A member of the Oklahoma State Cowboys spirit squad celebrates a touchdown against the Texas Longhorns on September 29, 2012 at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Texas defeated Oklahoma State 41-36.
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For the first time ever, Oklahoma State enters the Big 12 media days with targets on their back as the favorite to win the conference.
Half of the conference's schools were made available to the media Monday for questioning, including conference front-runners OSU.
Cowboy head coach Mike Gundy brought along defensive tackle Calvin Barnett, linebacker Shaun Lewis and wide receiver Josh Stewart to field questions heading into the 2013 football season.
Gundy was asked about his team starting the season as the pick to win the conference.
"I think what is says is, Oklahoma State football has come a long way," Gundy said." The players before this group, the players on this team, and the ones in the future."
One current player who enjoys the recognition the Cowboys are receiving is preseason All-Big 12 receiver Stewart.
Stewart, who was named a preseason All-Big 12 wide receiver, enjoys the acknowledgement the Cowboys are receiving.
"Its always good to know people out there are seeing your hard work and that your team is making progress," Stewart said. "So that's a good feeling."
One big question remains unanswered after the Cowboys took the podium, who will begin the season as the teams's signal-caller, Clint Chelf or J.W. Walsh?
"We've got two young mean that we feel very comfortable with," Gundy said. "And they have worked and are extremely dedicated to our program. They are great team players and they'll get equal reps."
Both quarterbacks saw time last season as the starter and showed they could the handle the pressures of the Big 12 football season. Whoever starts this season will have to contend with the pressures of being named the front-runners of the Big 12 conference.
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