Current Oklahoma State OL Coach Charlie Dickey was known at Kansas State for taking young players, often as young as red-shirt freshmen and turning them into contributors, even starters. It was often you would see a Kansas State senior offensive lineman and his bio would read, three-to-four year starter. Names like B.J. Finney, Dalton Risner, Cody Whitehair, Nick Stringer, and Cornelius Lucas. Finney, who now starts for the Pittsburgh Steelers was a walk-on. Dickey is considered somewhat of an offensive line professor from his days molding together lines for the Wildcats.

The concern comes, in part, when we saw Oklahoma State take in a transfer in Chandler Anthony from North Texas. Sure, the Cowboys lost senior starting offensive tackle Dylan Galloway because of career injuries early in the summer and most recently lose starting guard Bryce Bray and potential starting tackle Jacob Farrell to a violation of team conduct, but picking up an offensive line transfer this late is tough to fathom. Offensive line requires some book learning in the playbook and there is always the need for chemistry in an offensive line. Five players have to work together as one for success.

I bumped into Charlie Dickey the other day and just made the comment, “your ranks have thinned out.”

“We’ll be okay,” Dickey answered. “We’ll have them ready to go.”

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