Cowboys Football Notebook

It hasn't formally been announced but a pair of former walk-ons -- wide receiver John Goodlett and fullback Jeremy Seaton -- have been awarded scholarships by Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy.

Seaton is from Cashion High School where he was a three-sport star that statistically was one of the best quarterbacks in Oklahoma high school football his senior season in 2010.

He passed for more than 1,800 yards and ran for another 1,800 yards and was responsible for 40 touchdowns. Last season he played in all 13 games and his season highlight was a 16-yard touchdown catch in the Heart of Dallas Bowl against Purdue.

Seaton said he actually learned he'd been put on scholarship in an unusual way.

"It was June 1 and I was working out, and as I was walking out they told me, 'hey, you have vouchers (for summer meals at supporting restaurants),' and that's how I found out," said Seaton with a grin on his face.

That left us wondering whether Seaton thought it was a touchdown catch in the bowl or all of that blocking for Joseph Randle and Jeremy Smith or pass protection that earned the scholarship.

"I'm not really sure. I'd like to think it is the work that I put in," said Seaton still grinning. "It definitely helped. I'm really excited for this season and I trained really hard for it over the summer. I'm in a really good position to possibly go out and make a lot of plays."

Gundy spoke positively about Seaton. The Cowboys head coach has always said awarding a scholarship to a deserving walk-on is one of the most rewarding experiences for a head coach.

"We've had a number of walk-ons here who have earned scholarships, and some have even gone on to play in the NFL," explained Gundy. "Jeremy has worked extremely hard and competes on Saturdays. He is in there with the ones a lot and is deserving of a scholarship. That's one of the neatest parts of our job is to be able to tell a young man he is on scholarship now."

Goodlett is originally out of Owasso and went to Northeastern Oklahoma A&M J.C. as a freshman, earning all-conference honors before going to Indiana State as a sophomore where he played in 10 games and caught 11 passes. He then transferred to Oklahoma State and after a redshirt season he caught five passes last season for 81 yards and two touchdowns (Savannah State and Texas).

Levini and Robinson Behind After Funeral
Freshmen Vili Levini and Jesse Robinson are both behind schedule, and were going through their helmet, jersey and shorts workout on Sunday instead of in shoulder pads like their teammates. That's because they missed practice Friday and therefore can't put on the shoulder pads until Monday.

The two freshmen from L.D. Bell High School in Hurst, Texas were at the funerals for Texas A&M defensive lineman Polo Manukainiu and Utah offensive lineman Gaius Vaenuku. The two young men were killed in an automobile accident near Cuba, N.M., while returning last week from a trip to Utah.

Both Manukainiu and Vaenuku attended Euless Trinity High School, the rival school for L.D. Bell, and all of those players, especially those of Samoan and/or Tongan heritage are close. The victims were expelled from the car as control was lost and it rolled over multiple times. It is a terribly sad story that has a had a huge impact in the community of Hurst-Euless-Bedford in the Metroplex.

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