No. 18 Oklahoma State Cowboys grow walk-on program, reap rewards for football team

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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