Oklahoma State's football program has a knack for attracting transfers and the coaching staff has done a great job at getting the most from these experienced nomads.
Tyler Patmon was hidden on a bad Kansas team that won six games in his three years in Lawrence. He came right in and contributed for a Cotton Bowl-bound team, helping him earn an NFL contract.
Josh Furman left Michigan to come in at star linebacker for his final year and was a late round pick by the Denver Broncos.
Last year Michael Hunter got to finally play in a bowl game after four straight misses at Indiana. Now he's suiting up for the New York Football Giants.
So who will be the next defensive vagabond to find his way in Stillwater? There's several to chose from. Let's take a look.
One of the biggest question marks for Cowboy defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer is how to cope with key losses in the secondary, specifically at cornerback. Starters Kevin Peterson and Michael Hunter, as well as key-contributor Miketavius Jones have exhausted their eligibility. Here are a couple of transfers that should add depth behind Ashton Lampkin and Ramon Richards.
Lenzy Pipkins - Cornerback
Louisiana Monroe transfer Lenzy Pipkins is listed as Ashton Lampkin's backup in the recently released depth chart. The fifth-year senior tallied 100 tackles in three season with the Warhawks. As a junior last season, he recorded 48 tackles, one tackle for loss, one sack, one QB hurry, two pass breakups, and one forced fumble.
Here's Glenn Spencer on Pipkins from a Newsok article.
"The way he moves, you can just tell he's seen things," Spencer said. "He knows how to get in and out of disguises. When the ball's snapped, he's in position. He's a veteran. Even though he's not a veteran here, he's a veteran."
In Pipkins, the Cowboys have an experienced cover man who adds depth at a position of need.
Malik Kearse - Cornerback
Another incoming cornerback with experience comes by way of Fort Scott Community College. Kearse enrolled early and took part in spring practice, which gives him a leg up.
His experience alone should give him a good shot at the rotation. While Kearse is not listed in the depth chart released by the coaching staff last week, he should be just outside of the two-deep. Besides, we know how quickly an injury can change things. Knocking on wood. He should get plenty of chances to compete on special teams, as well.
Derrick Moncrief- Safety
Derrick Moncrief started off at Mississippi Gulf Coast CC before choosing the Auburn Tigers over Oklahoma State for 2014. Will Muschamp moved Moncrief from safety over to Sam/nickel linebacker in his newly-installed defense.
Looking for more playing time, Moncrief chose to come to Stillwater knowing he would have to sit out for the 2015 season.
Here's safeties coach Dan Hammerschmidt on Moncrief from an article with the Tulsa World.
"You get him on the field and he has safety feet, he has ball skills, he has a feel, an angle," Hammerschmidt said. "It'll be interesting to see what he brings. But he can definitely play at this level."
Now the versatile big hitter is slated behind Tre Flowers in the depth chart but will get plenty of snaps. And at 6 foot 2, 220, the redshirt senior is as big as any Big 12 safety that you'll see this year.
Recently defensive line coach named his potential five-man rotation for the edge during an interview with OSU Athletics following a recent practice.
"It's got to sort itself out. We've got a lot of guys competing right now. Probably five guys stand out right now, between Trey Carter, Jarrell Owens, Jordan Brailford, Cole Walterscheid and Tralund Webber, so it's got to sort itself out. There are some guys to choose from, but we're going to need some guys to step up to help us win on Saturdays."
While the interior of the defensive line may be as deep as its been in recent memory, the end position has two big holes left by Emmanuel Ogbah and Jimmy Bean.
Expect the void to be filled by commitee. Down the stretch of the 2015 season, the Cowboys' defense seemed gassed. Part of that was the loss of Jimmy Bean due to injury and the lack of depth behind he and Ogbah.
Jordan Brailford and Jarrell Owens will get the nod to start in 2016, but another transfer looks poised to crack the rotation.
Tralund Webber - Defensive End
Webber was a three-star prospect from Blinn College who had twelve offers, including Minnesota, Arizona State and Oklahoma. He doesn't appear on the two-deep chart for game one again we've seen a key injury just late last year from that position that made a big difference.
In his last two seasons, Webber tallied 61 tackles, 16 tackles for loss and 9.5 sacks. He was ranked a Top 10 juco defensive end by both 247Sports and ESPN.
DeQuinton Osbourne - Defensive Tackle
As the Baylor mess was unraveling, several Bear commits decided to go elsewhere to avoid the drama. One of those was a 6-foot, 310-pound defensive tackle named DeQuniton Osbourne. "DQ" makes his way from Kilgore Junior College where he was ranked a three-star recruit by 247Sports. In the past two seasons, Osbourne recorded 127 tackles, 30 tackles for loss and 15 sacks.
The redshirt junior should see plenty for playing time in an already deep defensive tackle pool. We know Glenn Spencer likes to keep his guys fresh so expect Osbourne to see the field quite a bit.
Oklahoma State's defense looked like one of the best in the conference at times last year. But down the stretch and after a couple of key injuries, their lack of depth showed. All of these transfers will get a chance to add much-needed depth to Glenn Spencer's squad.