Head Coach Mike Gundy of the Oklahoma State Cowboys looks across the field after the game against the Arizona Wildcats on September 8, 2011 at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Oklahoma.
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STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) -- It doesn't take a scholarship to be a contributor for No. 18 Oklahoma State these days.
Beyond the investment in facilities that has helped the Cowboys (1-0) become a national contender, the program is also putting more into its walk-on program and reaping the benefits.
Coach Mike Gundy says Oklahoma State is taking on 20 more walk-ons than when he first became head coach -- and there's even a waiting list. In the Cowboys' 84-0 rout of Savannah State in the season opener, 25 players who are or once were walk-ons got a chance to play. That includes a pair of starters.
Just last week, Oklahoma State started building a wall of honor near the team's meeting room to recognize the contributions of walk-on players, past and present.
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