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3-2-1 kickoff: Counting down to Oklahoma State vs. McNeese State

Here’s a look at some keys to keep an eye on Oklahoma State hosts McNeese State at 6 p.m. Saturday.

3 players to watch

Dru Brown: A transfer from Hawaii who lost out in the quarterback battle to Spencer Sanders, look for Brown to get a lot of playing time. It’ll be a chance to finally show OSU fans what he can do.

Trace Ford: The freshman defensive end from Edmond Santa Fe had fans buzzing this week after his strong debut last week. At 6 feet 3 and 227 pounds, he’s a force already drawing comparisons of Jordan Brailford.

Patrick McKaufman: The former Douglass quarterback turned wide receiver did not record a catch last week, but having a nice game would be a big boost for a player who has essentially not played since 2016 due to redshirting and tearing his ACL.

2 big questions

Will the defense take steps forward? OSU did not have a force turnover last week, and coming off a season with just 13 all year that’s something that needs to be corrected. There is no better time than against an FCS program finding its way offensively in Sterlin Gilbert’s spread attack.

Will Tom Hutton get to show off his leg? OSU fans hope to not really see the 29-year-old punter make his home debut too early in the game. Last week, he punted for the first time in the third quarter, but he also didn’t appear to really boom a kick. If he punts in this one, perhaps he’ll get a chance to show off his leg strength.

1 wild prediction

Oklahoma State will have 700 yards of total offense. Last week, OSU posted 555 yards of offense at Oregon State against a struggling defense. With all of the weapons OSU can deploy — Spencer Sanders, Chuba Hubbard, Tylan Wallace, etc. — against an over-matched McNeese State, the yards could pile up early and continue to balloon from there.

Jacob Unruh, Staff writer

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<strong>Quarterback Dru Brown (6) will likely see his first meaningful action in an Oklahoma State uniform Saturday against McNeese State. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]</strong>

Quarterback Dru Brown (6) will likely see his first meaningful action in an Oklahoma State uniform Saturday against McNeese State. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]

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Jacob Unruh

Jacob Unruh is a graduate of Northeastern State University. He was born in Cherokee and raised near Vera where he attended Caney Valley High School.During his tenure at NSU, Unruh wrote for The Northeastern (NSU's student newspaper), the... Read more ›

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