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High Noon Highlights (9/7): Cunningham could win Player of the Year

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Cunningham had POY hopes:

Pokes Report about College Basketball expert’s Andy Katz’s picks for the best players of the year for 2020-2021. Rounding out Katz’s list was Oklahoma State Freshman Cade Cunningham.

If there is a reason Jared Butler won’t win Big 12 Player of the Year, it’s because of Cade Cunningham. Cunningham is the highest-rated freshman coming into the 2020-21 season and he bypassed the G League developmental program to come play for Oklahoma State. Be sure to keep an eye on Cunningham and Cowboys this year, as he is expected to put up a lot of points in a competitive Big 12.-NCAA, Andy Katz {Pokes Reports}

Williams and Bernard-Converse are one of the best corner back duos in college football:

Pro Football Focus created a top-10 list of the best outside CB duos in college football. On that list coming in at No.9 is Rodarious Williams and Jarrick Bernard-Converse.

Williams was a reliable starter on the outside for the Cowboys in the three years prior to 2020, but so far this year, he’s been more than reliable, putting the clamps on every single receiver he has faced. Williams has been targeted on seven of his 72 coverage snaps on the outside this year and hasn’t allowed a single yard. For reference, that is 25 coverage snaps more than any other outside corner in college football who has yet to allow a yard this year. On top of that, he forced an incompletion on five of his seven targets. This has paved the way for Williams to record an 86.4 coverage grade when lined up outside, the second-best in the country.

After manning the slot his first two seasons at Oklahoma State, Bernard-Converse kicked outside to start opposite Williams, and he has been just as stingy in coverage. He has logged 65 coverage snaps at the alignment and allowed just 11 yards in coverage with not a single first down. Bernard-Converse has yet to make a play on the ball in 2020, but I’d take his play over a corner with a couple of pass breakups and explosive plays allowed any day. {PFF}

Cowgirls set for home match with TCU:

The Cowgirls will look to keep up their winning ways as they take on TCU at Neal Patterson Stadium on Friday.

• The Cowgirls are coming off a championship season in 2019 as they went 16-3-3 overall and claimed the Big 12 Conference regular season title with a 7-1-1 league mark. OSU advanced to the second round of the NCAA Women’s Soccer Championship and finished ranked as high as No. 13 nationally.

• The Cowgirls return 16 letterwinners from 2019, including eight players who started at least 10 games.

• The 2020 season is the 25th in program history; over the first 24, OSU posted a 289-164-54 (.623) record. Head coach Colin Carmichael entered his 16th season at the helm in 2020 with a 206-84-41 mark. {okstate.com}

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