No. 4 Oklahoma State: 'They’re Obviously Explosive'
They’ve gotten more multiple on defense over the years; the quarterbacks and the offenses in the Big 12 are too good for anyone to do only one thing. They used to be a strictly four-man front, two safeties. Now they’re moving to a three-man front. Most teams have a weakness somewhere on the defensive line. They really don’t. They do some stunting, and they add some blitzes that give you trouble at times, but nothing too complicated. The key is, they play hard. It’s a tough conference, and there are so many great offenses, but they’re one of the tougher defenses to play against and prepare for. The safety, Za’Carrius Green, looks like a guy who can give teams trouble. And [corner turned safety] Ramon Richards is probably one of their better players.
With [6' 5", 235-pound senior] quarterback Mason Rudolph, they’re obviously explosive, with really good receivers. Last year Rudolph threw for more than 4,000 yards, with 28 TDs and only four picks. They started running the ball better toward the end of the year. They weren’t great on the ground the past couple of seasons, but they’ve gotten better and that’s going to make them more dangerous. The receiver, [6' 1", 205-pound senior] James Washington—he’s tough to handle. He stands out.