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Oklahoma State Cowboys vs W. Virginia Mountaineers 10/29/2016

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Oklahoma State Cowboys vs W. Virginia Mountaineers 10/29/2016

Oklahoma State Cowboys vs West Virginia Mountaineers

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Boone-Pickens Stadium/Stillwater, OK

Score: Oklahoma State (37), West Virginia  (20)

Notable Prospects Entering the Contest

West Virginia Offense

Russell Shell, RB, Senior:  Shell started strong but went down in the first half with a lower body injury that forced him to miss the rest of the game. Shell was running physically, behind his pads and braking tackles. Tacklers were bouncing off him as he fought through contact to maximize yards. Stock:  Same

Shelton Gibson, WR, Junior:  Gibson was under-utilized in this contest and showed impressive skills when he did get his chances. On his 19 yard TD catch, Gibson ran a perfectly timed stop and go route where he should good burst to catch up to a ball that I initially thought would be incomplete early in the down. Gibson extended his arms away from his body and dragged his feet to secure the TD catch. Gibson did have a drop in which he failed to haul in the ball before making his move to create yards after the catch. Stock:  Same

Tyler Orlosky, C, Senior:  Orlosky is a functional college blocker who works angles and technique to seal off his man and achieve body positioning. He isn’t overly powerful or mobile but holds his own and executes his assignments. Stock:  Same

Adam Pankey, OT, Senior:  Pankey struggles to slide his feet and mirror pass rushers leading to over-extension, lunging and bending at the waste. I need to watch him more closely on a snap by snap basis across multiple games but this wasn’t a great first impression. Stock:  Down

West Virginia Defense

Antonio Crawford, CB, Senior:  Crawford was injured in the second quarter and missed the remainder of the game. The play he was injured on was a slant where Crawford allowed inside leverage resulting in a completion and first down. Stock:  Not enough reps to comment

Oklahoma State Offense

Mason Rudolph, QB, Junior:  This was one of the best games I have seen Rudolph play. West Virginia’s coverage concepts were designed to take away the deep ball and forced Rudolph to work zones. Rudolph responded well by working his progressions, identifying leverage and delivering and accurate football. Rudolph also found one-on-one matchups and tested them with well-placed balls. Rudolph arm strength is very impressive which allows him to test tight windows. He displayed good pocket manipulation skills, avoiding rushers and keeping his eyes downfield. He even ran for a TD. Rudolph was efficient and made plays. Stock:  Up

James Washington, WR, Junior:  The Mountaineers gave Washington a lot of attention but he was still able to haul in 6 receptions for 111 yards. Washington won in the intermediate area by winning off the line with good footwork in his release to create quick separation. He showed good ball skills and body control to win on a back shoulder rep and good hands working the middle of the field. He did drop one pass but was otherwise excellent. Stock:  Same

Oklahoma State Defense

Vincent Taylor, DT, Junior:  Taylor had an impressive outing where he made several splash plays as he racked up up 6 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks and deflected a pass at the line of scrimmage. Taylor demonstrated good quickness and hand technique as he found himself consistently in the Mountaineers backfield, disrupting plays. On his sack, it was an impressive job of breaking down in space and not only making a sack but forcing a fumble that lead to the Cowboys taking a 13-10 lead. Taylor was the best defensive player for either team on the field. Stock:  Up

Other Players that Flashed

Chad Whitener, LB, Junior:  Whitener had an active day sniffing out and eliminating plays as he racked up 13 tackles and a sack. While he doesn’t have ideal athletic ability, Whitener processed quickly and was all over the field playing physical and aggressive.

Blake Jarwin, TE, Senior:  Jarwin has receiving upside but is seldom used but when he does, he flashes. He showed great hands and body control on his only catch which went for 23 yards and a first down.

Noble Nwachukwu, DL, Senior:  Nwachukwu played well in the contest and was very active as he complied 7 tackles including 1 for loss. He flashed good hand technique and utilized his length.

Best Players on the Field

Mason Rudolph, QB, Oklahoma State

James Washington, WR, Oklahoma State

Vincent Taylor, DT, Oklahoma State

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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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