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Oklahoma State football: How a summer float trip helped bring a group of Cowboys closer together

The vacation’s purpose was mostly an opportunity to unwind as the grind of fall camp neared. But considering the players who attended and their expected roles this season, it meant just a bit more.
by Kyle Fredrickson Published: July 26, 2014

Kevin Peterson wanted to show his teammates, as he put it, “the country life.”

So the Oklahoma State cornerback and a handful of other Cowboy football players made the more than 100-mile drive east this offseason from Stillwater to Wagoner, Peterson’s hometown. What followed was an outdoor adventure highlighted by a float trip.

“We were out there for tons of hours,” wide receiver Jhajuan Seales said.

The group included Peterson, Seales, defensive end Trace Clark, defensive tackle Eric Davis and linebacker Seth Jacobs. It’s tradition on these trips to tackle your friends into the water, Peterson said. But at some point, Davis, Clark and Jacobs tossed the others from the raft entirely.

“And those rafts are almost impossible to flip over,” Peterson laughed. “It was funny.”

The vacation’s purpose was mostly an opportunity to unwind as the grind of fall camp neared. But considering the players who attended and their expected roles this season, it meant just a bit more.

“It’s important having great chemistry,” Seales said. “And knowing who you can count on.”

Seales, a sophomore, and Peterson, a junior, enter 2014 with the most experience of those on the trip. They’ve appeared in a combined 38 games and figure to be the No. 1 options at their respective positions for the first time this season.

Defensive linemen Clark, a junior, and Davis, a sophomore, played sparingly last year. That’s expected to change in 2014 since OSU lost starters Calvin Barnett and Tyler Johnson.

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by Kyle Fredrickson
OSU beat writer
Kyle Fredrickson became the Oklahoma State beat writer for The Oklahoman and NewsOK.com in July 2014. A native Coloradoan, Fredrickson attended Western State College before transferring to Oklahoma State in 2010 and graduating in 2012. Fredrickson...
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