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Daily Bullets (August 17)

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Cochran Catching On

Addressing the media after practice on Wednesday, Mike Gundy praised Cal offensive line transfer Aaron Cochran for his quick progress to get up-to-speed in a short time. His only regret? That he didn’t have him in Stillwater for four years.

“I wish he would have been here during his career with Rob Glass,” Gundy told the Tulsa World. “He would look like a Greek god right now. He already looks 50 percent better than when he visited here. So that’s a good sign because that means he’s committed and guys that are committed, that’s what we win with here at Oklahoma State.” [Tulsa World]

Cochran appears to be taking the bull by the horns at left tackle, and will likely be the starter from day one to replace Victor Salako in protecting Mason Rudolph’s blindside.

Washington recalls gruesome Alamo Bowl injury

No. 28’s rumored hernia injury has been the talk of the week, but his hand injury in the Alamo Bowl — which apparently was bad enough that it showed bone — is a gruesome story John Helsley of The Oklahoman detailed beautifully.

“I grabbed it and I’m messing with it, trying to put it back in place,” Washington said. “And it wouldn’t go back in. So I go to the sideline and take my glove off and the bone is sticking out through the skin.” [NewsOK]

The bone!

Washington’s hand injury has fully recovered since that day in January, and his other “injury”? That seems to be doing just fine, too. He says he plans to play in game 1 when OSU hosts Tulsa on Aug. 31.

Chris Carson Climbing the Ranks

Former OSU running back Chris Carson has made waves with his steady play in the preseason with the Seattle Seahawks, rushing for 2 touchdowns earlier this week, and is now reaping the benefits. According to ESPN, he’s ahead of Alex Collins — the man he likely needed to beat to win a spot on the 53-man roster — and is poised to see more reps in practice after his hot summer.

“Carson is clearly ahead of Alex Collins and continues to climb up the depth chart. When Rawls got the day off Tuesday, Lacy, Carson and C.J. Prosise all got turns with the first team.” [ESPN]

Can you imagine … Chris Carson: starting running back for the Seattle Seahawks? Thomas Rawls and Eddie Lacy are likely going to be the top dogs, but Carson looks like he’s going to be a major factor for Pete Carroll’s team in 2017.

OSU and NCAA Notes

ESPN’s new Apple TV app will let you watch four sports simultaneously .. OSU feeling more confident with Matt Amendola as place-kicker as season approaches .. Kenneth Edison-McGruder finding fit at linebacker .. James Washington had 60+ texts when he woke up last Saturday morning

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