Pair Of Possible Walk-ons Watch Practice

Between now and the summer there will be all kinds of news on possible walk-on additions to the Oklahoma State Cowboys football team. One possible future Cowboy for next fall was eyeballing practice Wednesday as Tahlequah Sequoyah standout Niko Hammer and his dad make the trip to Stillwater to watch practice.

Hammer earned Tulsa World Player of the Week honors in early October for a huge special teams performance in a 52-9 win over Keys. Hammer, who is 5-10, 180 pounds, returned two kickoffs for touchdowns, scored another touchdown in the game and had an interception and seven tackles.

A wide receiver and defensive back, Hammer finished the season with eight kickoff returns for 311 yards and the two touchdowns with a 38.9-yard average. He also returned 10 punts for 91 yards. On the season, he scored 13 touchdowns for Tahlequah Sequoyah.

There is also news that NEO two-year starting defensive tackle Deonte Cruse wants to walk on at Oklahoma State. Cruse who helped the Norsmen to a conference regular season title and 51 sacks by the defense a season ago was offered scholarships by Grambling and Middle Tennessee State, but wants to play at a high level Division I school.

The native of Murfreesboro, Tenn., had 70 tackles at NEO as a freshman with two sacks and a fumble recovery. Cruse is 6-2, 295 pounds.


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