turn.
An offensive lineman predating his days as a Douglass High School standout, it seemed there was no other position that the 6-foot-4, 285-pound Joubert fit into.
Joubert spent the last two seasons at OSU trying to figure out where on the offensive line he could best contribute to the team. Cowboy coaches gave him a look at nearly every position on the line.
Then, one day last winter, Joubert walked into the OSU weight room were coach Mike Gundy was working out. He called Joubert over.
“You know what we’re doing with you, right?” Gundy asked.
Joubert had been getting a sense that a change was coming, but he wasn’t sure.
“We’re moving you to Cowboy back,” Gundy told him.
The fullback/tight end hybrid position had just lost a couple of talented blockers in Britton Abbott and Sione Finefeuiaki, and needed someone to fill the void.
The change came with new instructions. Catch 50 balls a day. And run more. For the first time in his career, he wouldn’t have to be trying to add weight, but could let a few pounds slide off.
When he came out of Douglass in 2015, Joubert was viewed as a Division I-caliber offensive lineman, but a little undersized because of his lean build.
So he went to Northeastern Oklahoma A&M for two years. His athletic gifts and leadership qualities stood out, but he was still a little on the light side as an offensive guard.
He signed with New Mexico in December of 2016, but an academic snafu required one more semester at NEO, and voided his letter of intent. Soon after, OSU found itself looking to replenish lost depth on the offensive line and signed Joubert in March of 2017.
He redshirted that fall, trying to bulk up, and spent last season as a backup.
But spring practice opened a new door to potential playing time alongside Jelani Woods, Logan Carter and others.
“It’s a big change. I ain’t gonna lie,” Joubert said. “The transition has been good. Jelani, Logan, all them, I love those guys. They been helping me a lot to make sure I get extra film time, understanding what to do.
“I went from being an interior guy to receiver, pretty much. I’m gonna keep grinding, keep learning.”
The receiver side of the job will be new to Joubert, but from a blocking standpoint, he understands the overall scheme from a much deeper perspective than your typical fullback or tight end.
More than anything, new offensive coordinator Sean Gleeson has been excited by the vigor with which Joubert has approached his new job.
“Larry is a great indication of what we want all our guys to do,” Gleeson said. “That’s a kid who was given a new role, embraced it, and is now attacking a new version of himself.
“I would love that attitude to be spread amongst all our guys.”