"The reason I bring that up is I was told because I don't look at it, but he tweeted 'bowl eligible for the first time.' I mentioned that to the team how excited and thankful he was to be in a bowl game."
That player is senior cornerback Tyler Patmon, who transferred to OSU from Kansas where he had been a two-year starter and was really one of the best defensive players for the Jayhawks. He graduated from KU and through the NCAA graduate transfer rule was able to move a few hours south. The idea was to play for a team with a chance for success.
"It's exciting just to be able to go to a bowl game and go through the whole process," Patmon said. "It's been a true blessing to come to Oklahoma State.
"Playing against Missouri again will be a great experience. I know some of those guys and played against them as a freshman, and I'm just excited about playing them in the game and in that big stadium."
Honestly, Patmon is a major reason that Oklahoma State is going bowling, certainly going bowling at 10-2 and heading to a sweet destination like AT&T Cowboys Stadium and the 78th annual Cotton Bowl Classic against Missouri. He was a very useful player all season long with 28 tackles, an interception, eight pass break ups, and a fumble caused.
"I've said it many times, what would we have done without him?" OSU defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer said of Patmon. "We gave him the Top Newcomer of the Year Award (Russell Okung Award) on defense and that was like next, there wasn't any discussion. He was hands down it. That was a great job of recruiting on him, right?"
"He's been great for us," Gundy added. "We've used him as a rotating corner and he's been in nickel packages. Against Baylor, when (Justin) Gilbert was hurt, we used him some as a safety when we were using corners across the board in the secondary. He has been a major factor in our success this season."
"Being the guy that I am, I am always going to be ready to go in when the coaches think I should," said the Round Rock, Texas native. "Coach Spencer trusted me to play me in tough situations and I'm grateful for the opportunity."
One thing he had not done until Thursday was do an interview with the media. He was interviewed a lot at KU but with Gundy's rule preventing first-year players from visiting with the media he was uncertain if he would ever be in front of the cameras and microphone again.
"I didn't think so because Coach Gundy likes the way we do things around here and I wasn't sure," Patmon said of whether he would ever do an interview with the media as a Cowboy. "I was ready just in case but I couldn't complain because I got to go right home after practice and games. It's not a bad thing."
Now that we've found that Patmon is a good talker, has an interesting story, and a couple of weeks to talk to the media, he'll probably get more questions. He'll be fine because he'll be talking on his first college bowl trip.