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Oklahoma State football: Mike Gundy gives scholarships to three former walk-ons

by Kyle Fredrickson Published: August 9, 2014

STILLWATER – Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy announced Saturday that three players who began summer camp as walk-ons have been given scholarships:

Senior punter Kip Smith, senior fullback Teddy Johnson and junior quarterback Daxx Garman.

“We have a great program here that we’re very proud of,” Gundy said. “I’m going to venture out to guess that we put more walk-ons on scholarship here than anyone else in this league. They’re treated with great respect and they get all the same opportunities that the scholarship players do, with the exception of tuition.”

Smith was the Cowboys’ featured punter and kickoff specialist last season, averaging 40.8 yards per punt and 60 yards per kick.

Johnson was a key special teams contributor who makes the switch from linebacker to fullback in 2014.

Garman has yet to play for the Cowboys since transferring into the program two years ago from Arizona. But Gundy said last week Garman is preparing to take “10-to-12 snaps” in the opener against Florida State Aug. 30.

by Kyle Fredrickson
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...
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