As the Oklahoma State Cowboys gear up to take a run at the Big 12 conference title in 2013, they will need to rely on plamakers to step up in big ways during the big games. There are plenty of candidates to be playmakers on offense as the Pokes prepare to have one of the highest-scoring offenses in the conference again next season. The defense, however, will need to step up their game and linebacker Lyndell Johnson could be the man to get it done.
During his sophomore season, Johnson stepped up and made plays. In just nine games, he recorded 28 tackles, including 6.5 tackles for loss and a pair of sacks. Despite the limited playing time, he made a serious impact with turnovers, posting a pair of interceptions and a fumble recovery in 2012. As he continues to grow into the Oklahoma State defense, he should find himself in a position to make even more of an impact in 2013.
Having a playmaker step up on defense will go a long way in improving Oklahoma State’s chances of making a run at a conference title. Last Season, Mike Gundy watched his defense give up over 28 points per game as they finished just 5-4 in Big 12 play. Forcing more turnovers in 2013 will help the defense keep points off the board and give the high-octane OSU offense more opportunities to break open the game.
Johnson will have to prove that he can handle the increased workload of becoming a prominent piece of the defensive gameplan. If he can, look for the Cowboys to use turnovers to win the Big 12 in 2013.