Big 12: Terrance Anderson

ESPN the Magazine had a fascinating feature looking back at the past 25 No. 1 high school recruits, where they are now and what the ranking meant to them. With apologies to Vince Young, there aren't a ton of Big 12 talents on the list, but there have been plenty of great recruits to come through the Big 12. We took a look on Thursday at how the All-Big 12 team stacked up as recruits, and you saw quite a mixed bag.

Well, it's the same for the recruits who came to campus with high rankings and high profiles. Going back to 2006, here's how every Big 12 commit from the ESPNU 150 turned out. We'll look at 2006 in this post before eventually reaching 2010 and the current class, 2011, by signing day.


No. 6: DeMarco Murray, RB, Oklahoma. Murray set the school records for touchdowns (64) and all-purpose yards (6,498) as a Sooner. He's projected to be drafted on the first day of this year's NFL Draft.

No. 7: Sergio Kindle, OLB, Texas. Kindle was a finalist for the Butkus and Hendricks Awards and was a two-time All-Big 12 performer with 176 career tackles. He was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the second round last year's NFL Draft, but missed his rookie season after fracturing his skull in a fall on the stairs at his home.

No. 13: Jevan Snead, QB, Texas. Lost a quarterback battle to Colt McCoy following the 2005 season. Played sparingly as a freshman before transferring to Ole Miss. Went undrafted in 2010. Now plays for Arena League's Tampa Bay Storm.

No. 21: Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma. McCoy was a Lombardi finalist, a three-time All-Big 12 performer, a two-time All-American who left Oklahoma after his junior season and was selected No. 3 overall by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 2010 NFL Draft.

No. 22: Eddie Jones, DE, Texas. Jones just finished his career at Texas with an All-Big 12 honorable mention year in 2010. Finished his career with 111 tackles and 13.5 sacks.

No. 34: J'Marcus Webb, OT, Texas. Webb played one year at Texas before transferring to Navarro College and eventually West Texas A&M. He was drafted in the seventh round of the 2010 draft and spent the season with the Chicago Bears.

No. 36: Adron Tennell, WR, Oklahoma. Tennell finished his four-year career at Oklahoma with 40 catches, 505 yards and five touchdowns.

No. 42: Dustin Earnest, LB, Texas. Earnest finished his career in 2010 with 84 tackles and a sack for the Longhorns.

No. 45: Mike Goodson, RB, Texas A&M. Goodson was the Big 12 Freshman of the Year in 2006 with his career high 847 yards. He finished with 1,966 yards and 13 TDs in three seasons before being drafted in the fourth round by the Carolina Panthers.

No. 67: Phillip Payne, WR, Texas. Caught his first career pass in 2009, his third year at UT, before transferring after the season.

No. 75: Derek Burton, DE, Oklahoma State. Started 15 games in four years for the Cowboys, recording 67 career tackles.

No. 82: Ben Alexander, DT, Texas. Made four career starts, with 51 tackles and half a sack in 38 career appearances.

No. 104: Terrance Anderson, CB, Oklahoma State. Made 96 tackles in four years with the Cowboys. Had four career interceptions.

No. 110: Jonathan Nelson, CB, Oklahoma. Started all 14 games in 2010 for the Sooners after earning All-Big 12 honorable mention as a junior in 2009. Finished career with 155 tackles and five interceptions.

No. 111: Jermaine Gresham, TE, Oklahoma. Caught 111 passes for 1,629 yards and 26 touchdowns in three seasons, including an All-American season in 2008. Missed all of 2009 with knee injury. Drafted No. 21 overall in the 2010 draft by Cincinnati Bengals.

No. 137: Jeremy Beal, DE, Oklahoma. Had 224 tackles, 58.5 tackles for loss, and 29 sacks in four seasons, including three All-Big 12 seasons, an All-American season and was a Hendricks Award finalist in 2009. Projects as middle-round pick in 2011 NFL Draft.

No. 141: Josh Freeman, QB, Kansas State. Threw for 8,078 yards and 44 touchdowns and 34 interceptions in 35 career games. Also ran for 404 yards and 14 touchdowns as a junior. Drafted No. 17 overall by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 2010 NFL Draft.

OSU secondary depth bolstered by Murray's signing

December, 22, 2009
Oklahoma State has made a move to bolster it secondary with the signing of cornerback Malcolm Murray, a transfer from Mount San Antonio College in California.

Murray, will enroll at school in January and plans to participate in spring drills. The 6-foot-2, 205-pounder will have three years of eligibility with the Cowboys.

After graduating from Junipero Serra High School in Los Angeles, Murray originally was an Oregon commitment. After spending his redshirt season at Weber State, he played in 2009 at Mount San Antonio College, where he was a member of the national junior college national championship team. His two interceptions in the fourth quarter helped seal the national championship victory for the Mounties.

“Our coaching staff is excited about Malcolm’s future and he will be a great addition to our team in January,” OSU coach Mike Gundy said. “He’s a very bright, young man and should be an impact player for our defense during spring ball.”

Murray finished the 2009 season with 39 tackles, including 4.5 for losses. He had six interceptions for 132 yards and also produced seven pass deflections.

He chose the Cowboys over offers from Minnesota, Illinois, Kansas, Louisville, Nevada and Arizona.

His arrival will be critical for the Cowboys, who lose starting cornerbacks Perrish Cox and Terrance Anderson and starting free safety Lucien "The Punisher" Antoine from this season's team that will meet Mississippi Jan. 2 in the AT&T Cotton Bowl.

Gundy, Cowboys rebuilding confidence after defeat

September, 14, 2009

Posted by's Tim Griffin

Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy got a quick life lesson from his 4-year-old boy, Gage, on how to get over setbacks quickly.

Gage Gundy sliced his foot open Sunday night and received some stitches during a quick trip to the emergency room. His dad can only hope his team is as resilient as it overcomes its loss Saturday to Houston.

“Kids are resilient. I think they overcome things," Gundy said. "He's (Gage) walking around today, he's 4 years old and he doesn't know the difference. I think our guys are the same way.

"It stings now. When you've won and had as much success as we have, they want to win for themselves, for the team and for everybody."

But the loss to Houston convinced the Cowboys they have to return to the drawing board to restore their confidence after their first loss of the season.

Cornerback Terrance Anderson had a simple explanation for what his team needs to do as it prepares for Saturday's game against Rice.

"Go back to work. You've got to go back to work and prepare for the next team," Anderson said. "The season's long still. That was only game two. You have another 12 games to go, so you've got to get back to the next game."

Oklahoma State safety Lucien Antoine had trouble letting go of the loss after it happened -- much like the rest of his team, he said.

"After Saturday, everybody was mad because no one likes to lose," Antoine said. "We were mad, upset. But they're on scholarship just like we are. They came to play and we've got to give them their props."

And just like the lesson from Gundy's son, Antoine said the Cowboys need to forget about their sting and move on.

"What we've got to do is keep our head up because it's a long season," Antoine said. "We've got to go back to work and come ready to play because we know what to expect now. We need to get ready, get better and just go out there and play."

Antoine mentioned defending national champion Florida for a lesson in overcoming early adversity and moving on. The Gators lost their fourth game of the season to Mississippi last season before rebounding to win their last 10 games of the season en route to their second national championship in the last three seasons.

"Last year, Florida lost to Ole Miss and they still won the national championship," Antoine said. "If we look to the past, we're going to keep losing. We have to move on and focus on what's ahead of us because the future is bright. We've got a lot to play for."

OSU can't sustain high ranking -- again

September, 12, 2009
Posted by's Tim Griffin
AP Photo/Brody Schmidt
Oklahoma State Coach Mike Gundy, right, was not buying into the SI jinx after the Cowboys' 45-35 loss to Houston.

STILLWATER, Okla. – So much for the displays of national sports magazines that highlighted Oklahoma State’s quick ascent into the national title hunt after only one week this season.

Coming into stores across Stillwater earlier Saturday, fans were buying anything that had a Cowboy on it in a moment of exultation and pride for the long-suffering program.

The national attention – along with the top five national ranking after last week’s convincing victory over Georgia – was hopefully going to mark this season as different. So much different than all of those long previous years in the football wilderness.

But all of that excitement was punctured a few hours later after the kind of loss that has typified Oklahoma State so often during its football history.

On a dank, gloomy day that matched Coach Mike Gundy’s post-game attitude, Houston claimed a 45-35 victory that will cease most of the early buzz about Oklahoma State.

“Now, they get to see the other side of it,” Gundy said. “Everybody’s been telling them how they’ve been and how good they are. They’re going to see the other side of it.”

Oklahoma State has been ranked in the top five of the Associated Press poll five times previously. Four of those times, the Cowboys had lost their next game to fall out of the high ranking. And in the other instance, they lost after two weeks.

Excitement after the season-opening triumph over Georgia and all of the resulting media attention would be an easy rationalization for Gundy. But he wasn’t buying any of it.

“I don’t believe in the SI jinx and I don’t believe in being ranked really high and everybody telling them they are good and then not preparing,” Gundy said. “I thought this team prepared well. I was disappointed that we made mistakes and turned it over. And I think Houston played a good football game.”

The Cowboys were victimized by four turnovers and 81 yards in penalties that repeatedly popped up at inopportune times.

And after what appeared to have been a breakthrough defensive effort last week, the Cowboys were gashed for 512 yards and 6.2 yards per snap by Houston.

An explosive Houston offense keyed by a smart, gritty quarterback like Case Keenum and fleet receivers like Tyron Carrier, Patrick Edwards and James Cleveland just seemed more explosive than Georgia last week.

“It was just a totally different style of offense (compared to Georgia) with the speed sweeps and the zone reads,” Oklahoma State defensive coordinator Bill Young said. “It was assignment football and we just didn’t play nearly as sound as we would have liked to.”

The Cowboys played without Big 12 rushing leader Kendall Hunter for most of the game. Hunter appeared to injure his right ankle early in the second quarter and was sidelined for the rest of the game.

Hunter, who rushed for 29 yards on nine carries and accounted for Oklahoma State’s lone first-half touchdown, appeared along the sidelines later in the game in street clothes. His immediate playing status is unknown.

“I’m sure he was hurt,” Gundy said. “How severe? I didn’t get that information.”

He’ll likely need him back if the Cowboys have any hope of winning their first Big 12 South Division title – which seems a more immediate goal than getting back into the top five anytime soon.

“We still have a chance to win the Big 12,” Oklahoma State cornerback Terrance Anderson said. “We’ve got to keep that in mind. It’s still all out in front of us. We can’t let this beat us down. ”

OSU secondary depth tested as Antoine out with injury

September, 5, 2009
Posted by's Tim Griffin

STILLWATER, Okla. -- The Oklahoma State defense took a hit early in the third quarter when starting safety Lucien Antoine was injured and helped from the field.

Antoine remained down for a couple of minutes before walking to the sidelines under his own power along with Oklahoma State trainers.

It's a big loss for the Cowboys, who are already depleted after sophomore safety Markelle Martin didn't dress out for the game. And starting cornerbacks Perrish Cox and Terrance Anderson have been out of the lineup on Georgia's first drive with injuries and cramps.

It also means that freshman Daytawion Lowe will be pressed into duty in Antoine's spot in the first extended play of his career.

Big 12 lunch links: Osborne defends Pelini's megabuck salary

April, 2, 2009

Posted by's Tim Griffin

I'm back home with a cornucopia of Big 12 links for your lunchtime delight as spring practice continues across the conference.

Enjoy them.   

  • Nebraska athletic director Tom Osborne defended Bo Pelini's new megabuck salary by saying the school is one of 10-12 in the country where the athletic program is self-supporting, David Ledbetter of NewsnetNebraska reports.
  • Pete Fiutak of makes his early BCS predictions, soothsaying that Texas will meet Penn State in the Fiesta Bowl and Oklahoma will hook up with Ohio State in the Rose Bowl.
  • Citing a dwindling budget, Kansas has decided to do away with the 20 percent discount for faculty and staff for athletic events, Chad Lawhorn of the Lawrence Journal-World reports.
  • Robert Griffin's second spring at quarterback has been much smoother after establishing himself as the leader of Baylor's offense, John Werner of the Waco Tribune-Herald reports.
  • Record-setting Nebraska kicker Alex Henery is in a tight battle for the team's punting job this spring, the Lincoln Journal-Star's Brian Christopherson reports.
  • Kansas defensive lineman Jamal Greene returned to practice Wednesday, although wide receiver Dezmon Briscoe still remains suspended, Dugan Arnett of the Lawrence Journal-World reports.
  • Missouri tailback Derrick Washington has a new look to match his determined attitude, Dave Matter of the Columbia Daily Tribune reports.
  • Missing last season's Holiday Bowl because of academic struggles helped Oklahoma State cornerback Terrance Anderson's commitment, Oklahoman beat writer Scott Wright reports.
  • Texas A&M defensive coordinator Joe Kines' decision to make a four-linebacker alignment prominent is bringing back memories of the school's vaunted "Wrecking Crew" defenses of the past, reports Brent Zwerneman of the Houston Chronicle/San Antonio Express-News.