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Opening camp: Oklahoma State

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    [​IMG]Schedule: Practice starts today

    What’s new: The offense. Oklahoma State brought in Houston's Dana Holgorsen, who coordinated the best offense in the country last season, to install his version of the Air Raid. Holgorsen was also the co-offensive coordinator at Texas Tech from 2000-07.

    [​IMG]Key battle: For offensive touches. Holgorsen should spread the ball around to all kinds of ballcarriers including running back Kendall Hunter and receivers Hubert Anyiam and Tracy Moore. Plenty of others are in contention, but the guys who make plays after the catch will be hogging the catches.

    New on the scene: Cornerback Brodrick Brown. The sophomore played some as a freshman, including a start in the Cotton Bowl after star corner Perrish Cox was suspended. They'll need him to be reliable on the outside for the defense to succeed.

    Breaking out: Quarterback Brandon Weeden. He'll be counted on to run Holgorsen's Air Raid and distribute the ball to the Cowboys playmakers. He's best known for engineering a dramatic comeback in a Thursday night game against Colorado late last season.

    Don’t forget about: Defensive end Ugo Chinasa. An experienced talent, Chinasa gets somewhat overlooked across the conference with talent on the defensive line like Jared Crick at Nebraska, Jeremy Beal at Oklahoma and Sam Acho at Texas. But Chinasa will be a three-year starter in 2010 with 26 career starts and made both the Lott Trophy and Lombardi Award watch lists in the preseason.

    All eyes on: Running back Kendall Hunter. He's the Cowboys best player but didn't look like it while battling an ankle injury throughout 2009. He bounced back for 94 yards on nine carries in the Cotton Bowl to finish the season on a strong note, but he'll need to regain his All-American from from 2008 when he rushed for 1,555 yards for the Cowboys offense to click.

    Quoting: "I felt like the number of players that we could recruit to fit this system was greater than the system that we had competed with in the years before. If you look at the areas that we recruit in Kansas and Oklahoma and Texas, Louisiana, most of the offenses have a number of wide receivers who can make plays and running backs. There's not as many tight ends. There's not as many fullbacks to recruit.

    So we believe that the success in college football is all about the players you bring in, and there's a greater pool to choose from in this type of offense than what we have played with in the past.." -- Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy on the switch to the Air Raid


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