Athletic defensive tackle who is a proven leader on the team, as his 36 starts are the most of any Cowboy ... Leads the nation in blocked kicks with three ... OSU's interior linemen with 42 tackles in 2014 ... Made one of the most memorable plays of the 2013 season when he forced and recovered a fumble at the goal line in the Cowboys' win over No. 3 Baylor.
Started every game at defensive tackle and leads OSU's interior linemen with 42 tackles, 27 of which were solo stops ... His three blocked kicks lead the nation this season ... Blocked a PAT vs. Missouri State and Texas and a field goal at Baylor, helping OSU lead the nation as a team with six blocked kicks ... Had a season-high seven tackles at Kansas and another six tackles at Oklahoma ... Made a one-handed interception against TCU's Trevone Boykin ... Credited with sacks against Missouri State and West Virginia and a half-sack against Oklahoma ... Fourth on the team with 7.0 tackles for loss, including two against MSU, WVU and OU and one vs. Texas ... Has two pass break ups and three quarterback hurries on the year.
Started every game at defensive tackle ... Finished the season with 33 total tackles and 5.0 tackles for a loss ... Made five tackles in both the West Virginia and Kansas games, four in the Iowa State game and three against Texas Tech and Texas ... Credited with a quarterback sack for a loss of three yards in the season-opener against Mississippi State ... Blocked two kicks in the regular season, including a field goal at West Virginia and a PAT at Iowa State ... His two blocks tie for the fourth-most by one player in a season in school history ... Finished the regular season with one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and one pass breakup.
Recorded 30 tackles ... Finished sixth on the team with 6.5 tackles for loss ... Had an interception that he returned 14 yards against Texas Tech ... Had a season-high nine tackles, broke up a pass, had a quarterback sack and another tackle for loss in his first career road start at Arizona ... Had five tackles against Texas ... Recorded tackles behind the line of scrimmage against Louisiana, Texas, Iowa State, West Virginia and Texas Tech ... Started every game but the season finale, which he missed due to injury.
Played in 11 games and set a season high in tackles in his college debut with three stops against Louisiana ... Had two tackles against Arizona and solo stops vs. Tulsa and Baylor.
Pledged to the Cowboys late in the recruiting process after several months as a Texas Tech commitment ... A two-time all-state selection ... District defensive MVP and also all-district pick as a punter ... Had a double-figure scoring average on the basketball court and left his high school as its all-time leading scorer and rebounder ... A three-time all-district performer on the hardwood... Amarillo Globe-News Athlete of the Year in both football and basketball ... Ranked by SuperPrep as the No. 69 player in Texas while Rivals.com ranked him No. 52 in the Lone Star State ... A first-team member of the Texas Super Team as selected by Texas Football ... Scout.com ranked him as the No. 26 defensive tackle prospect in the country ... Had 62 tackles as a senior with 10 for loss, and caused three fumbles ... Had 81 tackles as a junior with 21 TFLs and also blocked three punts that season ... Also competed in track and field, where he was a district and regional champion and took fourth at state in the shot put.
James Michael Castleman was born Nov. 14, 1992, in Amarillo, Texas ... Son of Kim Castleman ... University studies major.
- Oklahoma State's top NFL Draft-Eligible prospects to watch in 2014: 2. DT James Castleman, Senior...Oklahoma State hasn't had a defensive tackle drafted since Pro Bowler Kevin Williams was the ninth overall selection in the 2003 NFL Draft. But Castleman is looking to change that, lining up mostly at the one-technique spot for the Pokes. He is stout at the point of attack with strong hands to finish tackles, but is too easily slowed at contact, relying on upper body strength over technique to shed blocks.
The most glaring weakness for Castleman based off his junior tape is his propensity to fall off balance, struggling to stay coordinated through contact and constantly ending up on the ground. He is slow footed and late to redirect, but plays comfortable on his feet, which allows him to pursue in space and gives him hope for the next level. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com