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2021 position preview: Offensive line

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Members of the Cowboy offensive line stretch during practice. 

Offensive lineman Josh Sills, a graduate transfer, announced his return to Oklahoma State nine days after the end of the 2020 season.

His caption on his Instagram post announcing his return was simple:

“Unfinished business,” the caption read.

Sills took advantage of the free COVID-19 eligibility, choosing to play one more collegiate football season. His return boosts a Cowboys offensive line that lost two of their starters from 2020.

Center Ry Schneider and tackle Teven Jenkins decided to take the professional route, and not take the NCAA’s free year. Jenkins was drafted to the Chicago Bears in the second round of the NFL draft.

The Cowboys however, have the bodies up front this upcoming season they didn’t have at this point in the 2020 offseason. Due to injuries throughout the past season, the Cowboys young lineman, like Jake Springfield and Preston Wilson, earned experience up front during this time. 

“Unfortunately, what we went through last year, we started the season with a group of five and by the time we were in the sixth or seventh game, we never got back to that group of five until maybe the eighth game,” coach Mike Gundy said. “So, it’s good for them to work together and get used to communicating."

The Cowboys also return Hunter Anthony, who can play both guard and tackle, and Cole Birmingham. Both started OSU’s first game last season before season ending injuries.

Offensive line coach Charlie Dickey brought in center transfer Danny Godlevske, who has experience starting, something the Cowboys lack with the depature of Schneider.

“(Godlevske) has a terrific attitude, work-ethic, mental approach, didn’t miss a snap, didn’t miss anything in practice," Gundy said. "I pushed those guys really hard in the spring. He made that transition, not only mentally — which is not easy — but he also did it physically.”

The Cowboys offensive line is in a much better place in the summer of 2021 then it was in the summer of 2020 because of those injuries it suffered through last season, which gave a lot of players valuable experience.

“I’m excited about them coming together as a group and I’m really excited they stayed healthy in the spring and it gives them a chance to get stronger, develop more and stay healthy and play well in the fall,” Gundy said.

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