A numbers game
Senior safety Kolby Harvell-Peel wore a practice jersey with an unfamiliar when speaking to the media Tuesday. The orange Nike jersey with a white No. 2 on it belonged to a teammate.
“One of my points of emphasis in the offseason was man coverage,” Harvell-Peel said. “Tanner McCalister is really good at man coverage. I thought if I steal his jersey maybe I could channel some of his energy moving forward.”
Harvell-Peel was not sure what jersey McCalister, a senior safety, wore while practicing.
Harvell-Peel has combined the unorthodox strategy with the tried-and-true method of hard work to improve his man coverage skills
“I feel great,” Harvell-Peel said. “I think, in combination with the jersey, just working on it in the offseason. We got so many good receivers on our offensive side of the boat and we go against everyday just playing man and practice I feel like it's paid dividends.”
No blue turf blues
Oklahoma State plays Boise State in Idaho for the first time on Saturday. The road trip gives the Cowboys an up-close look at playing on the Broncos blue turf field.
Harvell-Peel said he has wondered what it is like to play on the turf and is grateful the team is getting there a little early to check it out.
Coach Mike Gundy said he does not expect the color of the field to impact his teams play. His players agree.
“We got a job to do so, hopefully it's not too much of a distraction,” Harvell-Peel said. “I don't think it will be.”
Only two games have been played, but junior defensive end Tyler Lacy has seen enough. Freshman defensive end Collin Oliver is playing well in an important role.
“He really came up from high school and really like did as well,” Lacy said. “With the outing of Trace Ford, I mean it sucks that we lost him, but Collin Oliver is doing a good job of stepping up and replacing him.”
Ford, a junior defensive end and projected star of the Cowboy defense, tore right ACL days before the OSU season opener.
Oliver, like Ford played at Edmond Sante Fe high school. Oliver enrolled early in the spring of 2021 and has impressed in the upperclassman’s absence.