The Cowboys are getting a boost to their secondary, with news that former Michigan safety Josh Furman is transferring to OSU for his senior season.
The 6-foot-2, 202-pound Furman plans to graduate in May, which will make him immediately eligible.
How much of a boost? Hard to say.
The Cowboys gained greatly from cornerback Tyler Patmon’s arrival from Kansas in a similar move last season, with Patmon playing a major role and even starting five games. Patmon tied for the team lead with nine pass breakups and provided one of the highlight moments of the season, scooping up a fumble and romping 78 yards for a touchdown in a rout of then-No. 3 Baylor.
Be careful in assuming the same from Furman.
Patmon came to the Cowboys after starting 32 games in three seasons for the Jayhawks, for whom he totaled 142 tackles (11 1/2 for losses), 22 pass breakups and six interceptions.
Furman’s time at Michigan wasn’t as impactful. He appeared in 32 games for the Wolverines, mostly on special teams. He did start three games at safety last season as a junior, yet played in only four games overall. His three-year stat total: 29 total tackles, one pass breakup. He asked for his release and was granted it in January. He announced his intention to join the Cowboys on Twitter.
The Cowboys have a clear need at safety, having lost senior starters Daytawion Lowe and Shamiel Gary. Sophomores Deric Robertson and Jordan Sterns top the depth chart, but neither has played extensively. And depth is a concern.
So the addition of Furman should help on some level. Maybe he just needs a change of scenery. Time will tell. He was a four-star recruit and the No. 19 ranked safety by Scout.com out of Annapolis, Maryland, where he played running back and defensive back before signing with the Wolverines.