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August 16, 2012

OSU linemen play the name game

STILLWATER — What’s in a name?

For members of the Oklahoma State football team, there is plenty.

Simply calling a teammate by his first or last name is easy to do. Coming up with a nickname — and one that will stick — is an art.

So for the Cowboys, they have a delegation. A committee.

Enter the offensive line.

Whether they like it or not, teammates find themselves with nicknames bestowed upon them by the nickname committee, made up of offensive linemen.

“We are in charge of naming everybody,” starting center Evan Epstein said. “We have many secret nicknames for all kinds of people.”

Some of the names come because of a player’s demeanor, such as junior offensive lineman Brandon Webb — who the committee nicknamed Teddy Bear.

“He’s just a big, nice teddy bear kind of guy,” Epstein said. “He’s a fierce competitor on the field, but off the field he’s just a big teddy when you know him.”

But typically a nickname is bestowed upon a teammate due to him being a doppelganger.

“We like naming people that look like people,” senior offensive lineman Lane Taylor said. “Like (defensive tackle) Anthony Rogers — Afro Thunder (a video game character in the ‘Ready 2 Rumble Boxing’ series).

“It’s just a fun thing we do. We’re around each other 24/7, so it’s just like having your brothers in your house with you all the time — you’re going to pick on each other a little bit,” Taylor added.

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