Spring Football Notebook

Quarterback Clint Chelf is not the only Oklahoma State player in graduate school this spring. Chelf was admitted into the MBA program in the Spears School of Business on the Oklahoma State campus last December. Offensive guard Parker Graham, that's right offensive guard, is also enrolled in graduate school and working on a master's degree in administration.

"That's my mom in me. She instilled in me that I get everything accomplished here that I could," said Graham. "I'm now in graduate school, and I've been fortunate enough to do a lot while I've been here.

"With the internship I have now, I've made a lot of connections and had a lot of experience with people in the business world and working with a big Division I program like ours."

Graham is working at offensive guard this spring to allow the Cowboys to best put their five top offensive linemen on the field as Daniel Koenig and Devin Davis are the tackles. Graham seemed to be the best fit to slide inside, at least looking at it now as offensive line coach and certified guru Joe Wickline will do.

Graham is working on being a three-year starter and he sees an offensive line that will live up to Oklahoma State's high standards.

"I've been on three (different lines) so far and I see no drop-off this next year," said the Webb City, Mo., senior. "Once we get our chemistry down, which will happen this spring, then we'll be back to the same line that we've been during all the time I've been here."

Smith Not a Big Fan of New NFL Rule
Jeremy Smith, who rushed for 371 yards and eight touchdowns last season and has totaled 1,439 yards and 25 touchdowns in his career, is set to take over as the flagship back in the Oklahoma State offense.

Smith is know as a power runner who will get his pad level down to deal with a defender or defenders. As usual, Smith has already been physical this spring even before pads came on.

"Regardless, it is always a physical game even without pads," said the Tulsa Union product. "You can't play football without being physical. You still have to go out there and work hard."

We asked Smith what he thought about the new rule the NFL owners passed last week that will penalize a runner three yards downfield or outside the tackle box for lowering his helmet and leading with the crown of the helmet when making contact with a defender.

"I really don't think that rule is going to stay for long," said Smith, who almost always takes his pad level down for contact including the helmet. "It is just too natural for a running back to do that, and once they see everybody is going to continue to do it then they will change it."

Smith looks at the habit running backs have of lowering the body, head, and obviously helmet, as a way of protecting themselves.

"That is just taking blows you don't need to take," explained Smith if you stay upright. "I don't care about that rule."

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