7/17/2013 8:53:00 PM Several Pokes on preseason watch lists
Oklahoma State defensive tackle Calvin Barnett (99) has been named to four preseason award watch lists as the college football season approaches in a few weeks. Barnett was one of five Cowboys to be named so far. Above, he assists with a tackle during OSUís game last season against Savannah State at Boone Pickens Stadium.
Journal photo by Kyle Lomenick
By Rick Lomenick Journal Sports Editor
With each passing day, we're getting that much closer to the start of the college football season. Of course there's another good indicator and that is the release of the numerous preseason watch lists from the Football Writers Association of America. And on those lists were the names of five Oklahoma State players.
Leading the way is senior defensive tackle Calvin Barnett who has been placed on four watch lists for defensive players. The latest announcement came Monday when Barnett was added to the Rotary Lombardi Trophy list. The award is limited to a down linemen regardless of which side of the ball they play on.
He was named to three preseason lists last week, which culminated with the Nagurski Trophy. That list was released last Thursday and Barnett wasn't the only Cowboy on it. He was joined by cornerback Justin Gilbert and linebacker Shawn Lewis. More on them later.
Barnett was also listed for consideration to the Outland Trophy and Bednarik Award. He's also been mentioned on a few preseason All-America lists too.
The Tulsa Washington native was a first team All Big 12 player last year as a junior. He was also named the conference's defensive newcomer of the year and will be one of the key components to the revamped defense this season.
As mentioned, Gilbert was also on the Nagurski Trophy list, which is one of two that includes the senior defensive back. Earlier last week, Gilbert was part of the Hornung Award list for the nation's most versatile player. He is also a standout kick returner for the Cowboys. Gilbert owns the OSU record and is tied for the conference record with five career kickoff returns for touchdowns. He is also on a couple of preseason All-America lists for his special teams talents.
Gilbert will enter this season with 26 consecutive starts. As you remember, he was also the defensive most valuable player in the 2012 Fiesta Bowl.
Lewis is the third Nagurski Trophy watch list addition. He too is a key component to the defense. He was a second team all-Big 12 performer last season and took care of business in the classroom as well as an academic all-conference selection.
Daytawion Lowe, another member of the OSU secondary was named to the Jim Thorpe Award watch list.
Last season, Lowe tied for the team lead with 75 tackles and intercepted two passes. During the Heart of Dallas Bowl, Lowe returned a fumble recovery for a touchdown in the blowout win over Purdue. He too has 26 straight starts and leads the team in total tackles since 2011.
This is a pretty good group of players that are worthy of these preseason accolades. It continues to show the direction is program is going. August can't get here soon enough.
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While we're talking about football, we've been enjoying our copy of the new OSU football media guide. It's another great publication by a pretty terrific group of folks in the media relations office.
We enjoy reading the profiles of the players who will have impacts on the team this season. We also get an opportunity to learn a little more about the players as people. The same goes with the new group of coaches on the staff. It also helps prepare us for the upcoming media day in a few weeks. Like in past years, we're sure this year's edition will get plenty of use. We already have a pretty good supply of sticky notes to bookmark certain pages.
Fans can download their own copy of it from the website okstate.com. Now you will know where those big name media personalities get some their information during television broadcasts. Kind of like a trade secret being told isn't it.
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We received an interesting, but informative, e-mail early last week about a new minor student being offered at OSU. A18-hour study in coaching science is now available to all students and is open in any major program of study.
The release says the minor provides "excellent preparation and credentials for coaching." It goes on to say many states require a coaching certification or endorsement in order to coach, and completing the minor should assist OSU grads in getting that first coaching position. The minor includes coursework in athletic training, nutrition, physical education, strength and conditioning, exercise physiology and sport management.
Of course, there's a lot to coaching you can't learn in a classroom setting. A lot of that fall under the "OJT (on the job training)" category, especially the part with dealing with parents and communicating with sports officials. Then you have those who have the inappropriate relationships with players. That in itself gives this profession a huge black-eye and not to mention embarrassment for the school district.
The concept sounds pretty good and we would be interested in seeing how many take advantage of this academic path.