Cowboys Have Room For Unsung Heroes

At one point during Oklahoma State's 53-34 victory over Texas Tech that pushed the Cowboys to 7-1 on the season and 4-1 in the Big 12, I asked OSU assistant equipment coordinators Matt "Chief" Davis and Justin Williams if walk-on punt block hero Derek Branson was a sophomore or a junior. It turns out he's a junior but as Davis said, he's "another product of our fine walk-on program."

There is no kidding there as head coach Mike Gundy and his staff have come up with a bunch of walk-ons that have contributed in big ways for the Cowboys. So much so that in the West End Zone complex there is a "Wall of Fame" for walk-ons.

A large number of those walk-ons that go through all the work, sweat and pain of playing college football while paying for the experience have eventually ended up on scholarship.

Branson is not on scholarship yet, but his block punt and recovery that set up a touchdown in the first quarter of the win at Texas Tech will put him closer to that for sure.

One former walk-on that is on scholarship is former Cashion, Okla., quarterback Jeremy Seaton. Seaton caught his third touchdown pass of his career (the first was in the Heart of Dallas Bowl) and his second this season on the Cowboys first fourth-and-goal of the game in the second quarter.

"Well, the reason I was set up was because of how effective our run game had been," Seaton said. "The safeties had been biting up on it because we run the ball so well and the feeling was that I could slip back there and I did. Then I had to make a play."

It was a huge play because if the Cowboys don't score and the game plays out similarly to the way it did otherwise then there is a good chance that Texas Tech leads at halftime.

The ball was thrown up where the 6-2, 250-pound Seaton had a lot of time to think about making the catch. "Yeah, I just tried not to think about," Seaton added. "I didn't think about fourth down, I just thought about catching it and scoring."

Seaton isn't as concerned about the touchdowns he scores as he is the ones he blocks for while in the game. That is the sign of a self-less contributor and the attitude that a blocking fullback should have.

"That is something we are trying to do," Seaton said of the every down effort in the run game. "We are trying to have a three-headed monster with Desmond (Roland), Rennie (Childs), and Jeremy (Smith). Me and Kye (Staley) are just switching out or in there together and just trying to get things open for the run."

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