After weeks of hard work, it's time. We have voted four Cowboys as the best in their respective categories (defensive, offensive, senior, freshman). Now, we will take each winner from these categories and find out which one is the best. Here's a quick look at each nominee.
Nash averaged 17.2 points, 5.7 rebounds and two assists in about 31.7 minutes per game this year. Everything about his game was better in 2014-15 than it was in 2013-14 except for his field goal percentage, which took a dive, but that was expected as Nash had to take a lot of the workload after the departure of Brown and Smart last year. Nash scored more than 500 points for the first time in his college career.
This one doesn't and shouldn't come as a surprise. Ogbah exploded onto the screen while picking up 11 sacks in his sophomore campaign after only having four in his freshman year. While picking up a team high number in sacks, he also picked up the Big 12 defensive lineman of the year, the first Cowboy to do so. Ogbah was top 25 in the nation in tackles for loss per game and sacks per game. During the offseason Ogbah has been predicted as a first round pick, something Cowboy fans haven't seen in a few years. He is also a major reason for the predictions of a much stronger defense in 2015.
The baseball team was almost the exact opposite of the football team coming into the season with high expectations after a stellar year. Chappell stepped in early when short stop Donnie Walton had to sit out for multiple weeks due to a broken wrist and played very well. The freshman from Guthrie, Oklahoma, started in 55 of the 58 games the Cowboys played, averaging .250 at the plate with 21 RBI and scoring 33 runs himself. His on base percentage was a solid .400 and was 100 percent when stealing bases (six attempts, six stolen). Although his fielding percentage was low at .919 while picking up a team high 15 errors, Chappell had the second most assists on the defensive end on the team with 123. Chappell was named to the Big 12 All-Freshman team.
There's so much we could say about Michael Freeman, who was named the Big 12 Pitcher of The Year this year. Freeman didn't have the best junior year, throwing in 10 games with one start and posting a 6.28 ERA. This year was a complete turnaround. Freeman went 10-3 with 97 strike outs and a 1.31 ERA, nearly five whole points better. The senior from Guthrie was among the few pitchers in college baseball who pitched over 100 innings and had 10 wins. Freeman was drafted by the Houston Astros the draft
The Cowboy football team had a rough year, until freshman quarterback Mason Rudolph was finally allowed to play with three games left. Rudolph impressed in his first start while throwing just over 280 yards, picking up two touchdowns and two interceptions along the way. Although the Cowboys lost, there seemed to be a glimmer of hope on the sidelines, something fans hadn't seen the team beat Texas Tech. Rudolph then went on to being one of the few people to help lead Oklahoma State past the hated Sooners, clinching a bowl birth for a team who lost five games in a row at one point. Rudolph finished the year with 853 passing yards, six touchdowns and four interceptions in three games and is a big reason the Cowboys are expected to compete in the upcoming season. Rudolph certainly didn't play here all year, but without him the program would have a lot more clouds surrounding it right now than there already is. Rudolph came in and went 2-1, keeping the Cowboy bowl streak alive. He deserves to be in this voting almost as much as some of the others.
The voting will go on throughout the week and end on July 12, 2015. Get to voting!