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Notebook: Stribling Back, Clay Squatting 635 and Glass Fitting in Well

‘I kinda freak myself out sometimes.’



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STILLWATER — The Cowboys’ spring practice schedule is winding down, as next week is the final time the Pokes will meet with the media until fall camp gets going.

De’Zhaun Stribling, Collin Clay, Cole Birmingham and Cameron Epps met with reporters Tuesday after Oklahoma State’s practice. Here are three topics that stood out.

Stribling Back after Promising Start to 2023

Not a lot was going right offensively for Oklahoma State early last season, but De’Zhaun Stribling was standing out as a major positive for the group that was trying to find its way.

In the Cowboys’ first two games, back when they were rotating three quarterbacks, they threw for 495 yards — 138 of which went to the transfer receiver from Washington State. He led OSU in receiving yards in both of those games. The Cowboys then lost to South Alabama, while again, rotating the three QBs. Stribling didn’t have a catch in that game, and the Cowboys scored just seven points.

OSU then took a step in the right direction against Iowa State, a game where Stribling led all OSU receivers with 60 receiving yards. But that would be the final game of his first year in Stillwater, though, as a wrist injury kept him out of the Cowboys’ magnificent turnaround that saw them win seven of their remaining eight games to make the Big 12 title game.

“It was really hurtful in the sense of just my pride a little bit,” Stribling said. “Selfishly, I wanted to be out there and help the team and just be out there with the boys. But it was a good experience for me. It was good being able to be a spectator, watch what’s happening, and then ultimately just try and coach them up and be by their side.”

But Stribling is back. Listed as a 6-foot-2, 200-pound redshirt junior, Stribling has been held back a bit this spring just to ensure his wrist gets fully healed. But he rejoins a group that features Brennan Presley and Rashod Owens, who took a major step forward in Stribling’s absence.

Collin Clay Squatted How Much?

A quick Google search says a vending machine weighs about 600 pounds. Well, this offseason, Collin Clay was able to essentially squat a vending machine and then some.

“I kinda trick myself out sometimes because I never know how much I can do, but I got under the squat rack and hit 635,” Clay said. “It kind of amazed me because it feels like all this weight is coming down on you, and then just come up just like butter. I kinda freak myself out sometimes. I don’t know my own strength, so that’s just something I can keep building on.”

Listed as a 6-foot-4, 330-pound nose tackle, Clay is entering his fifth season with the program after spending his true freshman season at Arkansas. He made 14 tackles last season, including 3.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks. A lot of Clay’s work last season involved eating double teams so that OSU’s linebackers could come up and make plays. OSU coach Mike Gundy has said this spring that the Cowboys will be implementing some more four-down fronts in 2024, which could allow for the 635-pound squatting Clay to make a few more plays for himself.

Glass ‘Grinding’

The Cowboys are returning six six-year offensive linemen who have started games for the Cowboys in recent seasons.

But if someone is to contribute up front aside from those six in 2024, look no further than Arizona State transfer Isaia Glass. A 6-foot-4, 305-pound redshirt junior, Glass started 15 games across the Sun Devils’ past two seasons.

“He’s been doing good,” Cole Birmingham said. “He learned the offense pretty quick. He’s a good player. He’s playing aggressively. He’s playing smart and everything. It’s been nice. I’ve been playing next to him.”

With OSU being careful getting some linemen back from offseason procedures, the spring could be a good time for Glass to integrate himself into the Cowboys’ offensive line room.

“Isaia is doing great,” Preston Wilson said. “He’s grinding. He’s working hard. He puts a lot of time into the film room. Puts in a lot of time with the dudes. Everybody likes him. He gets along with everybody. I have no doubt he’ll contribute with us this year.”

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