Oklahoma State football: R.W. McQuarters tops list of OSU's best true freshmen

Gina Mizell ranks the Top 5 true freshmen in Oklahoma State history, a list that includes R.W. McQuarters, John Corker and Mike Gundy.
by Gina Mizell Published: August 27, 2012

1. R.W. McQuarters, CB/WR, 1995

A versatile athlete who saw the field on offense, defense and special teams, McQuarters was the best player on the 1995 team. His 645 kick return yards rank sixth in school history.

2. John Corker, LB, 1976

OSU's all-time leading tackler had a sensational rookie campaign, posting 111 tackles and five forced fumbles.

3. Mike Gundy, QB, 1986

The current Cowboy coach has experienced what Wes Lunt is about to — being a true freshman starting quarterback. His 1,525 passing yards is the 19th-best total in school history. He added eight touchdown passes and five interceptions.

4. Shaun Lewis, LB, 2010

A freshman All-American in 2010, Lewis was a turnover machine, recording three interceptions, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. He also tallied 58 tackles.

5. Russell Okung, OL, 2006

The eventual top-10 draft pick started the final eight games of his freshman season, helping the Cowboys' offense to its then-fourth-best scoring season ever.

Honorable mention: Josh Fields, QB, 2001

Fields' entire freshman season is not worthy of making this list. But he is greatly responsible for one of the greatest moments in OSU history — coming off the bench to toss the game-winning touchdown to Rashaun Woods in the final minute to clinch the Cowboys' stunning upset victory over Oklahoma in Norman in 2001.

by Gina Mizell
OSU Sports Reporter
Gina Mizell joined The Oklahoman in August of 2011 as the Oklahoma State beat writer, where she covered the Cowboys' historic run to the Big 12 championship and Fiesta Bowl in her first season on the job. Before arriving in Stillwater, Gina was...
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