I wrote about fifth-string running back Corey Bennett’s SportsCenter moment during Oklahoma State’s dominating 84-0 victory over Savannah State, which helps capture what simply taking the field meant for the no fewer than 19 walk-ons that played for the Cowboys Saturday night.
Because of the high number of non-scholarship players that got in the game, walk-ons continued to be a popular topic during Monday’s media luncheon.
OSU has had some fantastic recent success with players that originally started as walk-ons. Brandon Weeden. Dan Bailey. Bryant Ward. Colton Chelf. Just to name a few.
And coach Mike Gundy said several of those former walk-ons will soon be honored in the football offices.
Several of the walls in the west end zone of Boone Pickens Stadium are currently covered with “FatHeads” (life-size wall graphics) of Cowboys in the NFL. Gundy said the plan is to reduce the size of those by about 50 percent to make room for photos of former OSU walk-ons–to remind current OSU players that not everybody has their school paid for, and that hard work can eventually pay off.
“It’s surprising how many guys we’ve had that have contributed and done it for free,” Gundy said.