Daytawion Lowe excited to be back on the field

A shoulder injury suffered during summer workouts prevented Daytawion Lowe from playing last season for Oklahoma State. But Lowe is back now and is “ready to go hit somebody.”
By Brandon Chatmon, Staff Writer, bchatmon@opubco.com Published: March 22, 2011

Lowe brings added versatility to the OSU secondary. At 6-foot, 188 pounds, Lowe brings size along with good athleticism and underrated speed. He won state titles in the 100-meter dash (10.65) and 200-meter dash (22.17) as a senior at Carl Albert.

“I expect him to compete for a starting job,” Gundy said. “We rotate those safeties in and I'm sure Johnny (Thomas) and Markelle (Martin) would like for him to cut their reps down.”

After one of the most difficult years of his life watching the Pokes from the sidelines, Lowe doesn't care where he lines up in the secondary.

“I don't even know how to put it into words; I'm going hard,” Lowe said of his excitement to return to the field. “I'll play anywhere; I just want to make plays.”

Most of all, he wants to join Thomas and Martin as players who set a physical tone for the Pokes defense from their safety position.

“I'm ready to go hit somebody,” Lowe said. “I haven't hit anybody in a year; it's about that time.”


IN SAFE HANDS

Here's a closer look at Oklahoma State's safeties:

Number, Name, Ht, Wt, Class, Hometown

* 10, Markelle Martin, 6-1, 192, Sr., Wichita Fall, Texas

One of the Big 12's top safeties, Martin will be one of the leaders of the defense.

* 12, Johnny Thomas, 5-11, 196, Sr., Texas City, Texas

One of the most pleasant surprises of 2010, Thomas could be even better as a senior.

* 8, Daytawion Lowe, 6-0, 188, So., Midwest City

Slated to be the Cowboys' starting nickelback after missing the 2010 season.

* 2, Lavocheya Cooper, 6-0, 187, So., Arp, Texas

Very talented, this spring will be an opportunity for Cooper to secure a spot in the rotation.

* 23, Zack Craig, 6-2, 188, So., Spring Branch, Texas

Solid contributor on special teams as a true freshman. Another versatile safety prospect.

* 28, Deion Imade, 5-11, 191, So., Rowlett, Texas

Imade impressed as soon as he stepped on campus as a true freshman.

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