“Couldn't be more excited for Josh Furman,” coach Mike Gundy said. “He has worked extremely hard and last season finished among the top sack leaders in the Big 12. Furman has come a long way in a year with the OSU family.”
After graduating from Michigan as a two-year letter winner, Furman had one year of eligibility remaining and elected to play his final collegiate season at Oklahoma State.
In his lone season as a Cowboy, Furman ended the year as OSU’s fourth leading tackler with 64 tackles and 50 solo stops. He ranked second on the team with seven sacks and 14 tackles for loss, which rank among the Big 12 leaders in those statistics as well.
Furman, who played in every game last season and started all but one, had perhaps his best game against Iowa State as he recorded 10 tackles and two sacks. Another highlight came when he made a late interception and returned it 35 yards to seal a Cowboy victory at Kansas.
At OSU’s annual Pro Day in March, Furman turned in four marks that would have ranked in the top five among safeties at the 2015 NFL Combine. His 40-time (4.47) would have been fourth, his vertical (38 in.) would have been third, his broad jump (124 in.) would have been fifth and his 60-yard shuttle time (11.40) would have been fourth.
Furman is the second fifth-year transfer in as many years to play at Oklahoma State and find immediate opportunity in the NFL, as cornerback Tyler Patmon made a name for himself with the Dallas Cowboys last year after excelling at OSU during the 2013 season.Quotes from Josh Furman
On his position: “I pretty much like seeing myself as a safety. I played linebacker a bit [in college], but it was kind like a hybrid role. When I was going through draft stuff, I wanted to deal with specifically safety."
On leaving Michigan to go to Oklahoma State: “I just felt like it was an opportunity. I didn’t play as much [at Michigan] as I wanted to. When my fifth year was coming up, I had the option to come back to Michigan or go somewhere else, but I didn’t plan on going to Oklahoma State. I was just searching for teams and I visited Oklahoma State. I fell in love with the academics and football and coaches, so I felt that it was a better opportunity to have one good, strong year.”
On when he started thinking the NFL was a realistic goal: “I always felt in my own mind that I had the talent and the abilities to play in the NFL. Sometimes I didn’t feel like I had enough opportunities, so when I left Michigan, I had to find a school that I had a good chance [to make an impression] on the field, and I felt like Oklahoma State was [that school]. Even though I was playing a hybrid role, I still felt like I had a great season.”
On if he has had time to let it sink in that he is joining the Broncos defense: “It hasn’t sunk in yet, but I watch a lot of football — college football and NFL — so I know about [players like S T.J. Ward]. It will be interesting and a good experience just to be around guys who have been in the league and making plays just learning from [Ward].”