Britton Abbott. A 6-2, 255-pound redshirt junior walk-on who personifies hard work.
He’s out of Liberal, Kansas where he played quarterback for his father, a former New York Giant, Cliff Abbott. He was the class 5A Kansas player of the year his senior year as well as an all-state honoree his junior and senior year. He threw for 3000 yards and rushed for 1200 yards and was responsible for 49 touchdowns his senior year.
Britton Abbott works hard.
He worked hard during his high school career and he’s worked hard the three years he’s been at Oklahoma State starting out as a member of the scout team learning an entirely new position as a walk-on and earning playing time as a red shirt freshman. And although he didn’t record any stats during the two games that he played in as a freshman, it showed the coaching staff that he meant business.
Abbott came back his red shirt sophomore year last year, and played in every game except the Baylor game on special teams and some offense, with the bulk of his offensive action in a blocking role.
And when asked about what he’s willing to do for his team, “Everything.” Abbott said, “Just a utility guy. You know, whatever needs to be done for that week’s game plan, or just whatever it is. We’re tough guys, we’ll be here early like you said, we’re always here working early. You know, just utility. Whatever they need us to do, we’re gonna come and work hard at whatever we do.”.
And even in the way he answers, he shows that he’s willing to do anything for the team to be successful and that he and his guys (other cowboy backs) are out before practice working hard at learning their new position.
“We’re a young group, not a lot of starts.” said Abbott, “Just come out here early, try to get a lot of work in before practice, just get everything down best we can. You know experience is hard to come by at our position group, so we’re just trying to get in as many reps as we can.”.
The cowboy back position is a hybrid position mix of fullback and tight-end. And there aren’t very many high schools out there that have a hybrid fullback/tight-end position. And it takes a special type of player to play cowboy back. And in many cases, unproven players. So, when it comes to playing for Oklahoma State, chances of starting with a scholarship aren’t very great.
Cowboys greats Jeremy Seaton and Blake Jarwin both started out as walk-ons just like Abbot did.
“Seaton before him was a walk-on. You know, Jawin was too.” said Abbott, “They were great guys to learn from too. So, it was kind of a niche we all had. I’m thankful for those guys. I really learned a lot from them. You know, I appreciate them and it was kind of a persona that this group has with those kind of people.”. “We’re a young group, not a lot of starts.” said Abbott, “Just come out here early, try to get a lot of work in before practice, just get everything down best we can. You know experience is hard to come by at our position group, so we’re just trying to get in as many reps as we can.”.
And on top of all the extra practice, Abbott has still found time to hit the books just as hard. In the 2016 season, Abbott was named to the First-Team Academic All-Big 12 team.
“Just competing every day.” said Abbott, “Every day just compete with a chip on your shoulder. Nothing will be handed to you. Come out and get better. And just come out and really just lay it out on the line and get better.”.