OSU football journal: Linebacker Henry takes advantage of opportunity
STILLWATER -- Oklahoma State linebacker Kevin Henry made the most of a big opportunity.
After missing the season opener with an injury, the redshirt senior has slowly worked himself back into the lineup. During Saturday’s 40-21 win at Tulsa, Henry found himself in a key spot in the third quarter when linebacker Malcolm Rodriguez left with a shoulder injury.
Henry filled in and helped the defense get another big stop in its dominant second half.
“I love Kevin Henry,” OSU defensive coordinator Jim Knowles said. “He represents the program. He’s a worker. He’s a guy that has bided his time. We’re going to need him down the stretch run. It was good to see him make plays.”
Henry had a quarterback hurry along with a solo tackle and two assisted tackles. It’s a good sign for a veteran who played in 10 games and started the Liberty Bowl a year ago.
Rodriguez returned midway through the next possession and completed the game. He was moved to linebacker from safety in fall camp with the Cowboys’ linebacker depth being tested due to injuries.
But now the Cowboys appear to slowly regaining depth as Big 12 play opens Saturday at Texas.
OSU on fringe of AP poll
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Oklahoma State couldn't quite crack the Associated Press Top 25 after its 3-0 start in the nonconference portion of the schedule.
The Cowboys made a significant jump to near the top of the list among "others receiving votes," coming in with 51 points, two spots behind No. 25 TCU with 104 points. Before Saturday's win at Tulsa, the Cowboys were eight spots outside the top 25 with just 20 points.
OSU visits Texas at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.
QB commit dominates again
Quarterback commit Shane Illingworth put up some more big numbers Friday night.
He threw for 567 yards and seven touchdowns as Norco High School in the Los Angeles area defeated rival Vista Murrieta 49-28. The passing yards broke a school record and the touchdown passes tied it, marks Illingworth set just three weeks ago.
He was also 24 of 28 on Friday.
Illingworth, 6-foot-6 and 235 pounds, is a four-star recruit and one of the top pro-style quarterbacks in the 2020 class. He committed to OSU in May and has said he intends to graduate high school early so he can enroll early in college.
Friday after his big performance, Illingworth told The Oklahoman he was on track to follow through on early enrollment.
And his commitment to the Cowboys?
"It's the most committed you can be committed," he said. "I'm solid. Solid as can be."
Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football... Read more ›
A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and... Read more ›
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 ›