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Six-Shooter: Zach Crabtree on McGregor-Mayweather and More



Introducing a new series, welcome to the Six-Shooter, a weekly segment with an Oklahoma State athlete where we ask six random, non-sports-related questions to get to know these gals and guys a bit better.

Senior offensive tackle Zach Crabtree has been a staple in the Oklahoma State O-line since 2014 when he started eight games as a freshman, but he is far more complex than a nicely cut beard and a football mind.

Here is how he faired in this week’s gauntlet of hard-hitting journalism:

If you found $1 million in a bag on the side of the road, what would you do with it?

“You definitely gotta check and see who the money belongs to. You got to find the source. That’s a lot of money. A million dollars, something’s going on there. I don’t know if I wanna be touching that money. Something went wrong. There could be some dirty stuff going on there.”

Money is not an issue, you have a full range of abilities, but you have a week to live. Where are you going? What are you doing? And who are you spending your last week on Earth with?

“I’m going somewhere in the Caribbean. I’ve never been to the Caribbean. I’ve always wanted to. I’m renting a beach house or a hut or something somewhere, and I’m laying up for a week, enjoying the last week and just chillin’ in paradise with some close friends.

“My boys (are with me), my family obviously, but definitely my boys just from here. There’s a group of about six of us that have got real close and so we’d probably all be together.

“I’d have Mason (Rudolph) with me. I’d have Austin Hays. I’d have Blake Jarwin. We have some other friends that don’t play. I got a boy at Duke. I’d have a close-knit group of friends that I always hang out with.”

What’s your favorite cereal?

“I’m really a big Special K, Fruit and Yogurt guy. I don’t know if you’ve ever had their Fruit & Yogurt cereal, but it is fantastic. I’m telling ya’ it’s the way to go.

“That or Cinnamon Toast Crunch. I can do Cinnamon Toast Crunch.”

What is your favorite video game?

“Madden. I haven’t played ’17 too much.

“Back a couple years ago when I was living with J.W. (Walsh), we used to play Madden nonstop. We would always do three randoms, and you had to pick your random.

“I like somebody that does a lot of stuff out of the gun because I like to be able to go up-tempo and pick it apart that way.”

When did you know you were a man?

“Athletically, probably the first time I ever did a pass set here. I was a true freshman. I got thrown into the fire, and I had to go up against Emmanuel Ogbah as a true freshman. That’ll wake you up in a hurry.

“Off the field, probably the first time I got my books and I realized that my athletic ability paid for my opportunity and got me all those books and tuition, so that was probably off the field, that’s when I realized it.”

Mayweather or McGregor?

“I’m goin’ McGregor.

“We had a big debate about this the other day. We had a huge debate about this. I think McGregor’s tougher than (Mayweather) is. The UFC is harder to fight in than boxing. There’s no question about it. You’re looking out for a lot more things, and so you take a leg kick out of it, and now McGregor’s just watching his hands.

“And do let Conor McGregor fool you. He wants a knockout. He’s determined. I think he’s probably the best guy that maybe Floyd has fought, talent-wise. He’s strong. He’s tough, and it’s gonna be a little different taking a punch from Conor McGregor than it would (Marcos Maidana) or something. If he connects — that’s the problem is connecting, but if he connects, I think it’s gonna be over.”

Bonus: Nickname is “60”

After Rudolph wrapped up his media duties, he looked at Crabtree, who was still doing an interview, a few feet away and said, “All right, 60, you ready for lunch.”

That’s an awesome nickname. Don’t know if you can beat that as an offensive lineman.

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