Cowboys Add Pair In Hegwood, Patmon

Monday was the first day of the summer session at Oklahoma State, and the Cowboys added two new players to the football roster. It was no surprise that junior college transfer Colby Hegwood from Pearl River Community College in Mississippi has enrolled, and there were rumors that former Kansas cornerback Tyler Patmon would be enrolling. Patmon is a major addition to help depth at cornerback.

Patmon has graduated from Kansas in business and under the NCAA Graduate Transfer Rule is eligible immediately. He will have one season to play at OSU.

The 5-11, 180-pound Patmon is an All-Big 12 Academic selection that last season started all 12 of Kansas's games and was tied for 10th in the conference with three interceptions. He returned one 54-yards for a touchdown at Northern Illinois. He also posted 58 tackles with four for loss, a sack, and he had eight passes broken up.

As a junior, he started seven games and played in 11 games overall. In high school, he was a first-team All-District selection as both a wide receiver on offense and cornerback on defense at Vista Ridge High School in Round Rock, Texas.

Hegwood is 6-6, 317 pounds and is earmarked to try guard in fall camp during August. Hegwood was a qualifier going to junior college and was missed by recruiters because of a series of ailments that kept him off the field at Northwest Rankin High School in Flowood, Miss.

"Those random injuries that I got, my junior year I had a hemmorhage in my leg and then my senior season I had the emergency appendectomy and after that I just kind of fell behind and didn't get to go out like a normal senior in high school would with recruiting," Hegwood explained.

He was lucky with the appendectomy because while he missed five games of his senior season, the doctor told him if he had waited any longer it would have ruptured and he could have had some major medical issues.

He wasted no time in getting noticed while playing at Pearl River.

"I started our first game against the number one team in the country in East Mississippi, started at right guard," Hegwood said. "I played right off the bat. In my high school we ran a power I with two tight ends, so I did nothing but run block. It was a big change when I got to Pearl and played in Coach Hatten's spread offense and everybody was in a two point stance and doing nothing but pass blocking."

Hegwood and Patmon are two excellent additions for the OSU program. Not only did classes get underway Monday, but so did the summer strength and conditioning workouts under Rob Glass and his staff.

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