Oklahoma State spring game: What we learned


Oklahoma State held its spring game at Boone Pickens Stadium on Saturday with the White defeating the Orange 31-13. Here's what we learned from OSU's spring game on Saturday.

Up and down day for the Cowboys quarterbacks: The Cowboys offense began with a whimper after back-to-back interceptions to start the game. Projected starting quarterback Mason Rudolph, who led the White team, was intercepted by Orange cornerback Ramon Richards on the first possession then White cornerback Kevin Peterson's pick-six of J.W. Walsh, who led the Orange squad, got the defense off and running early. Rudolph and Walsh settled down as the game wore on as each signal caller showed his strengths. Walsh used his quickness and running ability to move the ball while Rudolph tested the secondary with his arm. Rudolph made several nice throws after he settled down, including a touchdown toss to Zac Veatch. Walsh used his legs on a touchdown run once he settled in.

Early enrollee quarterback John Kolar was a pleasant surprise in his first public action in an OSU uniform, making plays with his legs and arm while displaying an uncanny calm that is not often seen in true freshman signal callers during their first collegiate action in front of a crowd.

Don't forget about Walsh: The senior quarterback is resigned to playing a backup role in OSU's attack in 2015 but he could be a significant part of the Cowboys pursuit of a title. With Rudolph locked in as the starter, Walsh showed Saturday he could be a ideal secondary option that will make the Cowboys offense a handful to prepare for this fall. Despite playing in a green, non-contact jersey, Walsh's running ability and quickness was on full display. Big 12 defenses could face a tough task slowing down the combination of Rudolph's passing and Walsh's running this fall.

Emmanuel Ogbah could have help along the defensive line: OSU's standout defensive lineman looked like a potential Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year candidate with his active play, including a sack, on Saturday. But it was the players surrounding him who could be the most pleasant development in the game. Defensive tackle Vincent Taylor was a disruptive force in the middle of the Cowboys defensive front and looks poised to take on a bigger role this fall. With James Castleman moving on, OSU will need players like Taylor to step up and help fill the void while lessening the double team opportunities on Ogbah in the fall.

Rennie Childs could take advantage of his opportunity: Running back is easily the biggest concern for the Cowboys offense. Childs had a chance to carve himself a role in the offense in the spring game with junior college transfer Todd Mays ailing (sprained knee) and ESPN JC50 signee Chris Carson yet to step on campus. Childs responded a 58-yard run followed by a patient and nifty short touchdown run and was the headline runner in the spring game. Childs didn't cement himself as the guy, but he didn't hurt himself either. Mays or Carson will have to take the job away from him as he won't be giving it up without a fight.

The Pokes turnover-forcing tendencies could be returning. OSU built its lone Big 12 title, in 2011, around creating turnovers with its defense. The 2015 version of the Pokes could be the same way if Saturday is any indication. The defense created five turnovers in the game -- their motto is “We're taking it back” -- and looked like it could be one of the conference's better defenses. OSU's defense sets a goal of forcing five turnovers each practice and it reached its lofty goal on Saturday.