Kyle Fredrickson
Sports OSU beat writer
Kyle Fredrickson became the Oklahoma State beat writer for The Oklahoman and in July 2014. A native Coloradoan, Fredrickson attended Western State College before transferring to Oklahoma State in 2010 and graduating in 2012. Fredrickson was an editor-in-chief, sports editor and senior sports reporter of The Daily O'Collegian and interned for The Tulsa World, The Oklahoman and The Dallas Morning News before joining The Oklahoman staff in December 2013 as a breaking news reporter.

  • Oklahoma State football: Running backs group highlighted by intriguing but untested newcomers

    By Kyle Fredrickson | Published: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    Oklahoma State enters the season without its top two producers at tailback — Desmond Roland and Tyreek Hill — from a season ago. That has Cowboy fans wondering who will carry the rushing load next season.

  • Former Oklahoma State wrestler Yojiro Uetake Obata lives in Japan, but his heart lies in Stillwater

    By Kyle Fredrickson | Published: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    Obata — who went 58-0 in three seasons as a Cowboy — will be inducted into the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame on Monday.

  • Oklahoma State football: Cowboys receive verbal commitment from 2016 running back La'Darren Brown

    Kyle Fredrickson | Updated: Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    Oklahoma State added a second running back to its 2016 recruiting class Monday when La'Darren Brown — a 5-foot-10, 175-pound speedster from DeSoto High School (Texas) — verbally committed to the Cowboys.  Blessed & proud to say I'm a cowboy I have officially committed to the University of Oklahoma St @coacharroyoosu — Ldee Brown ✌️ (@LdeeBrown1) July 27, 2015 // Brown missed the majority of his junior season last year with a dislocated elbow, but has gained plenty of recruiting traction throughout summer with impressive combine performances. Brown clocked a 4.43-second 40-yard dash at an Alabama football camp,

  • Report: 2016 Oklahoma State football verbal commit Tyrell Alexander reopens recruitment

    Kyle Fredrickson | Updated: Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    2016 Oklahoma State verbal commit Tyrell Alexander — a 6-foot-2, 170-pound athlete from Lancaster High School (Texas) — has reopened his recruitment, according to Alex King of 2016 Lancaster, TX WR, Tyrell Alexander (@T_Real07) tells me he's decommitted from #OKState and re-opened his recruitment. @WEBOrecruiting1 — Alex King (@AKing_TFB) July 25, 2015 Alexander, an ESPN-rated four-star prospect, pledged to OSU back in April during the Cowboys' spring game. He's received double-digit scholarship offers from programs like Arkansas, Baylor, TCU, West Virginia and others. OSU now has 10 players verbally commited to its 2016 class: RB

  • October court date set for Oklahoma State lawsuit against former offensive line coach Joe Wickline

    Kyle Fredrickson | Updated: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    STILLWATER — Oklahoma State's lawsuit against its former offensive line coach Joe Wickline for breach of contract is one step closer to trial, as a pre-trial conference has been scheduled for 9 a.m. on Oct. 23 in Payne Count District Court, according to online court records. Wickline, hired by Texas in 2014 after nine seasons as a Cowboy assistant, contends he received a promotion with play-calling duties for the Longhorns and did not violate the terms of his contract. OSU Athletic Director Mike Holder argued in a March letter to Wickline that Texas assistant coach Shawn Watson was the Longhorns' true offensive coordinator who called plays, and therefore, Wickline owes OSU the remainder of his previous contract

  • Oklahoma State football: Mix of young returning starters and key transfer raise optimism on offensive line

    BY KYLE FREDRICKSON | Published: Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    As the Sept. 3 season-opening kickoff between Oklahoma State and Central Michigan nears, The Oklahoman will take a closer look at where each Cowboy position group stands entering fall camp. First up, offensive line.

  • Report: 2016 Oklahoma State signee Vaimoe Sekona expected to enroll at junior college

    Kyle Fredrickson | Updated: Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    2016 Oklahoma State signee Vaiome Sekona — an offensive lineman from Crespi High School (Encino, Calif.) — will not play for the Cowboys next season and will instead enroll at Tyler Junior College (Texas), according to Sekona, who pledged to OSU in late October, is listed in the OSU fall media guide but failed to meet NCAA qualifying numbers. The Cowboys now have 17 offensive linemen on their roster. Sekona — 6-foot-4 and 285 pounds — played offensive and defensive line at Crespi. He was a Rivals-rated three-star prospect with nine scholarship offers, including UCLA, USC, Texas Tech and others.

  • Super 30: Jenks’ Dillon Stoner appears next in long line of local products turned Cowboy slot receivers

    By Kyle Fredrickson | Published: Wed, Jul 22, 2015

    Stoner — who stands 6-feet and 175 pounds — received double-digit scholarship offers from programs like Texas Tech, Arkansas and Washington State. But the Cowboys stood out for a number of reasons.

  • Oklahoma State football: Highlights from Mike Gundy's SportsCenter appearance

    Kyle Fredrickson | Updated: Wed, Jul 22, 2015

    Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy joined a number fellow Big 12 coaches on Wednesday as guests on ESPN's SportsCenter. Gundy chatted with Linda Cohn about a variety of topics. Here are the highlights. Gundy on quarterback Mason Rudolph: "He's had a really good summer and worked hard in the spring. He's only played in three games, but he was big in those games. So, a lot of people are saying great things about Mason. He's been a good leader and he's showed some signs of toughness, but he's developed in the classroom and that part of the quarterback position." Gundy on why OSU should to be considered among the contenders for a Big 12 title this season: "We played 21 freshmen or redshirt freshmen last season and those

  • Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy opens up about decision to burn Mason Rudolph's redshirt, Daxx Garman's departure and more on ESPN podcast

    Kyle Fredrickson | Updated: Wed, Jul 22, 2015

    Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy spent Wednesday afternoon in Bristol, Conn., for ESPN's Car Wash media tour. Gundy sat down with senior ESPN college football writer Ivan Maisel for a nine-minute podcast to discuss the decision to burn freshman quarterback Mason Rudolph's redshirt, the departure of junior quarterback Daxx Garman, and more. You can listen to the full podcast here. Below is the transcript from the interview. Q: At the end of last season ... it was almost like you had a come-to-Jesus moment with the university and there was a lot of questions about whether you were coming back — and it worked out, and you stayed. How close did you come to not being there? A: "Not close at all.

  • OSU football: Cowboy defense poised for rebound season behind experienced core

    BY KYLE FREDRICKSON | Published: Tue, Jul 21, 2015

    All that optimism just one season removed from ranking No. 93 nationally in total defense. But much of that confidence stems from the 2014 struggle.

  • Oklahoma State football: Projected starting defensive tackle Vili Leveni posts on Facebook he will miss 2015 season following surgery

    Kyle Fredrickson | Updated: Tue, Jul 21, 2015

    Oklahoma State sophomore defensive tackle Vili Leveni appears to be out for the 2015 season following surgery, according to a post on his Facebook page. Just saw this on OSU DL Vili Leveni's Facebook. Known this guy since HS, he'll be back stronger than ever. — Brendon Morris (@brendon_wm) July 21, 2015 // Leveni was projected as a potential starter this season following the departure of seniors James Castleman and Ofa Hautau. However, a hand injury kept Leveni almost entirely out of spring practice. The Cowboys move ahead with two other prime candidates at defensive tackle in Vincent Taylor and Motekiai Maile.

  • Big 12: Q&A with Kansas State safety and former Tulsa Washington standout Dante Barnett

    BY KYLE FREDRICKSON | Updated: Tue, Jul 21, 2015

    Barnett, a former prep football star at Tulsa Washington, has started every game for the Wildcats over the past two years and returns as the team’s top tackler with 176 career stops. He received second-team All-Big 12 honors from league coaches following the 2014 season.

  • The Non-Fiction Writers podcast: Live from Day One at Big 12 Media Days in Dallas

    Jason Kersey,Ryan Aber,Kyle Fredrickson | Updated: Mon, Jul 20, 2015

    Welcome to the home of "The Non-Fiction Writers,"'s college football podcast from Jason Kersey and Ryan Aber. The podcast's name is a nod to legendary former OU football coach Barry Switzer, who has famously referred to reporters as "fiction writers." You can click on the link below to listen and download the podcast to your computer, or you can subscribe on iTunes by clicking here. The Non-Fiction Writers: 07/20/2015 -- From the Dallas Omni Hotel, Ryan Aber, Jason Kersey and Kyle Fredrickson discuss Big 12 Media Days, Bob Bowlsby's press conference and the 2015 Sooners and Cowboys.

  • Big 12: A look at the Big 12 heading into Media Days in Dallas

    By Jenni Carlson, Kyle Fredrickson and Jason Kersey | Published: Sun, Jul 19, 2015

    The Big 12 has made plenty of headlines over the past few months. Should the conference have a title game in football? Should it add any more schools? Should it maintain the status quo? Even though those questions will continue to be asked, we can now ask something else. Are you ready for some football? Monday marks the unofficial beginning to the football season with Big 12 Media Days in Dallas. For two days, players and coaches will try to offer answers about their teams. What are the strengths? What are the weaknesses? How will they fare? Before they take a stab at those questions, allow us to try with our Big 12 primer.

  • SUPER 30: Justice Hill's versatility will pay off for Hornets

    BY KYLE FREDRICKSON   | Published: Sun, Jul 19, 2015

    TULSA — Tulsa Washington was down 3-0 at halftime against Midwest City in Week 1 last season, and its star running back suffered a dislocated shoulder. But Justice Hill would not be denied. “He was determined because he knew how important that game was,” Tulsa Washington coach Marvin Dantzler recalled. “He wasn’t going to sit back until he knew that game was in hand. So he goes out after halftime and scores our only offensive touchdown of the game to break it open for us.

  • Big 12: Kyle Fredrickson's Big 12 superlatives

    BY KYLE FREDRICKSON   | Published: Sun, Jul 19, 2015

    OSU beat writer Kyle Fredrickson presents his 2015 preseason picks for Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year and Newcomer of the Year:  OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR Trevone Boykin, TCU Boykin can thank his meteoric rise last season to a spread offense with speedy weapons in every direction. Now, he enters Year 2 as an improved dual-threat passer as the Vegas-odds favorite to win the Heisman Trophy. DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR Emmanuel Ogbah, Oklahoma State Ogbah stunned the college football world when he terrorized Florida State quarterback Jameis

  • Big 12: Kyle Fredrickson's Big 12 bold predictions

    BY KYLE FREDRICKSON   | Published: Sun, Jul 19, 2015

    OSU beat writer Kyle Fredrickson gives his three bold predictions for the 2015 Big 12 football season:  1. Despite not having a league championship game, the Big 12 breaks into the College Football Playoff after TCU runs the table behind its Heisman finalist quarterback Trevone Boykin. 2. Mike Gundy wins his first ever back-to-back Bedlam games as head coach — this time in convincing fashion — when the Cowboys and Sooners meet in Stillwater on Nov. 28. 3. There will be no head coaching changes across the Big 12 following the 2015 season. Don’t think that’s bold? It would be just the second time in conference history over the past 15 years.

  • Big 12: Kyle Fredrickson's Big 12 rankings

    Kyle Fredrickson | Published: Sun, Jul 19, 2015

    OSU beat writer Kyle Fredrickson presents his 2015 preseason Big 12 poll ballot:  1. TCU: The Horned Frogs needed just four years in the Big 12 to reach the pinnacle, and traditional league powers should take notice. Top recruits in the Fort Worth region don’t need to go far to contend for league title. 2. Baylor: There are always growing pains associated with breaking in a new starting quarterback, but Seth Russell has flashed reason for Baylor fans to be optimistic. The Bears will continue to be among the most feared teams in the conference. 3. Oklahoma State: All aboard the Mason Rudolph hype train as the Cowboys enter 2015 with a young but

  • The Return: Bob Stoops' decision, Tyreek Hill and the play that changed it all

    BY KYLE FREDRICKSON | Updated: Fri, Jul 17, 2015

    OU was on its way to another Bedlam win against OSU. But one play changed the momentum of each program in an instant.