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STILLWATER, Okla. — Oklahoma State football kicks off its spring practice later this month. The Cowboys experienced their fair share of roster turnover following the 2021 season in which they reached the Big 12 title game and won the Fiesta Bowl over Notre Dame. Although some key pieces from last year’s team are gone, the Pokes still have plenty of returnees to potentially make another impressive run in 2022.
There will certainly be a handful of position battles during spring ball as players look to solidify their standing going into the summer. By the time May rolls around, the depth chart should be a bit clearer. In the meantime, here is a breakdown of what the Oklahoma State two-deep could look like for the 2022 season as the start of spring camp approaches.
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1. Spencer Sanders (6-1, 210, RSr.)

2. Gunnar Gundy (6-2, 205, So.)**
Next in Line: Garret Rangel (6-2, 181, Fr.); Peyton Thompson (6-1, 210, RJr.)**
Spencer Sanders is back for his fourth season as the starting quarterback at Oklahoma State. The redshirt senior has yet to play every game in a season since he took over the role in 2019, but his durability will be critical if the Cowboys want to have another successful campaign in 2022. Sanders is one of just two scholarship quarterbacks currently on the roster. Joining him in that category is true freshman early enrollee Garret Rangel, a 247Sports Composite four-star recruit from Frisco (Tex.) Lone Star.
The other two quarterbacks on the roster are Gunnar Gundy, son of head coach Mike Gundy, and walk-on Peyton Thompson.

1. Dominic Richardson (6-0, 210, Jr.)
2. Jaden Nixon (5-10, 185, RFr.)
Next in Line: Zach Middleton (5-9, 202, RSo.); Ollie Gordon (6-1, 211, Fr.); CJ Brown (5-10, 175, Fr.); Andre Washington (6-0, 195, RJr.)**; Asa Osbourn (5-9, 190, RFr.)**
Jaylen Warren, Dezmon Jackson and LD Brown are all gone as Dominic Richardson most likely steps into position to take the bulk of carries for Oklahoma State next season. Behind him is a group of young, unproven backs, including a pair of newcomers in true freshmen Ollie Gordon and CJ Brown — both of whom were four-star prospects. 
Jaden Nixon and Zach Middleton saw limited late-game action last season, but have shown bright spots in their abilities.

WR (Z)
1. Rashod Owens (6-2, 215, RSo.)
2. Talyn Shettron (6-2, 195, Fr.)
WR (Y)
1. Brennan Presley (5-8, 175, Jr.)
2. John Paul Richardson (6-0, 180, So.)
WR (H)
1. Braydon Johnson (6-0, 205, RSr.)
2. Blaine Green (6-1, 215, So.)
WR (X)
1. Jaden Bray (6-2, 187, So.)
2. Bryson Green (6-1, 205, So.)
Next in Line: Langston Anderson (6-1, 202, RJr.); Braylin Presley (5-8, 165, Fr.)##; Stephon Johnson (6-2, 182, Fr.)##; Cale Cabbiness (6-2, 200, RSo.)**; CJ Tate (6-0, 185, RSr.)**; Vance Hooper (6-1, 195, RSr.)**; Rylan McQuarters (5-7, 173, RSr.)**; Clayton Barbour (5-10, 180, RJr.)**; Xavier Dandridge (6-2, 200, RJr.)**; Rashad Dixon (5-11, 175, RJr.)**; Peyton Kramer (5-11, 175, RFr.)**
The Oklahoma State receiving corps is young, but one key veteran returns after missing much of the 2021 season due to injury. Braydon Johnson is back for a super senior year and will compete alongside a group of receivers that proved they can be contributors in the Cowboys’ passing attack. Brennan Presley continues to become more of a threat, while sophomores Jaden Bray, Blaine Green, Bryson Green and John Paul Richardson look to increase their targets after seeing significant snaps as true freshman last season.
The Pokes also welcomed a trio of newcomers to their receiving corps: Talyn Shettron, Braylin Presley and Stephon Johnson. Shettron is already on campus and could possibly work his way into the mix as well.

1. Braden Cassity (6-2, 240, RSr.)
2. Austin Jarrard (6-3, 255, RJr.)
Next in Line: Quinton Stewart (6-2, 250, RSo.); Luke McEndoo (6-1, 255, RFr.)**; Tabry Shettron (6-4, 230, Fr.)
With Logan Carter out for much of the 2021 season, Braden Cassity stepped up into the starting role and filled his spot. Oklahoma State lacked depth at the position and even moved true freshman offensive lineman Silas Barr out to block on the edge. Carter is gone and Barr is back with the offensive line as the Cowboys look for guys like Austin Jarrard and Quinton Stewart to increase their productivity.

LEFT TACKLE
1. Tyrone Webber (6-3, 285, Jr.)
2. Taylor Miterko (6-6, 295, RJr.)
LEFT GUARD
1. Cole Birmingham (6-5, 315, RJr.)
2. Eli Russ (6-4, 290, RSo.)
CENTER
1. Preston Wilson (6-5, 295, RJr.)
2. Joe Michalski (6-4, 300, RJr.)
RIGHT GUARD
1. Hunter Woodard (6-5, 300, RSr.)
2. Eli Russ (6-4, 290, RSo.)
RIGHT TACKLE
1. Caleb Etienne (6-7, 325, RJr.)
2. Jake Springfield (6-5, 310, RJr.)
Next in Line: Silas Barr (6-5, 285, RFr.); Logan Nobles (6-6, 280, RFr.) Austin Kawecki (6-5, 265, Fr.)##; Davis Dotson (6-6, 290, Fr.)##; Calvin Harvey (6-8, 320, Fr.)##; Jake Henry (6-4, 290, RSo.)**; Darian Jones (6-0, 305, RFr.)**; Hilton Marsh (6-0, 275, RFr.)**
Offensive line is once again one of the most important topics for Oklahoma State heading into spring camp. Not only did the Cowboys lose a pair of starters in left guard Josh Sills and center Danny Godlevske, they also saw a wave of players enter the NCAA Transfer Portal, which put a dent in the depth. Redshirt senior Hunter Woodard is likely the only lineman that has solidified his spot at right guard. The rest of the positions could be up for grabs.

DEFENSIVE END (LEO)
1. Brock Martin (6-3, 245, RSr.)
2. Trace Ford (6-3, 240, RJr.)
OR Collin Oliver (6-2, 235, So.)
DEFENSIVE END
1. Tyler Lacy (6-4, 285, RSr.)
2. Kody Walterscheid (6-6, 280, RJr.)
Next in Line: Tyren Irby (6-3, 240, RSr.); Nathan Latu (6-4, 265, RJr.); Isreal Isuman-Hundley (6-5, 257, RJr.); DeSean Brown (6-3, 250, Fr.); Landon Dean (6-5, 240; Fr.); Jaleel Johnson (6-4, 240, Fr.)##; Ben Kopenski (6-1, 255, RSr.)**; Donnie Wingate (6-3, 225, RFr.); Jake Schultz (6-3, 235, RJr.)**; Ryan Baker (6-3, 235, RSo.)**; Martin Sheard (6-1, 260, RSo.)**; Dillon Metcalf (6-4, 196, RFr.)**; Justin Hines (6-5, 240, RFr.)**
Oklahoma State had one of the top pass rushes in the FBS last season, and returns much of that production for 2022. The Cowboys also get a long-awaited boost from Trace Ford, who was a dominant force for the Pokes, but has not played since November 2020 because of a pair of knee injuries. If Ford is back to his old form, believe it or not, Oklahoma State could be even more disruptive in the backfield this upcoming season.
DEFENSIVE TACKLE
1. Brendon Evers (6-2, 295, RSr.)
2. Xavier Ross (6-4, 290, RJr.)
DEFENSIVE TACKLE
1. Sione Asi (6-1, 310, RSr.)
2. Samuela Tuihalamaka (6-1, 304, RSr.)
Next in Line: Aden Kelley (6-2, 295, RFr.); Collin Clay (6-3, 310, RJr.); Seleti Fevaleaki (6-3, 270, RJr.)##; Solomon Wright (5-10, 296, RFr.)**; Marcus Duckworth (6-1, 300, RSo.)**; Holden Martinson (6-4, 245, RFr.)**; Jed Wagner (6-2, 285, RFr.)**
The interior of Oklahoma State’s defensive line is not as deep as it was in 2021, but the return of super seniors Brendon Evers and Sione Asi is a huge relief. While Xavier Ross and Samuela Tuihalamaka have experience, some new faces will need to step up and contribute this upcoming season. Redshirt freshman Aden Kelley got a full year to develop and could be ready to make an impact along with former Arkansas transfer Collin Clay, who has battled injuries since arriving in Stillwater in the spring of 2020.

LINEBACKER
1. Mason Cobb (6-0, 230, Jr.)
2. Lamont Bishop (6-2, 235, RSr.)
LINEBACKER
1. Xavier Benson (6-2, 224, RJr.)
2. Kamryn Farrar (5-11, 210, RJr.)
Next in Line: Na’Drian Dizadare (6-2, 225, RJr.); Nickolas Martin (6-0, 215, RFr.); Donovan Stephens (6-0, 220, RFr.); Jeff Roberson (6-1, 230, RSo.); Gabe Brown (6-2, 220, Fr.); Elijah Wright (5-9, 237, RSo.)**; Constantino Borrelli (5-11, 220, RSo.)**; Bo Hardy (5-11, 210, RSo.)**, Tyler Berryhill (6-1, 215, RSo.)**; Gordie Geymuller (6-2, 210, RJr.)**
The Cowboys have two major holes to fill in the middle of their defense with Malcolm Rodriguez and Devin Harper now gone. Competition will be fierce this spring with a handful of candidates looking to take over the starting spots. Mason Cobb, Lamont Bishop and Kamryn Farrar have all shown potential. But, the most intriguing linebacker could be Xavier Benson, an NJCAA Division I All-American from Tyler Junior College.

CORNERBACK
1. Korie Black (6-0, 185, Jr.)
2. Demarco Jones (6-0, 185, RJr.)
CORNERBACK
1. Jabbar Muhammad (5-10, 180, Jr.)
2. De’Kelvion Beamon (6-0, 203, RFr.)
Next in Line: Jordan Reagan (6-1, 180, RSo.); Raymond Gay II (5-10, 180, RFr.); Cam Smith (6-2, 180, RFr.); Kale Smith (5-11, 170, RFr.); Dylahn McKinney (6-0, 174, Fr.); Cameron Epps (6-3, 194, Fr.)##; DeSean Buckner (6-0, 205, RSo.)**; Cole Stanley (5-10, 175, RSo.)**
Oklahoma State is also replacing a pair of starters at cornerback, but after showing out in the Fiesta Bowl victory, juniors Korie Black and Jabbar Muhammad are likely the duo on the outside for the Cowboys. The main competition at cornerback should take place for the backup spots with up-and-comers Demarco Jones, De’Kelvion Beamon and others ready to make a move on the depth chart.

SAFETY
1. Thomas Harper (5-11, 180, Sr.)
2. Kanion Williams (6-0, 190, RSr.)
SAFETY
1. Jason Taylor II (6-0, 215, RSr.)
2. Sean Michael Flanagan (6-1, 210, RSr.)
SAFETY
1. Kendal Daniels (6-4, 205, RFr.)
2. Trey Rucker (6-0, 195, Sr.)**
Next in Line: Nick Session (6-0, 190, RSo.); Lyrik Rawls (6-1, 212, RFr.); Ty Williams (6-0, 195, RFr.); David Johnson (6-3, 167, RFr.)**; Parker Robertson (5-11, 180, RFr.)**; Carter Barnard (5-10, 180, RFr.)**; Dylan Davis (6-1, 185, RFr.)**
The backend of the Oklahoma State defense will look a bit different than it has in previous years with Kolby Harvell-Peel, Tanner McCalister and Tre Sterling no longer with the program. Thomas Harper and Jason Taylor II have the most experience among those returning. Redshirt freshman Kendal Daniels ranked as one of the top prospects in the 2021 recruiting class by 247Sports and might get his time to shine this upcoming season.

KICKER
1. Tanner Brown (6-0, 180, Sr.)
2. Alex Hale (6-0, 204, RSr.)
PUNTER
1. Tom Hutton (6-3, 201, Sr.)
2. Tanner Brown (6-0, 180, Sr.)
KICKOFF
1. Tanner Brown (6-0, 180, Sr.)
2. Alex Hale (6-0, 204, RSr.)
LONG SNAPPER
1. Matt Hembrough (6-3, 220, RSr.)
2. Zeke Zaragoza (5-10, 205, RSr.)
HOLDER
1. Tom Hutton (6-3, 201, Sr.)
KICK RETURNER
1. Brennan Presley (5-8, 175, Jr.)
2. Zach Middleton (5-9, 202, RSo.)
PUNT RETURNER
1. Brennan Presley (5-8, 175, Jr.)
2. John Paul Richardson (6-0, 180, So.)
Oklahoma State had one of the best special teams units in the nation last season and return all the main pieces for 2022. Kicker Tanner Brown is back for a super senior season after taking over the starting job midway through 2021. Tom Hutton enters his fourth season as the starting punter, and continues to improve each year. Matt Hembrough, one of the top long snappers in the FBS, returns despite have a strong possibility at making it on an NFL roster. 
As far as the return game, Brennan Presley showed the Cowboys can finally be a threat after averaging over 32 yards per kickoff, bringing one back for a touchdown in Bedlam.
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