STILLWATER — Early in the second quarter of Oklahoma State’s 56-6 win over Grambling State on Saturday, quarterback Zac Robinson zipped a pass toward a well-covered receiver in the end zone.
Twisting in mid-air, Dameron Fooks snatched the ball out of the air and got one foot down in the end zone before tumbling out of bounds. The Grambling defender’s body language said it all: Where did this guy come from?
Interestingly enough, that’s exactly what everyone else in Boone Pickens Stadium was thinking as well.
A late addition to OSU’s 2009 recruiting class, Fooks showed signs of becoming another offensive weapon for the Cowboys with his performance against Grambling. The sophomore had four catches for 81 yards and two touchdowns in his fourth game in a Cowboy uniform.
"The throw I made to him, I had never made to him in practice,” Robinson said. "He’d been running with the threes, and I could probably count on one hand how many (times I’ve thrown to him) in a live drill. So it’s just a testament to him (to make the play).”
Fooks, a transfer from Fullerton (Calif.) Community College, displayed great playmaking ability and athleticism as he led OSU in receiving on a day when Dez Bryant sat out the game with an injury.
"He stepped up big time,” Robinson said. "And that’s what we need from the receiver position.”
Fooks’ route to Stillwater was an unusual one. After starring as a quarterback and safety at Anaheim (Calif.) Santa Fe High School, Fooks made the transition to receiver during his only year at Fullerton. He had 20 receptions for 302 yards and five touchdowns but showed enough potential to catch the eye of the Cowboys’ coaching staff.
Offensive coordinator Gunter Brewer heard about Fooks from a friend then watched film and saw something unique in the 6-3, 208-pounder.