A backup safety at Michigan where he had started a few games and played as a reserve and on special teams, Furman (number 14 in the photo above) was looking for something better. Cowboys defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer was looking for a mature player at the Cowboys' hybrid "star" linebacker.
"When I came here for the Orange Blitz game (in the spring) and I saw the star position and how they played it, I knew I could be successful with it," Furman said on Tuesday during his first interview as a Cowboy having been a first-year player in the program this fall. "I played like outside linebacker and safety in high school and when I got to see it in person and the schemes they did I knew I was going to thrive in it."
Furman had a little of a rough beginning this summer as he came in having grown up in Maryland and then playing college ball at Michigan. He walked into an Oklahoma summer and Cowboys strength and conditioning mentor Rob Glass' summer program.
"It was a huge transition. I thought it was a really huge transition," Furman said with a big expression on his face. "When I went outside I thought it was something in the Oklahoma air. It was hot and I couldn't breathe, and Coach Glass, I knew by the end of the summer he was going to have me ready. By the end of the summer I really thought that I was in the best shape of my life."
Furman said he knew what was going to happen at Michigan. As it turned out Michigan was not bowl eligible and head coach Brady Hoke was fired. Furman had a tough skid with his teammates here but it turned out okay, better than okay with the Bedlam win making the Cowboys bowl eligible.
"It was big for the team and myself because I didn't get to play much in the Bedlam win," Furman said. "I knew we were going to give it our all and I knew that was going to give me a chance to get healthy and play in one more game."
Furman gained some credit for Big 12 Newcomer of the Year on defense. He had six sacks to rank in the top six in that category and he had 58 total tackles with 44 unassisted. He also had 12 tackles for loss and one interception that sealed the win at Kansas. Just like with Patmon a year ago, Oklahoma State and Furman have been really good for each other.