OSU football: Levy Adcock's hair says it all

It shows that the Oklahoma State offensive tackle is a country boy who doesn't care much about what other people think. It shows that he's one of the team's biggest characters.
BY GINA MIZELL, Staff Writer, gmizell@opubco.com Published: December 29, 2011

PARADISE VALLEY, Ariz. — Hair tends to reveal a lot about someone's personality.

Take Levy Adcock's scraggly, dark blonde mullet, for example.

It shows that the Oklahoma State offensive tackle is a country boy who doesn't care much about what other people think. It shows he's one of the team's biggest characters. And it shows he is a bit superstitious — he kept growing the hair out as OSU kept having success the past two seasons.

Actually, the hair might not indicate that Adcock hates to run in practice. But he'll tell you that. And his Cowboy teammates. And OSU coach Mike Gundy.

“He lets everybody know how he feels,” OSU center Grant Garner said. “About anything.”

Yet the mane also represents the tough, rugged quality an offensive lineman must possess. That perfectly suits Adcock, who will help lead the No. 3 Cowboys into Monday's Fiesta Bowl against No. 4 Stanford and has become the latest OSU tackle to become an All-American.

“Traditionally, we've always had a pretty good guy (at tackle),” Adcock said. “If I'm the guy that's the pretty good guy, it's a good feeling to have.”

Adcock was always was an athlete. He played running back and quarterback in youth football — until he hit his growth spurt just before high school and was moved to offensive line. To this day, he can throw a football 65 yards and dunk a basketball.

“I hate to give him any props,” Cowboys quarterback Brandon Weeden joked. “But he's pretty athletic.”

Yet Adcock was an unheralded recruit out of Sequoyah High School. He played one season at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M and was a late addition to OSU's 2009 signing class.

His first season as a Cowboy, Adcock spent most of his time on special teams. He even occasionally lined up as the Cowboys' fourth tight end. He had to improve his mechanics as a lineman.

“When I first got here, I needed to learn to play,” he said. “Because I wasn't doing anything right.”

But Adcock got to learn from former OSU tackle and current Seattle Seahawk Russell Okung, who, Adcock said, “knew everything,” during his first season. Becoming a pupil of OSU offensive line coach extraordinaire Joe Wickline was also a huge benefit.

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