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by John Helsley Published: November 27, 2009

by Brandon Chatmon
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Donald Booker’s love for the game of football is clear. The senior linebacker is Oklahoma State’s leading tackler with 80 tackles this season. He stepped into the lineup when Orie Lemon was lost to a torn ACL before the season began.

Yet, when OSU’s kickoff team was struggling, it was Booker who stepped in. The junior college transfer asked special teams coach Joe DeForest to be put on the kickoff coverage unit.

“I wanted to do whatever I can to help the team,” Booker said. “I knew last year I was real good at kickoff (coverage) I knew I could do it.”

Said senior Andre Sexton: “When our kickoff team kept getting gashed he goes up to coach and specifically asks to be put on that unit so he can stop them because it means that much to him.”

And he’s stepped in and made some plays. Booker was a special teams terror a year ago and he’s continued those playmaking ways since he returned to the kick coverage unit two weeks ago.

“I wish he would have (volunteered) nine weeks ago,” OSU coach Mike Gundy joked.

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by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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