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Spring Football: OSU's offensive line is back and could be even better

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The Cowboys had one of the Big 12's most effective offensive units last season, and there's reason to believe it could be better in 2024. Let's continue our look at Oklahoma State's position groups with the big boys at the helm.

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They're all back

Oklahoma State returns seven offensive linemen who started multiple games last season and didn't lose a single letterman at the helm. Sounds like a damn good selling point for a returning Ollie Gordon. And his return, along with the other returning OSU Skill players, made it a little easier for the Pokes linemen to start the run.

Here they are with their launches just last year:

Joe Michalski (14)
Dalton Cooper (13)
Preston Wilson (12)
Jake Springfield (11)
Cole Birmingham (10)
Jason Brooks (7)
Taylor Miterko (3)

Having all of those starts back is also a blessing for returning QB Alan Bowman, whose uniform remained clean for most of last year. OSU ranked second in the Big 12 in sacks allowed and ranked eighth nationally with just 13 sacks (only seven of which came from Bowman, who took over at the start of Big 12 play). With 0.93 sacks allowed per game, the Cowboys are tied with Georgia for seventh place.

Also returning are the following linemen with playing experience who will get a chance at more this fall: Noah McKinney, Austin Kawecki, Jack Endean, Davis Dotson and Jakobe Sanders.

Who's new?

In addition to all the returning talent, experience and cohesion, the Cowboys added a power-five tackle with years of starting experience. Arizona State transfer Isaia Glass is on campus this spring vying for a role in this deep and talented OL pool.

Glass is no stranger to OSU. He would have traveled with the Sun Devils to meet in Stillwater last year. In 2022, he started against the Cowboys. Glass started three games for ASU last season after starting all 12 games in 2022. He saw the field as a freshman in six games in 2021 in a reserve role.

“He’s got a lot of starts,” Gundy said of Glass earlier this week. “He has a lot of experience. He is mature. He has good physical abilities. He is strong and moves well on his feet. We were able to see him on video at his conference, which gives us an idea of ​​what we think we can expect to see. And we've competed against him, so we have a pretty good feel for what he's going to bring. …

“Hopefully we have seven players who could play in the first game and we wouldn't bat an eyelid – maybe eight, I'm not sure. “We'll see. Then, as you know, these guys start dropping like flies and by the end of the year there are only five left. Hopefully it won’t be like that, but that’s history.”

Number that counts: 23.56

OSU's spring media guide lists the Cowboys' offensive line as “probably” the most experienced in all of college football. It's hard to predict things like this so early. You know, the portal and everything. But the Cowboys are very experienced. This group of returning starters, which does not include Glass, has a combined 284 career games and 200 career starts. Six super seniors and one redshirt senior. Their average age will be 23.56 when the Cowboys open their season on August 31 against South Dakota State.

OL outlook

The Cowboys' offense was humming, especially toward the end of last season. With all the big men returning to make overall playmaking easier for Gordon, Bowman and the receivers, the Pokes should be ready to hit the ground running this fall. As Gundy alluded to, health is always an issue, but the Cowboys are in better shape at the top than they have been in a long time.

Spring OL depth chart prediction

The rotations in this group could change, and the coaches will look to take advantage of their depth by adding new blockers. However, this is a semi-educated guess as to what the depth chart might look like in Week 1.

(First team)

LT – Cooper
LG – Brooks
C – Michalski
RG-Wilson
RT-Springfield

(Second team)

LT – Harvey
LG – Birmingham
C – Kaweci
RG – Miterko
RT – Glass