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Newcomer alert: Wrapping up how Oklahoma State's first-year players performed in debut season

by Berry Tramel Modified: January 23, 2014 at 5:50 pm •  Published: January 23, 2014

With the 2013 season now a few weeks old, it’s time to dig into some numbers.

Two weeks ago, I looked at the impact the senior class made in their careers. But what about the Cowboys who saw their first game action in 2013?

Here’s a look at how those players fared in their debut seasons:

True freshmen

Marcell Ateman, receiver
Stats: 22 catches, 276 yards
A huge target on the outside who looks poised to become a legitimate playmaker.

Rennie Childs, running back
Stats: 41 carries, 189 yards, one touchdown
Showed flashes of explosiveness, most notably in the Cowboys’ win against TCU.

Ben Grogan, kicker
Stats: 11-of-18 field goals
Struggled in his first season, particularly early on. He famously clanked one kick off the right upright in Morgantown and had two attempts blocked (one returned for a touchdown). He went 4-of-4 (including two 41-yarders) in the Cowboys’ final six regular-season games but missed a 34-yarder in the Cotton Bowl.

Deric Robertson, safety
Stats: Four tackles
Most notably forced into second-half defensive duty at Texas Tech.

Jordan Sterns, safety
Stats: 13 tackles
Another young defensive back who provided depth and played on special teams.

Redshirt freshmen

Eric Davis, defensive tackle
Stats: One tackle
Made the transition from end to tackle in 2013.

Victor Irokansi, defensive end
Stats: None
Primary action came on special teams.

Seth Jacobs, linebacker
Stats: 11 tackles
The former four-star recruit will need to step into a bigger role with three linebackers departing.

Paul Lewis, offensive lineman
Stats: None
One of the rotating pieces at right guard at the beginning of the season.

Eammanuel Ogbah, defensive end
Stats: 20 tackles (5.5 for loss), four sacks, four quarterback hurries, one fumble recovery
Size and speed off the edge made him one of the defense’s top young playmakers; Likely frontrunner to replace Tyler Johnson as a starter in 2014.

Dominic Ramacher, linebacker
Stats: Six tackles
Transitioned from fullback to linebacker and was a contributor on special teams.

Jhajuan Seales, receiver
Stats: 39 catches, 571 yards, three touchdowns
An athletic speedster with great hands and big-play potential; Could be the Cowboys’ No. 1 target in 2014.

Jeremiah Tshimanga, defensive end
Stats: One tackle, one quarterback hurry
Saw first action after coming off a season-ending knee injury suffered in fall camp in 2012; transitioned from linebacker to end and played on special teams.

Zac Veatch, offensive lineman/tight end
Stats: None
Became more involved late in the season, when the Cowboys used more tight end sets.

Michael Wilson, offensive lineman
Stats: None
Began the season as a backup guard, but slipped down the depth chart.

Junior college transfers

Brandon Garrett, offensive lineman
Stats: None
A part-time starter at right tackle; Will be most remembered for gruesomely breaking his leg early in the Cotton Bowl.

Ofa Hautau, defensive tackle
Stats: Eight tackles (two for loss), one sack
Factored heavily into the rotation; Candidate to start in 2014.

Colby Hegwood, offensive lineman
A late addition to the 2013 class who played sparingly in his first season.

Sam Wren, defensive end
Stats: 22 tackles (two for loss), 0.5 sacks, one forced fumble
Rotation player who could be in the mix to start in 2014


Kip Smith, punter
Stats: 39.6 yards per punt, 21 touchbacks on 90 kickoffs
An inconsistent debut, though he helped the Cowboys lead the Big 12 in kickoff coverage (40.8 net average).

Post-graduate transfer

Tyler Patmon, cornerback
Stats: 30 tackles (four for loss), one interception, nine pass breakups, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery
One of the most pleasant surprises of the season, Patmon became a valuable member of the secondary and perhaps delivered the play of the season when he scooped up a Bryce Petty fumble and returned it 78 yards for the touchdown that essentially clinched OSU’s win over Baylor.

Other walk-ons

Derek Branson, fullback
Stats: one blocked kick

Grant Canis, offensive lineman
Stats: None

Daniel Cooley, defensive tackle
Stats: None

Deonte Cruse, defensive lineman
Stats: One tackle

DeShawn Franklin, safety
Stats: None

Kevin King, kicker
Stats: One kickoff, 58 yards

Nate Miller, receiver
Stats: None

Bryant Reber, cornerback
Stats: None

Steve Sumpter, linebacker
Stats: One pass breakup

by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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