STILLWATER — Following another grueling summer workout in early June, Jeremy Seaton suddenly needed to text a special photo to his mom.
The snapshot was of a simple piece of paper. But this piece of paper was a meal voucher that had surprisingly been waiting for Seaton when he returned to the Oklahoma State locker room.
“Well, what does that mean?” Seaton's mom, Cindy, sent in a reply to the photo.
“Guess,” Jeremy answered back.
Cindy concluded that her son would get some free meals over the summer. But the voucher meant way more than that. Jeremy, sophomore fullback, had been put on scholarship.
“I called her and said we're no longer paying for school,” Jeremy said. “It definitely was (a great feeling), because it was mainly coming out of her pocket. She was helping me the most. It meant a lot that I could call her and tell her.”
The reward is validation that Seaton's walk-on-to-scholarship journey — which perhaps can be defined most by transition — has been worth it. First, there was the gigantic adjustment from small-town, Class A high school football at Cashion to Division I, Big 12 football at OSU. And he's endured three position changes, from high school quarterback to college tight end/H-back to legitimate contributor at fullback.
“Jeremy has worked extremely hard and competes on Saturdays,” coach Mike Gundy said. “He is in there with the (first team) a lot and is deserving of a scholarship. That's one of the neatest parts of our job is to be able to tell a young man he is on scholarship now.”
Seaton starred as a bulldozing quarterback at Cashion, where he claims only one of his offensive linemen was bigger than him. But in walking on at OSU, his size was best suited for a tight end/H-back.
So Seaton used his redshirt season in 2011 to learn the proper technique for that position, such as footwork, hand position and lining up in a stance. He says it was more complicated than playing quarterback.
But with the Cowboys continuing to play a wide-open, spread attack that often uses four receivers and no tight ends, Seaton switched positions again the following year, this time to fullback. At that spot in the backfield, Seaton, who now sports a 6-2, 250-pound frame, has quickly embraced using his big body and strength to throw blocks and protect the quarterback.