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Oklahoma St. picks up transfer from ... KU?

6/4/2013

Cornerback Tyler Patmon leaving Kansas at the end of 2012 was a big surprise. It's rare you see a 28-game starter leave a program before his senior season, especially when it's "not his choice," as Patmon tweeted after the news broke.

Even rarer: A 28-game starter transferring within the conference. Both happened in Patmon's case on Monday.

From my news story:

Former Kansas cornerback Tyler Patmon has transferred to Oklahoma State, the Cowboys announced in a release on Monday. ...

When asked for comment back in December, Kansas coach Charlie Weis told the Lawrence Journal-World, "we appreciate all that he's done during his time at Kansas and we wish him well."

Patmon's 58 tackles were fourth most for the Jayhawks, and he started all 12 games at cornerback. He started nine games at nickel back as a redshirt freshman in 2010. He also had 11.5 career tackles for loss and broke up 22 passes in three seasons.

The 5-foot-11, 180-pounder is a native of Round Rock, Texas and will have one year of eligibility remaining.

I don't know the back story behind Patmon's exit, so I won't venture a guess, but there's plenty of skepticism surrounding Patmon's future impact.

But here's two reasons for Oklahoma State to be very happy it landed the senior:

  • Critique Patmon's cover skills all you'd like, but he still intercepted three more passes last year than any cornerback on OSU's roster. He returned one for a touchdown against Northern Illinois and his final pick of the year came against West Virginia's Geno Smith. Patmon's not exactly an impact corner, but you're crazy if you don't think he provides quality depth and a possible starter opposite Justin Gilbert. OSU's other two options are Ashton Lampkin and Kevin Peterson, a pair of green sophomores who will have their share of growing pains if they're first-year starters next season.

  • As for those cover skills, is it really fair to critique Patmon when he's trying to cover with the Big 12's worst defensive line rushing the passer? Have we really seen what he's capable of? No corner is going to look good having to cover for the length that Kansas' cornerbacks had to last season. The past two seasons when Patmon's played cornerback, Kansas has logged 20 total sacks. No other Big 12 team has posted fewer than 32. Like I said, Patmon's not a game-changer, but don't be surprised if he looks much, much better next fall at OSU than he did at KU.

It's not hard to see why Gundy took a shot on Patmon. Even if he doesn't start, he's badly needed. All-Name teamer Miketavius Jones was the only other scholarship cornerback in camp this spring for OSU, but that position's no doubt bolstered by adding Patmon, even if he doesn't start a single game in 2013.