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Oklahoma State Cowboys vs Pitt Panthers 09/17/2016

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Oklahoma State Cowboys vs Pitt Panthers 09/17/2016

Oklahoma State Cowboys vs Pittsburgh Panthers

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Boone-Pickens Stadium/Stillwater, OK

Score:  Oklahoma State (45), Pittsburgh (35)

Notable Prospects Entering the Contest

Oklahoma State Offense

James Washington, WR, Junior:  Washington turned in an off-the-charts statistical performance with 9 receptions for 296 yards and 2 touchdowns. He was able to consistently get behind the Panthers secondary with outstanding speed and burst to propel him down the field. While there were times Washington was simply able to run by defenders and get to the football vertically, he made his share of contested catches as well showing good skills at the catch point. Washington tracks the football well and knows how to adjust his body to position himself to secure the football. He is competitive and has a clear “my ball” mentality when the football is in the air. Washington ran good routes and effectively adjusted his speeds and routes depending on coverages. He was clearly able to separate and provide a weapon to Mason Rudolph at all levels of the field. Washington also offers the ability to pick up yards after the catch with top level burst and decisiveness when getting up the field. Stock:  Up

Mason Rudolph, QB, Junior:  Rudolph was highly productive against Pitt, turning in 26 completions on 46 attempts for 540 yards and 2 touchdowns. Rudolph really likes to work the football down the field and test the defense vertically. Rudolph flashes good touch and arm strength to all levels of the field. He will test man coverage and make window throws against zone. Rudolph has good lower body throwing mechanics, moves well within the pocket and an ideal frame for the position. Where Rudolph failed at times in this contest was with his release point. His balls had a tendency to sail and have too much air under them as a result of a release point that was too high. This lead to some misses vertically and some ball placement issues in quick game when trying to establish a rhythm. It was a good performance and developing consistency with his release will go a long way in improving his accuracy. Stock:  Same

Oklahoma State Defense

Vincent Taylor, DT, Junior:  Taylor played with a hot motor throughout the game and hustled to the football on every down. He is a stout run defender and flashed the ability to play two gaps and work laterally down the LOS. He shows good hand technique to disengage from blockers and plays with good play strength.  Stock:  Same

Pittsburgh Offense

James Conner, RB, Junior:  Conner showed his physical, downhill running skills by aggressively hitting holes, moving piles and challenging tacklers with pad level. He had an impressive catch down the field on a wheel route where he caught the ball over his outside shoulder. His play speed continues to improve in his return from injury and was the focal point of the offense. Stock:  Up

Dorian Johnson, G, Senior:  Johnson has an impressive, athletic build that carries his 6050, 315 pound frame like he is a linebacker. The Panthers offense is predicated on Johnson’s ability to create running lanes as a playside blocker and get out in space to seal at the second level and blast open holes when pulling to which he does with high levels of success. Johnson is a tremendous athlete and has exceptional burst getting off the ball and into space. He is an aggressive blocker with good power but can stand to be a bit more patient when pass blocking. Johnson looks like a day one starter in a zone scheme. Stock:  Up

Adam Bisnowaty, OT, Senior:  I continue to struggle finding NFL traits when studying Bisnowaty. I see a player that looks unnatural in his movements, lacks balance while lacking functional, baseline play strength. He is consistently stood up in holes and struggles to mirror in pass pro. Stock:  Down

Pittsburgh Defense

Ejuan Price, DE, Senior:  Price continues to rack up splash plays despite lacking ideal physical traits to win on the edge. Price wins with consistent, relentless effort and quickness to get into the backfield and pressure the passer and make tackles against the run. There are times he gets by the OT before the OT has a chance to get into his kickslide. The issue for Price is a lack of length and when blockers get their hands on him it’s game over. He is a difficult projection but his impact and effort are undeniable. Stock:  Same

Other Players That Flashed

Jordan Sterns, S, Oklahoma State, Senior:  Sterns had an egregiously passive tackle attempt on James Conner early in the game but was sound otherwise showing good physicality to contribute in run support and flow to the football.

Shakir Soto, DT, Pittsburgh, Senior:  Soto flashes hand technique, play strength and movement skills to contribute along the defensive line and function within the scheme.

Tyrique Jarrett, DT, Pittsburgh, Senior:  Jarrett is a plug or nose tackle that can eat space and hold his ground. He lacks movement skills to work laterally but his power and size could be useful against the run.

Best Players on the Field

James Washington, WR, Oklahoma State

Mason Rudolph, QB, Oklahoma State

Dorian Johnson, G, Pittsburgh

Forgettable Performances

Adam Bisnowaty, OT, Pittsburgh

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Joe Marino

Marino began his career as the Assistant Editor for USA Today Digital Properties Draft Sites Network in 2011. A member of the FWAA, Marino writes about the NFL, College Football and NFL Draft for FanRag Sports.

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