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Oklahoma State 2021 Spring Football Preview: Offensive Line

There’s a silver lining to OSU’s tough 2020 in the trenches.

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It was a rough year for the Cowboys up front last season. Early (and often) injury troubles followed the offseason dismissal of a couple projected rotations players.

But the Cowboy line is now in a better spot seemingly than it’s been for quite a while, thanks in no small part to its rough 2020. As we continue through our spring position previews, let’s take a look at the big men up front.

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The O-Line Room

Tyrese Williams, R-Jr., 6-2, 300
Josh Sills, R-Sr., 6-6, 330
Danny Godlevske, R-Sr., 6-3, 305
Hunter Anthony, R-Jr., 6-6, 320
Jake Springfield, R-So., 6-5, 310
Preston Wilson, R-So., 6-5, 295
Cade Bennett, R-Fr., 6-3, 315
Eli Russ, So., 6-4, 318
Cole Birmingham, R-So., 6-5, 308
Taylor Miterko, R-So., 6-6, 290
Hunter Woodard, R-Jr., 6-5, 295
Jake Henry, R-Fr., 6-4, 285
Joe Michalski, R-So., 6-4, 295
Monroe Mills, R-Fr., 6-6, 300
Silas Barr, Fr., 6-5, 285

On the Way?

Caleb Etienne (JUCO), 6-9, 330
Logan Nobles (Jenks High School), 6-6, 260

Look for Etienne to make a big impact once he arrives on campus in the summer, especially with the hole left by NFL-bound tackle Teven Jenkins. By the way, “big” is the operative word.

“We’re really excited about him,” said OL coach Charlie Dickey of Etienne at the start of the spring. “He’s a big man. He’s 6-9, 330 pounds, and he’s just a big man that can move. We feel like he’s going to really help has at the left tackle spot.”

Top Storyline: Baptized by Fire

The 2020 season started with a rash of injuries across the Cowboys’ offensive line which set in motion a perpetual game of musical chairs for the Pokes up front.

But the silver lining to that injury cloud was increased reps for linemen who normally would not have seen the field that early.

Early in the spring, Dickey said that all that early playing time has made for a “much cleaner” start to the spring and has him feeling good about the group to this point.

“We had a lot of young guys get in and get a lot of good reps ad playing time last year,” said Dickey. “You can already see that it’s helping us right now, going into spring.”

Keep An Eye On: Danny Godlevske

There’s been a lot of buzz during camp about another transfer who looks ready to make an immediate impact.

Miami (Ohio) graduate transfer Danny Godlevske has impressed his position coach almost from the moment he stepped on campus and looks like a good candidate to replace departing starting center Ry Schneider.

“We’re excited about him coming in,” said Dickey of Godlevske. “He’s doing a nice job solidifying the center spot.”

Dustin Ragusa broke down Godlevske’s film earlier this year and projects him to be an immediate upgrade at that crucial position.

Outlook for 2021

With those increased reps and the offseason additions, all signs point to an improved product in the trenches for Oklahoma State in 2021.

“I’m hoping for us to be a lot tougher up front,” Dicky said. “I want to be more physical. I want us to be able to run the ball better. I want us to be able to protect better.

“I’m just looking for guys that are gonna give great effort, be very disciplined and have great toughness. If we can get that this spring, we’ll be in good shape.”

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