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Oklahoma State Safety Tre Sterling to Miss Remainder of 2021 Season

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Despite Oklahoma State hanging on for a win on the road against Boise State, it wasn’t all good news after the game.

Safety Tre Sterling didn’t play against the Broncos, and after the game, head coach head coach Mike Gundy said Sterling would miss the rest of the 2021 season due to injury.

Sterling played in the Cowboys’ first two games this season, but was forced to sit out the first half against Tulsa last weekend because of a targeting call in the second half of the opener. Through his six quarters played this season, Sterling had eight total tackles with one tackle for loss.


Sterling has become one of the top safeties in the Big 12 Conference the last two years, as he earned honorable mention All-Big 12 twice. He had made 21 starts the past three seasons and he has played in 37 of the past 38 games for the Oklahoma State Cowboys.

Sterling was third on the team last season with 74 total tackles last season and ranked first with 12 tackles for loss. He could have tested the NFL Draft waters after his junior season, but announced shortly after the 2020 campaign ended that he would return to Oklahoma State for the 2021 season.

Sterling was ranked as a three-star recruit coming out of Sunnyvale, Texas, according to 247Sports, in the 2017 class. He ranked as the No. 84 safety in the class and committed to Oklahoma State over additional offers from Arkansas State, Army, Colorado State, Navy and Texas State.

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