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Oklahoma State Hit Hard By Transfer Portal

NCAA Football: Oklahoma State at Texas

In the span of a week, Mike Gundy and Oklahoma State have had five players enter the transfer portal. Redshirt sophomore tight end Jelani Woods, the most recent departee,  announced on Monday he would forego the teams’ bowl game against Miami and look to play elsewhere.

Freshman offensive lineman Trent Pullen, sophomore quarterback Shaun Taylor, senior running back Micah Cooper and sophomore linebacker Carson Kropp also entered the portal this week. All except Pullen were walk-ons.

The one that stings out of those four is Pullen, who would have seen an increased role in the future with all the o-line departures. Luckily, OSU secured the commitments of two offensive linemen by way of the portal and JUCO, as well as one on signing day. Grad transfer Danny Godlevske transferred to Oklahoma State from Miami (OH) and will join the team next season, while 6-foot-9 tackle Caleb Etienne committed after playing at Butler Community College in El Dorado, Kansas. 

 

Of the recent losses via transfer portal, Woods is the one that hurts the Cowboys the most. The 6-foot-7 “Cowboy back” was OSU’s top tight end/fullback hybrid for pretty much his whole college career. Though criminally underutilized, Woods’ big body and ability to move like a tight end made him a lethal blocker in the run game.

It makes sense that Woods would choose to leave after being neglected for three seasons. He only totaled eight catches this season as the teams’ starting tight end even though he towered over all defenders. The Cowboys coaching staff never catered to his strengths, instead opting to use him the same as every tight end on the roster; a quicker lineman who occasionally ran routes. It leaves me wondering what could’ve been, as well as excited to see what he can do in an actual offense.

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