Big 12 Media Days: Adopting One Player

Each day of the Big 12 Media Days we thought it would be fun to check out the players that each school brought with them to Dallas and then decide which player from each team based on talent, based on need on the depth chart, and based on personality and how they might fit in the Oklahoma State locker room would make it fun if the Cowboys could adopt one.

Of course, we know you can't adopt players in college, or can you? The graduate transfer rule is sort of a late adoption of a player.

Anyway, it's just a fun, goofy thing to do, so here goes with day two. It had to be a player that was present in Dallas.

With Oklahoma State, where you could not adopt one of your own players as they are all yours to begin with, our guess is that Emmanuel Ogbah would have topped the list of Cowboys that other schools would love to adopt.

Baylor was up first on the day and based on the news that had just come out on Facebook that Oklahoma State defensive tackle Vili Leveni had suffered a serious lower leg injury that required surgery and was going to keep him out for the upcoming season you would think you would want to adopt defensive tackle Andrew Billings from Baylor.

He is a preseason All-Big 12 caliber player and at 6-2, 300 a very stout body size for the interior of the defensive line. He had 37 tackles and two sacks last season and that is great production. However, I could not resist the bookends of Ogbah and Baylor's behemoth defensive end Shawn Oakman. At 6-9, 280 pounds, Oakman is maybe the biggest player in football period and his 11 sacks last season is so enticing to add to the 12 Ogbah had.

Iowa State brought three players to Dallas, and I went with the receiver in Quenton Bundrage. The speedy Bundrage is coming off an ACL surgery that caused him to miss most of last season. He is a high character guy and a very reliable receiver.

My choice with Oklahoma was easy. I like the explosion and the passion of linebacker Eric Striker. At 6-0, 223 pounds he might be able to play the star position and he is a huge producer of plays on the defensive side of the ball. Pound for pound he is one of the best players in all of college football. Last season he was all over the field for the Sooners. Besides, without Striker, the OU defense would be significantly weakened.

Finally, there is Texas. While I'm not overwhelmed by any of the players that came with head coach Charlie Strong, I have always liked Johnathan Gray. He is a 5-10, 211-pound back who can run inside and outside. He might find himself more productive in the Cowboys offensive scheme.

Here is a complete list of our proposed adoptions during Big 12 Media Days:
Baylor: Shawn Oakman, DE, 6-9, 280, Sr., Philadelphia, Pa.

Iowa State: Quenton Bundrage, WR, 6-2, 192, Sr., Palmetto, Fla.

Kansas: Ben Johnson, TE, 6-5, 234, So., Basehor, Kansas

Kansas State: Cody Whitehair, OL, 6-4, 305, Sr., Abilene, Kansas

Oklahoma: Eric Striker, LB, 6-0, 223, Sr., Seffner, Fla.

TCU: Joey Hunt, OC, 6-3, 295, Sr., El Campo, Texas

Texas: Johnathan Gray, RB, 5-10, 211, Sr., Aledo, Texas

Texas Tech: DeAndre Washington, RB, 5-8, 182, Sr., Missouri City, Texas

West Virginia: Karl Joseph, FS, 5-11, 197, Sr., Orlando, Fla.


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