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Oklahoma State Safety Thabo Mwaniki to Transfer

The sophomore safety is leaving the program

NCAA Football: Baylor at Oklahoma State Rob Ferguson-USA TODAY Sports

Oklahoma State’s defensive backfield depth took a hit on Sunday when sophomore safety Thabo Mwaniki announced on twitter that he is transferring from the program.

In his announcement he wrote:

“First, I would like to thank God for my experience at Oklahoma State University and the ongoing support from my coaches, teammates, and the community of Stillwater. I would also like to thank coach Gundy, and the entire coaching staff with providing me with an opportunity to further my education and play college football. I have decided to request my release and transfer from Oklahoma State University, and continue my academic and athletic career elsewhere. I am greatly appreciative of all the love and support that I have received from the Oklahoma State family. God Bless.”

Mwaniki was a starter in Oklahoma State’s first four games of the season, but was replaced by freshman true freshman Jarrick Bernard in the Cowboys’ game against Kansas. He recorded 17 tackles, including one TFL this season, but didn’t appear in the Cowboys’ last three games.

The safety from Denton Guyer High School in Texas, started two games as a freshman in 2017 where he recorded 22 tackles and an interception, and earned the Russell Okung Award as the Cowboys’ outstanding newcomer.

Mwaniki, who was part of the 2017 class, committed to Oklahoma State over Colorado, Baylor, and Air Force, among others.