Mike Scott on OSU’s Versatile, Yet Inexperienced Defensive Line

first_imgSTILLWATER — Mike Scott said it’s understandable that people are worried about OSU’s inexperience on the defensive line this year, but the people in that line think differently.Lacking its starters from 2018, OSU’s defensive front has been put under a microscope entering 2019. There are players in the position group with experience, but no one has a ton of experience at OSU.Scott is in his second season in Stillwater after transferring from Trinity Valley Community College. He was third on the team in sacks last season with three, but he didn’t start a game. Israel Antwine is only a sophomore, but he picked up 11 starts at Colorado last season. OSU also brought in Kyle Junior, a senior who started 15 games across the past two seasons at Bowling Green. Cameron Murray is in his fourth season as a Cowboy, but the redshirt junior has yet to pick up a start.There’s also a lot of youth in the group. Brendon Evers and Brock Martin are just redshirt sophomores. Tyler Lacy is another guy who can factor in. Lacy is a redshirt freshman who didn’t play at all last season.“Everybody’s working extremely hard,” Scott said. “Especially the young guys, even the older guys. We’re working together, coming together, watching extra film together, talking through plays with the young guys, getting everybody ready because truthfully, you don’t know who’s gonna go out there. So for all of us to continue to become tight, a tight-nit brotherhood, especially on the D-line, it’s very beneficial for us.“We’re learning plays faster than I believe we did last year. The freshmen are coming along very fast. I’m even learning plays much better this year. With the help of those guys like Brock, Cam and Evers, those guys help put the glue together.”OSU defensive coordinator Jim Knowles said Scott and Martin are guys who he thinks he’ll be able to move around to confuse opposing offenses. It’s similar to how Jordan Brailford moved around last season, and Scott said he likes it.“I’m not going to lie to you, I dread putting my hand on the ground,” Scott said. “Sometimes when I do, I know I’m gonna get a better sack, but I’d rather stand up than anything. Plus people probably think I’m more versatile as far as NFL teams, but that’s talking in the future. As far as now, I love it. Just get to roam around, be like this fake safety, big linebacker, kinda small D-end, but it’s alright.”Speaking of Brailford, here is what OSU’s leading returning sack getter said he learned from the NFL Draft pick, who wracked up nine sacks in 2018.“I learned how to practice, especially for OSU,” Scott said. “We go hard. Yeah, we go hard every day. We’re not lacking. I also learned how to watch film. That was a big part of my learning curve as a football player. Usually I just go out there and try to make plays. Being here, you’re not gonna be on the field if you just can make plays. You gotta know what your friend’s doing, what the linebackers are doing, what the safeties are doing because I don’t want to get in their path and mess up their money.”Along with Martin and himself, Scott said Lacy is another guy who has the chance to be versatile. Lacy is listed at 6-foot-4, 265 pounds. That makes him lighter than all of the defensive tackles on the Cowboys’ roster, but he’s the second-heaviest defensive end on the roster behind Amadou Fofana.“He’s funny, he loves to play, but he works hard,” Scott said. “He can play whatever position you put him at. He’s strong like Israel and Brendon. He’s a young guy who doesn’t know what type of upside he has.”Scott was quick to throw praise on a lot of the young guys of the group. In particular, Scott picked out Kody Walterscheid, Israel (spelled IsrAEl) Antwine and Isreal (spelled IsrEAl) Isuman-Hundley (that’s going to be difficult for the next three years).“Kody’s a freak of nature,” Scott said. “He don’t understand what he got. I feel like he’s not gonna be at OSU very long just because he’s that type of talent. His brother could’ve went to the league if he wanted to, and I truly believe that, but Kody, yeah. (Antwine and Isuman-Hundley), yeah. Those are freaks. … That’s going to be a scary sight. OSU in the future is going to be beautiful.”OSU coach Mike Gundy is reserving his judgement for the group. He says he wants to see what they’re like when they’re tired and getting hit. Saturday was OSU’s first practice of the fall in shoulder pads.“We need six guys to play as effective as the four did last year, somehow,” Gundy said. “That’s a tough task. The guy that’s playing at Nebraska (Darrion Daniels) was a pretty good player. Brailford was a pretty good player. Jarrell (Owens) was a pretty good player. They’ve got a tall task, but it’s who they are. And we’re coaching them hard every day, and we’ll know a lot more about them in a couple weeks. We’ll certainly know a lot more about them the first of October.” While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img