July 23, 2007

Key Cowboys: #17 Russell Okung

A huge number of factors go into the success of any football team, but mostly it comes down to players. In this series, we will be examining 25 of them in a reverse-order look at the players most crucial to the success of the 2007 Oklahoma State season.

This is not, however, a list of the best players on the team. Rather, this series takes into consideration the importance of a given position on the team, depth issues, experience and inexperience, and the historic strengths and weaknesses of Mike Gundy's program. The results, therefore, may surprise many readers, and will hopefully spur spirited discussion and debate.

Sophomore offensive tackle Russell Okung is one of three returning starters on the OSU offensive line in 2007. As such, he'll be a leader for that unit despite his young age.

Okung stepped in when Brady Bond went down with an injury and started the final seven games of his true freshman season. Okung hit the ground running and rarely looked like a freshman. True, he did make "freshman mistakes," unfailingly those happened at full speed and with agressiveness.

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