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Christian Holmes Talks Transition to Oklahoma State

Holmes seems locked in in his first season as a Poke.



Christian Holmes’ seamless transition from Missouri to Stillwater has turned into one of the major storylines of fall camp.

Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy praised how good a leader Holmes turned into in such a short time, and that was evident Wednesday. Holmes was allowed to talk with the media, going against the first-year player rule that Gundy usually enforces. The rule has stood for a while and even prevented Barry J. Sanders, who had a communications degree from Stanford, to speak with reporters during his one season with the Pokes.

“It’s really just the mindset of all the players that are here,” Holmes said on how he has blended so well. “The mindset the coaches have of a winning mentality. It’s just always something I’ve dreamed about being a part of. … It’s easy to fit in with those guys when we all have the same goal. It really was very simple to fit in with them.”

Holmes had an outside look at OSU a few seasons back, starting at corner for Missouri in the 2018 Liberty Bowl. In that game, Holmes had six tackles including a tackle for loss and a pass breakup.

That game gave OSU a little taste of the Big 12 too, as Taylor Cornelius threw 44 times. Holmes said the tempo at which OSU plays has been the biggest difference he has seen thus far in being an SEC corner and a Big 12 corner.

“This is the most I’ve seen the ball thrown around since I put on a helmet,” Holmes said. “It’s crazy. It’s fun. It’s what every corner dreams to do.”

It’s uncertain right now the extent of the impact Holmes will make on the field with the Cowboys. He is in a bit of a position battle with Jarrick Bernard-Converse for the starting corner spot opposite Rodarius Williams. But as Mike Gundy pointed out earlier this week, no matter who the starter is, both will likely see a good amount of snaps.

Holmes said the depth OSU has should be important given the tempo at which the Big 12 plays.

His journey to Stillwater wasn’t the most conventional, but Holmes seems locked in and ready to prove himself against the best offenses in the country.

“My mind was made up of what I wanted to prove to myself to get more tape of my ability,” Holmes said. “The ball is thrown around a lot in the Big 12. I came here. You think about what I was doing at Missouri, I loved it there, but around here the past, I don’t know how many, years these guys have been to a bowl game. I want to be a part of a winning team and take the next step with this team.”



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