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STILLWATER — A year ago, after a successful season, the Oklahoma State football team went through a volatile offseason in terms of player movement.
Now, following a 7-6 season, what will the offseason hold for the Cowboy roster?
Here’s a look at who’s in and who’s out for OSU after the 2022 season:
Players leaving OSU in spring
OSU players who entered the transfer portal in the spring entry window:
Casey Collier, OT (transfer portal)
A transfer from USC in the summer of 2022, Collier did not appear in a game in his one season with the Cowboys.
Caleb Etienne, OT (transfer portal)
The 6-foot-7, 325-pound Etienne started all 13 games of the 2022 season at left tackle, though the addition of Dalton Cooper from Texas State in January added some competition for the job in spring. A redshirt senior, Etienne came to OSU as a junior-college transfer in 2021 and played in three games while working to cut his weight down from 375. Sixteen OSU players entered the portal in the winter, but Etienne was the first to go in during the spring transfer window. His departure leaves the Cowboys thinner and inexperienced at its backup tackle spots.
Ben Kopenski, DE (transfer portal)
An unrecruited walk-on who earned his roster spot through a tryout as a freshman, Kopenski fought his way into a rotational spot the past two seasons. He ultimately played 27 games and had 17 tackles with 4.5 sacks. He was not with the program during spring ball and entered the transfer portal when it opened, according to reports.
Players coming to OSU
Players from the transfer portal who have committed to OSU:
Alan Bowman, QB (Michigan)
Oklahoma State’s newest quarterback is quite familiar with the Big 12 Conference. Former Texas Tech starter Alan Bowman, who spent the last two seasons as a backup at Michigan, is heading to OSU for his final season of eligibility. Bowman will immediately compete for the starting job vacated when Spencer Sanders went in the transfer portal last month. Bowman has thrown for 5,329 yards with 34 touchdowns and 18 interceptions, completing 67.1% of his passes over his career. He started 16 games during three seasons at Texas Tech, including a 41-17 win over OSU at Boone Pickens Stadium as a true freshman in 2018.
Arland Bruce IV, WR (Iowa)
The versatile 5-foot-10, 198-pound Bruce, who was a four-star recruit coming out of high school in the 2021 class, spent the last two seasons at Iowa, where he was used as a running back and receiver. He caught 44 passes and rushed the ball 22 times for a combined total of 508 yards with six touchdowns. With two years of eligibility remaining, Bruce could help in a variety of ways, whether it’s in the slot, where the Cowboys lost John Paul Richardson, or at running back, where depth has been hit by departures. He also spent time as a returner, where he could help spell OSU receiver Brennan Presley.
Elijah Collins, RB (Michigan State)
A 6-foot-1, 215-pound backfield veteran, Collins has played in 38 games over the past five seasons at Michigan State, carrying the ball 383 times for 1,506 yards and 11 touchdowns. A Detroit native, Collins rushed for 988 yards and five TDs as a redshirt freshman in 2019, but totaled less than 60 carries over the next two seasons. In 2022, he had 318 yards and six touchdowns on 70 carries and totaled a 4.3-yard-per-carry average over his time as a Spartan. He brings experience and depth at running back, where the Cowboys have suffered multiple losses.
Dalton Cooper, OL (Texas State)
The 6-foot-6, 320-pound Cooper brings valuable experience to the Cowboys' offensive line. After redshirting in 2019, Cooper appeared in every game for the Bobcats over the past three seasons. Now, the left tackle is returning to his home state. Cooper played at Prague High School alongside OSU’s Jake Schultz, the former walk-on defensive end who earned a scholarship and is now playing tight end. Despite the fact that OSU could return all five starting offensive linemen from this past season, Cooper should compete for starting time immediately.
Ian Edenfield, TE (California University of Pennsylvania)
Looking for depth at the tight end position, the Cowboys added Edenfield, a 6-foot-5, 255-pound prospect from the Division II level. A physical and aggressive blocker, Edenfield caught 25 passes for 198 yards and a touchdown over the past three seasons. His biggest challenge will be the added size and strength of his opponents in the Big 12 Conference, but his power at the point of attack should benefit him, especially in run blocking.
Anthony Goodlow, DL (Tulsa)
Goodlow, a 6-foot-4, 286-pound defensive end, had a variety of offers once he entered the transfer portal, picking OSU over TCU, USC and others. The Del City product was an outside linebacker when he signed with Tulsa in 2018, recruited by the late Bill Young. But he blossomed into a powerful defensive end, adding more than 50 pounds and developing into a key piece of the Golden Hurricane defensive front. He appeared in 48 games with 22 starts and will have one year of eligibility remaining. This past season, he had 44 tackles with eight for loss and two sacks. Because of his size and versatility, Goodlow fits the mold of the role handled this season by OSU’s Tyler Lacy, who has declared for the NFL Draft.
Kenneth Harris, CB (Arkansas State)
A veteran with starting experience, Harris is a 6-foot, 193-pound cornerback from Monroe, Louisiana, who led Arkansas State in pass breakups in two of his three seasons. Harris has two years of eligibility remaining and should immediately factor into the depth chart in a secondary that has lost two starters — cornerback Jabbar Muhammad and safety Thomas Harper — to the transfer portal. Having played in 31 career games, Harris has 71 tackles, three interceptions and 22 pass breakups in his career.
Josiah Johnson, TE (Massachusetts)
As Oklahoma State tries to rebuild its recruiting emphasis on tight ends, it landed the 6-foot-5, 235-pound Johnson, a Jacksonville, Florida, native who has appeared in 43 career games at UMass. Johnson had 50 catches for 465 yards and five touchdowns over the last four seasons. A wing-T quarterback in high school, he also stepped behind center on occasion for UMass, rushing for 82 yards on 18 attempts and completing six of nine passes for 39 yards during his career. Johnson will have one year of eligibility remaining. The Cowboys are set to return Braden Cassity and Jake Schultz, both converted defensive players, along with converted receivers Blaine Green and Rashod Owens at the tight end position.
Leon Johnson III, WR (George Fox)
A Division III All-America selection by the AFCA this past season, Johnson brings a 6-foot-5, 207-pound frame and plenty of experience to Stillwater. He’s coming off a senior season at George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon, in which he caught 55 passes for 1,154 yards and 14 touchdowns. He was named the Northwest Conference’s offensive player of the year and was the first-ever first-team All-American in George Fox history. Originally from Bothell, Washington, Johnson led his team with 25 catches for 450 yards and six touchdowns as a true freshman in 2019. He sat out the 2020 and 2021 seasons before his breakout year last fall. Johnson should compete for a spot in the primary receiving rotation, which has been decimated by transfer portal departures.
Justin Kirkland, DT (Utah Tech)
After one strong season at Utah Tech — formerly known as Dixie State — the 6-foot-4, 295-pound Kirkland entered the transfer portal and drew immediate attention from Power Five programs with offers from Cincinnati and Kansas State. He had 40 tackles with six for loss and two sacks this past season as a true freshman. Kirkland brings depth and experience at a position the Cowboys lack both. Three of the top four defensive tackles from last season — Brendon Evers, Sione Asi and Samuela Tuihalamaka — are either out of eligibility or in the transfer portal. A native of Roy, Utah, Kirkland will have three years of eligibility remaining.
Noah McKinney, OL (UNLV)
A powerful 6-foot-5, 310-pound blocking prospect, McKinney redshirted as a true freshman this past season at UNLV after signing as part of the 2022 recruiting class. Born in Los Angeles, McKinney began his high school football career at Hebron High School in Carrollton, Texas. He finished high school ball at Coronado High, outside Las Vegas, then signed with his hometown program. He was recruited to UNLV by former OSU assistant coach Marcus Arroyo, who was dismissed as UNLV’s head coach in early December.
De'Zhaun Stribling, WR (Washington State)
For the second time in three years, the Cowboys are turning to a receiver from Washington State in the transfer portal. The first time with Tay Martin worked out well. Now, they get a 6-foot-3, 204-pounder who was Washington State's leading receiver as a sophomore this season. Stribling caught 51 passes for 602 yards and five touchdowns and was one of three receivers on the team to have 490 or more yards through the air. It's the second straight season Stribling caught five touchdown passes. Stribling, who is from Kapolei, Hawaii, has two years of eligibility remaining and will provide needed depth on the outside with his long frame and ability to score in the red zone.
Justin Wright, LB (Tulsa)
The Golden Hurricane’s leading tackler this season with 101 and 10.5 for loss, Wright is a 6-foot-2, 244-pound product of Cooper High School in Abilene, Texas. He’s been a three-year starter with 191 tackles in 40 career games. He had multiple offers, but quickly chose the Cowboys a few days after announcing he had entered the transfer portal. With the departure of starting inside linebacker and leading tackler Mason Cobb, Wright will have the opportunity to compete for immediate playing time at OSU. Wright has one year of eligibility remaining.
Players leaving OSU
Players with eligibility remaining who are leaving OSU via the transfer portal or for the NFL Draft:
Langston Anderson, WR (transfer portal)
A former four-star recruit from Midlothian (Texas) Heritage, Anderson battled injuries throughout his career, missing all of 2021 after suffering a foot injury in pregame warmups for the season opener. He did get back on the field this season, though. He appeared in five games, catching four passes for 69 yards. In the loss at Kansas, he had three receptions for 61 yards. In four seasons, Anderson played in just seven games and caught five passes for 77 yards.
Lamont Bishop, LB (NFL Draft)
A talented linebacker who appeared in all 13 games as a reserve, Bishop said in a statement that he discovered he had no remaining eligiblity. He played two seasons for the Cowboys, appearing in 26 games, primarily on special teams. This season, he recorded 29 tackles. He started the Guaranteed Rate Bowl and made nine tackles, forced a fumble and recorded a quarterback hurry in the loss to Wisconsin. Bishop began his career at Iowa Central Community College.
C.J. Brown, RB (left team)
A four-star recruit from Beggs in the 2022 class, Brown has walked away from football, sources have told The Oklahoman. He did not appear in a game while redshirting this past season, and for now, is not expected to seek another program to play for.
Mason Cobb, LB (USC)
The Provo, Utah, native led the Cowboys with 96 tackles and 13.0 tackles for loss as a junior, his first year as a starter. Cobb started 13 games in his OSU career, including all 12 this year. He had a career-high 16 tackles against TCU and had at least eight tackles in seven games. Cobb was the first OSU player to announce his entry into the portal and has two years of eligibility remaining.
Na’Drian Dizadare, LB (transfer portal)
The redshirt junior from Evangel Christian in Shreveport was primarily a special teams contributor over his four years at OSU. He redshirted in 2019 and played in 21 career games, including 10 this past season. He has two years of eligibility remaining.
Trace Ford, DE (Oklahoma)
An Edmond Santa Fe product who was an impact player from the moment he arrived on campus, Ford will leave with two years of eligibility left. He missed the 2021 season after suffering ACL injuries 10 months apart, but over three seasons, he had 59 tackles and 8.5 sacks in 32 games.
Bryson Green, WR, (Wisconsin)
After a breakout sophomore year in which he led the Cowboys in touchdown catches with five, Green’s loss is another hit to the receiver group. He had 36 catches for 584 yards, second-most on the team, as he established himself as a reliable playmaker on the outside. Green will have three years to use his final two years of eligibility.
Thomas Harper, safety (Notre Dame)
The younger brother of former Cowboy linebacker Devin Harper, Thomas was a regular player over his four years, appearing in 42 games and making 94 tackles with two interceptions. He started the majority of last season at the nickelback safety position before a shoulder injury ended his season.
Tom Hutton, P (retired)
The 32-year-old punter will pass on a potential final year of eligibility to return to his home country of Australia with his wife, Kelsey, to begin the next chapter of his life. Hutton was injured late in his senior season, suffering a torn ACL at Kansas State. He finished with the best season of his career, averaging 43.8 yards per punt with 18 downed inside the 20 and just one touchback on 44 attempts.
Stephon Johnson Jr., WR (Houston)
The youngster from DeSoto, Texas, caught 17 passes for 293 yards and two touchdowns, becoming a key reserve in his true freshman season. He was set to be an even bigger part of the offense going forward, but elected to enter the portal a week after the bowl game, which he started and had an 84-yard touchdown reception.
Demarco Jones, DB (Tulsa)
The former Tulsa Booker T. Washington star was a stalwart on special teams the past three seasons and appeared in 30 games over four seasons. The redshirt junior had 21 tackles and a pass breakup, which came in this season's opener against Central Michigan. Jones will mostly be remember for his heads-up play in an October game during a surprise onside kick by Texas Tech. Jones called for a fair catch before being hit by a Red Raider, leading to OSU retaining the football in the 41-31 win. Jones also recovered a muffed punt in the 2021 Bedlam victory.
Tyler Lacy, DE (NFL Draft)
A four-year starter and central figure on the defensive line, the 6-foot-4, 285-pound Lacy played both end and tackle this past season, showing versatility that could benefit him at the next level. He had 113 tackles and 11.5 sacks over 44 career games and will be one of the Cowboys’ top NFL Draft prospects in the spring.
Jabbar Muhammad, CB (Washington)
The junior cornerback started the past 13 games dating back to the Fiesta Bowl last January, establishing himself as one of the top cover cornerbacks in the Big 12. He had 48 tackles, an interception and nine pass breakups this season. The 5-foot-10, 180-pound native of DeSoto, Texas, will have two years of eligibility remaining at Washington.
Braylin Presley, WR (Tulsa)
The younger brother of OSU standout Brennan Presley played in seven games this season, but told the Tulsa World, which reported the news of his plans to transfer, that he had hoped to be used more frequently as a running back. The 5-foot-8, 175-pound true freshman from Bixby appeared in seven games, either as a slot receiver or special teams contributor, catching five passes for 26 yards.
Dominic Richardson, RB (Baylor)
Out of Bishop McGuinness High School in Oklahoma City, Richardson was a regularly used running back all three years at OSU, starting nearly every game in 2022 when he led the team in rushing with 543 yards and eight touchdowns. For his career, he totaled 1,005 yards and 13 scores. He will have two years of eligibility remaining.
John Paul Richardson, WR (TCU)
OSU’s receiver group is getting thin, with Richardson being the third to enter the transfer portal, his decision coming a week after the bowl game. Richardson was second on the team with 49 catches and touchdowns with four, coming in fourth in yards with 503. A native of Missouri City, Texas, Richardson had 168 yards and two touchdowns as a true freshman in 2021. He will have three years to play out his final two seasons of eligibility at his new destination.
Eli Russ, OL (Troy)
A product of Plainview High School in Ardmore, Russ has played in 16 games over three seasons in Stillwater. He was used regularly at center when the Cowboys dealt with offensive line injuries as a redshirt sophomore this past season.
Spencer Sanders, QB (Ole Miss)
The four-year starting quarterback won 30 games and threw for 9,553 yards with 67 touchdowns and 40 interceptions in his career. He also set the OSU record for rushing yards by a quarterback with 1,956 yards and 18 touchdowns. He concludes his OSU career in the top three in several major quarterback stat categories. He has one year of eligibility remaining.
Samuela Tuihalamaka, DT (San Diego State)
After a redshirt senior season in which he had 23 tackles with four for loss and one sack as a heavily used backup, the 6-foot-1, 305-pound Tuihalamaka is seeking a new home for his final year of eligibility. Over the past four seasons, he had 48 tackles with eight for loss and two sacks.
Jason Taylor II, Safety (NFL Draft)
After an All-American season as a redshirt senior, Taylor announced his intentions to enter the NFL Draft. Having shown a knack for big plays in crucial times over his final three seasons, Taylor finished with a bang, collecting a Big 12-best six interceptions and a team-high 99 tackles in 2022. A special-teams contributor early in his career, Taylor played in a total of 54 games and had 175 tackles over four seasons.
Tyrone Webber, OL (left team)
Webber was a highly recruited junior-college prospect in the 2022 class who saw the field in four games, but has left the team, sources told The Oklahoman. He did not enter the transfer portal, but posted on Twitter that he plans to return home to Canada and continue his football career there.
Kanion Williams, safety (Tulsa)
A redshirt senior from Dallas with one year of eligibility remaining, Williams was a key special teams player throughout his career, prior to dealing with injury issues this past season. He was voted a team captain for the 2021 season. In all, he appeared in 42 games, registering 35 tackles.
Players out of eligibility
Sione Asi, DT
Tanner Brown, K
Brendon Evers, DT
Matt Hembrough, LS
Vance Hooper, WR
Tyren Irby, DE
Braydon Johnson, WR
Brock Martin, DE
C.J. Tate, WR
This article originally appeared on Oklahoman: OSU football offseason player tracker: Transfer portal, 2023 NFL Draft