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I did a little write up in the other thread about the guys we are losing (or might lose to the draft). Each of those guys has meant so much to our program, and there's always the lingering concern about how you replace guys like that.

But the cupboard is far from bare, so I thought I'd write a bit about the guys who are coming back and some of the new guys coming in.

The Returnees

Ryan Sluder (Sr.) - Ryan had a down year at the plate, but I think his hand injury set him back more than any of us know. Still, you'd be hardpressed to find a better defensive centerfielder in college baseball. Scouts have always talked about Sluder as a five-tool player if he ever reaches his potential. Don't forget that he was more of a football guy until he came to OSU. I look for Ryan to have a big senior season and up his draft stock big time.

Dustin Williams (Sr.) - I think Dustin was asked to do some things at the plate this year that he hadn't been asked to do before - namely to try and tap into his power a bit more at the expense of the higher OBP and opposite field hitting that we saw from him in his first two years. When Krietemeier graduated two years ago, I wondered if we'd see a defensive drop off at first base, but Dustin has been as good or better. Dustin was drafted in the mid-30 rounds, but I anticipate he'll return and I'm really hopeful that we'll see him finish his OSU career on a strong note.

Andrew Rosa (R-Jr.) - I'm really excited to see Andrew get more time on the field next year. Obviously things may get tougher when other teams start to develop a "book" on him, but Andrew has definitely shown some flashes at the plate. I would guess Andrew will be in the mix for the shortstop job next year.

Garrett Benge (Jr.) - Garrett is another kid that we got the chance to interact with at the banquet, and you'd have absolutely no idea that this was a kid who'd just had a JUCO season for the ages. Quiet, humble, unassuming and very gracious and...
Omaha Day 4

Today is the last day I am here. It is really sad to leave as our boys are playing so well.

We played golf at Indian Creek Golf Course, which was amazing. I would think that this is one of Omaha’s best public courses. We finished up our round at about 1pm. We then headed back to the hotel, and then headed out to the bars to pregame. We choose the bar really close to the park called “Blatt”. It was a great atmosphere. We watched the UCSB vs Miami game there and had a blast. Got a chance to talk to Andrew Rosa’s dad for a bit. Met a nice couple that flew up from Houston at the bar as we shared a community table.

After we had our fill at “Blatt” we sold our OSU allotted tickets for $20 and bought some better seats for $30/ticket right down 1st base line.

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The Rain Delay crowd:



We later moved closer to the OSU section as the game went on. Some great people down that line that helped us cheer on the pokes. Also got a shot of this guy on the walls of TD Ameritrade.

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WHAT A WIN! 2-0, in the drivers seat. Buffett picked up right where Hatch left off and Cobb was filthy to close it out. As most of you probably are right now, my father and I are absolutely thrilled. Such a great game.


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2 runs. 2 wins.

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2016 Oklahoma State Football Thoughts and Preview

By Internationalaw

2015 Review:10-3 Record

Losses:Baylor,OU,Ole Miss(Consecutively)

Pts/Game: 29 (86th)

Total Sacks: 40 (5th)

Efficiency Rating: 61.1 (42nd)

Tackle Leaders: *Jordan Sterns (108)
*Jordan Burton (98)
*Chad Whitener (93)


Key Returning Players: Jordan Sterns (S)
Vincent Taylor (DT)
Ashton Lampkin (CB
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Sack Leaders: Emmanuel Ogbah (13)
Jimmy Bean (5.5)
*Vincent Taylor (5.0)


Key Losses: Emmanuel Ogbah (DE)
Ryan Simmons (MLB)
Kevin Peterson (CB)


INT Leaders: 7 players tied with 2 * Denotes Returning Player

Part II of our summer long OSU Football previews focuses on the defense. Similar to *Part 1, Part II is going to be a broad, but comprehensive overview of the 2016 defense. There will be a lot of changes on this side of the ball due to early departures, graduating seniors and super senior...
Omaha Trip Day 3

Happy Fathers Day to all the dad’s out there. Including my own father, Clowndad. It has been a memorable trip and I owe it all to him. Since I have been working full time for the better part of 6 years, after I graduated OSU, I now fully understand all of the sacrifices he has made being my coach all those years when he had a full time job. He loves our Cowboys and this is his first trip to Omaha as well. He has some great stories of the Gary Ward era, so I was surprised to hear that he never has gotten the opportunity to come up here. So we are definitely making the most of this father/son outing.

Cowboys were off today so I booked a tee time at Pacific Springs Golf Course out in West Omaha. There are quite a few business parks out there, and everything looks brand new. After talking to the locals, that seems to be the consensus that everything is moving west. Pacific Springs is 6,000 yard par 72 course. There is very lush bent grass that lines the fairways. Its not a very long course, but it definitely challenged me today. I don’t think we have a course like this where I play. Oklahoma usually has pretty short quick grass because of the heat, and I live off of bouncing 7 irons off the front of the green and rolling them up onto the dance floor. Overall I really like the challenge. Most holes you need an iron off the tee, because the dogleg or a creek would prevent you from hitting driver. I probably pulled out diver 5 times all round.

Dad and I on the 17th tee

After the round we are quite hungry, so I look up Upstream Brewing Co.. Thought it was going to be a little bit more of a local thing, but if you have ever been to BJ’s Brew House or Gordon Biersch, you have been to Upstream Brewing Co. Solid food, solid brews, lots of TVs.

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Dad and I hang around the hotel and watch the end of the US Open. I am 28, but I’m aching pretty badly. That is what a desk job will do to you kids....
In the middle of last week Brad Underwood and staff received their first commitment of the 2017 class. It was a big one coming from Zack Dawson, a 4 star 6'3" guard from Miami, Florida. Dawson is a combo guard that can score from pretty much anywhere on the floor, but specializes in the pick and roll. We caught up with him earlier for an interview.



Can you tell me what made you decide to go ahead and commit to OSU?

"The style of play, the environment, the education and relationship with the coaches. I'll also be looking forward to putting OSU back on the map."

So has it been a combination of the coaches that are recruiting you or has it been just one of them?

"I've been talking to coach Evans and coach Underwood."

Can you tell me about your relationship with the 2 of them?


"My relationship with them is pretty good I talk to them both almost everyday and it's pretty fun to build a nice relationship with them."

Can you tell me what kind of player that OSU is getting in you?

"They are getting a scoring guard that can also get his teammates involved and just make the right play at the end of the day. I'm more like a combo guard."

Did you have a connection to OSU before Coach Evans and Underwood started recruiting you, because Florida is a long way from Oklahoma?

"Not really but I used to watch Marcus smart when coach Ford used to coach him. I really believe in Coach Underwood coaching style and coach Evans is a great developer I think I'll be successful at OSU."

Do you know what you are wanting to major in at college?

"I am currently considering business or law to major in."

Have they told you about the new business school? It should be very nice when its finished.

"Yes coach underwood have told me about the new business school. I'm looking forward to it."

Last question here, with your commitment to OSU have you closed up the recruiting process?

"Yes right...