With the arrival of Barry J. Sanders as a "super" senior transfer at the much discussed and much scrutinized running back position the other "super" senior or graduate senior transfer for Oklahoma State in cornerback Lenzy Pipkins is not getting quite as much play. Of course, neither player will get an opportunity to do any media with head coach Mike Gundy's first-year player rule about no media until they have "walked" a season in the program.
Pipkins is an interesting story in that he only played one season of high school football at Mansfield, Texas after walking away from the sport in the eighth grade. In a story in The Oklahoman his mother said he had always told her he would come back to football his senior season in high school. He did but that didn't give him time enough to impress or get on the radar of too many schools, so it was off the Louisiana-Monroe, which has struggled in recent seasons.
According to OSU cornerbacks coach Tim Duffie, Pipkins has done well in summer workouts. He seems to be ready to fall in line with recent graduate senior transfers that played at OSU in recent seasons like cornerbacks Tyler Patmon from Kansas and Michael Hunter from Indiana.
Duffie even said that Pipkins was a vocal player that used his voice to stay positive and that he was already becoming a leader in the group that has veterans in Ashton Lampkin, Ramon Richards, and Darius Curry, but the rest of the corners are either really young or without any Division I playing time.
At Mansfield High School Pipkins was a teammate of current Oklahoma State offensive right tackle Zach Crabtree. Pipkins did not play football at Mansfield until his senior season and made the most of it with 52 tackles and an interception. An obvious late discovery in recruiting he signed with the Warhawks then coached by current AFCA President Todd Berry, an Oklahoma native.
At ULM, he redshirted his first season in 2012. The next season he played in all 12 games and finished with 24 total tackles, 12 unassisted, 3 tackles for loss, and an interception. He had three tackles in his first college game at Oklahoma and has eight tackles for a season high against Tulane. His interception came against rival ULL and quarterback Terrance Broadway.
As a sophomore in 2014 he started nine games and missed three games with injury. He finished with 32 tackles, 24 unassisted, 3 tackles for loss, a sack, and an interception. He had three tackles against both SEC opponents in LSU and Texas A&M.
Last fall as a junior Pipkins had 48 tackles, 34 unassisted playing in all 13 games and starting 10 of those games. He had one tackle for loss, a sack, and a fumble forced.
Pipkins has just the one season to play and he has some strong football family ties as his cousin is C.J. Wilson, who played for the Carolina Panthers from 2007-10 and the Dallas Cowboys in 2011.