The ones that got away: A look at Oklahomans playing D-I football outside of the state

Plenty of Oklahoma-produced high school athletes in recent years have left the state to play college football. Here's a few of the top state players starring elsewhere in Division I football this season.
by Ryan Aber Published: October 20, 2013
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Plenty of Oklahoma-produced high school athletes in recent years have left the state to play college football. Here's a few of the top state players starring elsewhere in Division I football this season:

Eric Bennett

Keon Hatcher

Jarrett Lake

Robert Thomas, Arkansas

All four have had a big impact for the Razorbacks. Owasso's Hatcher has more than 400 all-purpose yards, including 125 receiving yards and a touchdown. Lake, a linebacker from Jenks, and Bennett, a safety from Tulsa Washington, are among the team's leading tacklers. Thomas, a defensive tackle from Muskogee, had 3.5 sacks and 31 tackles before suffering a season-ending leg injury earlier this month.

Isaac Bennett, Pittsburgh

The junior from Tulsa Washington ran for a career-high 240 yards and three touchdowns in Saturday's win over Old Dominion. For the season, Bennett has 450 yards and five touchdowns on the ground.

Kentrell Brothers, Missouri

The redshirt sophomore from Guthrie has been a big part of Missouri's emergence as an SEC contender, earning SEC Defensive Player of the Week honors last week after the Tigers' 41-26 upset of then-No. 7 Georgia. Brothers has 29 tackles, three interceptions and three pass breakups for undefeated Missouri.

Timothy Flanders, Sam Houston State

The Midwest City product became the Southland Conference's all-time leading rusher last month and recently topped the 5,000-yard mark for his career. Flanders originally signed with Kansas State but after redshirting in 2009, transferred to Sam Houston State and immediately made a splash, rushing for 948 yards as a freshman.

Adrian McDonald, Houston

The Lawton Ike product, a sophomore, has started all six games and is one of the Cougars leading tacklers with 46. He also has an interception and a fumble recovery. McDonald has some Oklahoma company on the team, including Broken Arrow's Rowdy Harper, who starts at left guard.

Clayton Mitchem, New Mexico

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by Ryan Aber
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Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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