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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

The Spiro grad has started four games at quarterback for the Lobos, rushing for 134 yards and two touchdowns and passing for 276 yards. Mitchem came to New Mexico after throwing for 2,435 yards and 27 touchdowns at NEO.

David Oku, Arkansas State

After playing two seasons at Tennessee, Oku re-emerged at Arkansas State to rush for 1,061 yards and 16 touchdowns. The Carl Albert product has rushed for 435 yards and five touchdowns and has 110 receiving yards for the Red Wolves as a senior this season.

Turner Petersen, Rice

After playing quarterback at Heritage Hall, Petersen transitioned to running back after signing with Rice. The senior is the Owls' second-leading receiver with 207 yards and two touchdowns on 14 catches. He's also one of Rice's leading rushers with 242 yards on 53 carries.

Tre Porter, Texas Tech

The Red Raiders senior starting free safety, from Carl Albert, has already surpassed his tackle totals from last season, racking up 35 for undefeated Texas Tech. Porter had five tackles — all solo — in Saturday's win over West Virginia. In the win over TCU last month, Porter had nine solo tackles.

Tyler Tettleton

Beau Blankenship

Donte' Foster, Ohio

The Bobcats' starting quarterback, leading rusher and leading receiver all come from Oklahoma. Tettleton and Blankenship starred together at Norman North while Foster played at Guthrie. Blankenship started his career at Iowa State before transferring, while Foster played basketball at Seminole State as a freshman before deciding to pursue football at Ohio. Tettleton has thrown for 1,723 yards and 14 touchdowns, Blankenship has run for 378 yards and four scores and Foster has 596 yards and three touchdowns receiving.

Dante Barnett

Tyler Lockett

Tramaine Thompson, Kansas State

Lockett, from Tulsa Washington, and Thompson, of Jenks, are two of the top returners in the Big 12. Thompson returned a kick for a touchdown earlier this season and has 185 yards and a touchdown receiving. Lockett has 475 receiving yards and a touchdown and averages more than 22 yards per kick return. Barnett, the Wildcats' starting free safety, has 33 tackles and an interception.

by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
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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