Gundy is still pursuing individuals to fill those positions, but he has apparently unlisted one of his former defensive standouts to help fill out some of the vacancies he has with player development and graduate assistant/quality control coaching positions that opened up after the recently completed season with some of the coaches moving on to full-time positions or other opportunities.
Graduate assistants are required to move on after three seasons. Quality control positions are limited in scope and are entry-type positions for coaches. Player development is an area that deals with player's lives off the field and also some with recruiting.
Now former hard-hitting safety and All-Big 12 performer Markelle Martin is going to work in player development, while former player development specialist Beni Tonga moves into quality control on the defensive side of the football.
Tonga has formerly coached at the high school and the junior college level. He has been responsible for bringing in a number of players into the OSU program of Polynesian heritage.
Martin made the announcement via his Facebook and Twitter accounts.
The native of Wichita Falls, Texas and Rider High School played at Oklahoma State from 2008 to 2011, earning All-Big 12 honors in 2011. He was drafted by the Tennessee Titans and missed his first season with an injury and was later released. Martin also signed for a brief period with the Toronto Argonauts of the CFL.
A disciplined player that was a good leader, Martin should make a good addition to the staff that already includes former Cowboys Nate Peterson (safeties GA) and Tolu Moala (player development). My guess is that Martin will be classified as a player development specialist.
Here are the current graduate assistants and quality control coaches:
Nathan Peterson - Graduate Assistant (defense)
Eric Henderson - Graduate Assistant (defense)
Robbie Discher - Graduate Assistant (special teams coordinator and offense)
Michael Tattan - Graduate Assistant (offense)
Beni Tonga - Quality Control (defense)