Re-evaluating how OSU fared in the transfer portal

Re-evaluating how OSU fared in the transfer portal

With the Cowboys traveling to play Houston and former OSU receiver Stephon Johnson Jr. on Saturday, let's revisit how the Cowboys are doing in the portal.

Ben Hutchens

By Ben Hutchens

| Nov 16, 2023, 6:49am CST

Ben Hutchens

By Ben Hutchens

Nov 16, 2023, 6:49am CST

A lot has changed since OSU’s bye week.

The Cowboys made Alan Bowman a full-time quarterback and went on a five-game win streak. There was a 27-24 Bedlam victory and a 45-3 blowout loss to UCF. Injuries have ended the seasons for some Cowboys while others are just beginning their seasons.

The last time we evaluated all of the transfers to and from OSU last season in terms of their impact on their team was during OSU’s week five bye. With the Cowboys traveling to play Houston and former OSU receiver Stephon Johnson Jr. on Saturday (3 p.m. ESPN2) let’s revisit how the Cowboys are doing in the portal.

Here are all transfers, to and from OSU last season, ranked in descending order of their impact to their team. Included is the ranking each player was given in the September article.

No. 38 (Was No. 38) Rashad Dixon, WR, walk-on redshirt junior, transferred from OSU: Dixon played football at Texas A&M Commerce before walking on at OSU in the spring of 2022. Though his social media profiles say he is back at Texas A&M Commerce, Dixon isn’t listed on the roster.

No. 37 (Was No. 37) Clayton Barbour, redshirt junior wide receiver, transferred from OSU: It appears Barbour, a former walk-on, didn’t land with a new team.

No. 36 (Was No. 36) Casey Collier, redshirt sophomore offensive lineman, transferred from OSU: Collier, who started his career at USC, hasn’t appeared to find a new team.

No. 35 (Was No. 35) Arland Bruce IV, sophomore wide receiver, transferred from Iowa to OSU: Bruce committed to the Cowboys on Jan. 14 but was charged with wagering on football games in August. OSU coach Mike Gundy has since said Bruce remained on the team but was not participating in team activities. He has not played a game this season.

No. 34 (Was No. 34) Max Muehlberger, redshirt freshman tight end, transferred from OSU to Kansas: Muehlberger, the No. 1 tight end in Kansas coming out of high school, hasn’t played this season. He didn’t appear in any games last year with the Cowboys. 

No. 33 (Was No. 33) Ian Edenfield, senior tight end, PennWest California: Edenfield has played in nine games. He has appeared exclusively to block for field goals and extra points.

No. 32 (Was No. 32) Lardarius Webb Jr., defensive back, transferred from Jones College (Mississippi) to OSU: Webb Jr. was ranked as a top-50 JUCO player and the Cowboys scooped him up. He has played against Central Arkansas, Arizona State, West Virginia and Cincinnati covering kicks and on punt return.  

No. 31 (Was No. 30) Kenneth “Mook” Harris, sophomore cornerback, transferred from Arkansas State to OSU: Four appearances, one tackle. Harris appeared in the first four games of the season but appears headed toward a redshirt season. 

No. 30 (Was No. 28) Na’Drian Dizadare, graduate student linebacker, transferred from OSU to UT Martin: Dizadare, a Shreveport native, has appeared once in a 48-7 loss to Georgia. 

No. 29 (Was No. 22) Langston Anderson, redshirt junior, wide receiver, transferred from OSU to Texas State: Anderson has only appeared in one game for the Bobcats, a 77-34 win against Jackson State in which he caught one pass for 21 yards.

No. 28 (Was No. 27) Preston Hickey, redshirt freshman defensive tackle, transferred from OSU to LSU: Hickey played three snaps in a 72-10 win against Grambling.

No. 27 (Was No. 24) Eli Russ, OL, redshirt sophomore, transferred from OSU to Troy: Russ has started nine games at center. They haven’t gone well. PFF grades him at 51.2, the second-worst among Troy linemen who have played more than one game. 

No. 26 (Was No. 25) Caleb Etienne, junior offensive lineman, transferred from OSU to BYU: Etienne has played in five games this season. The 6-foot-8, 330-pound junior started BYU’s first three games at right tackle but Pro Football Focus graded him poorly. He has the lowest overall grade, 44.2, of any BYU offensive player. Etienne played in week 10 against West Virginia, slotting in at right guard. 

No. 25 (Was No. 29) Noah McKinney, freshman offensive lineman, transferred from UNLV to OSU: McKinney has gotten a handful snaps at left tackle in a 45-13 win against Cincinnati and a 45-3 loss against West Virginia. 

No. 24 (Was No. 31) Bryce Drummond, redshirt sophomore right end, transferred from North Texas to OSU: After not playing the first seven weeks of the season. Drummond appeared against West Virginia, Cincinnati and Oklahoma, playing 11 snaps on the punt return unit.

No. 23 (Was No. 26) Justin Wright, senior linebacker, transferred from Tulsa to OSU: Wright played just eight snaps in OSU’s season-opener against Central Arkansas before getting hurt. He returned three weeks later to play 11 snaps against Iowa State and picked up his first tackle of the year but suffered a season-ending injury in practice, cutting his season off after two games. 

No. 22 (Was No. 21) Samuela Tuihalamaka, redshirt senior defensive tackle, transferred from OSU To San Diego State University: After five seasons in Stillwater, Tuihalamaka moved back closer to his home of Riverside, California. This year, Tuihalamaka has worked mostly at nose tackle and Pro Football Focus has graded him out in the middle of the pack among Aztec defenders. He made his only tackle this year against UCLA in week two.

No. 21 (Was No. 14) Demarco Jones, graduate student defensive back, transferred from OSU to Tulsa: After a solid first three games that featured seven tackles and an interception, Jones’ playing time has diminished. He has two tackles since the middle of September. 

No. 20 (Was No. 1) De’Zhaun Stribling, junior wide receiver, transferred from Washington State to OSU: A left wrist injury suffered in practice put an end to Stribling’s promising season after four games. He had 198 yards and a touchdown in those games but Cowboy fans will have to wait until next season to watch the Hawaii native play.

No. 19 (Was No. 13) Trace Ford, senior defensive end, transferred from OSU to Oklahoma: Lots of people watched Ford closely when he returned to Stillwater for Bedlam. Ford registered two tackles and a tackle-for-loss and was also receiving a flattening block from Josiah Johnson. Ford is No. 20 on Oklahoma with 14 tackles and still without a sack. 

No. 18 (Was No. 7) Elijah Collins, senior running back, transferred from Michigan State to OSU: Collins received 25 carries in OSU’s first three games but has since taken a backseat to Cowboy running back Ollie Gordon. Collins has just five carries in conference play.

No. 17 (Was No. 16) Spencer Sanders, senior quarterback, transferred from OSU to Ole Miss: Spencer Sanders took on the No. 2 Georgia Bulldogs and had…success? Sanders completed four passes for 61 yards and added 21 rushing yards. Granted, he only came in because starting quarterback Jaxson Dart got hurt in the second half and the score ended up a 52-17 loss. Sanders hasn’t been able to unseat Dart as the starter and has played sparingly in six games this season.

No. 16 (Was No. 20) Braylin Presley, sophomore running back, transferred from OSU to Tulsa: Back in his home city of Tulsa, Presley switched positions from receiver to running back. He hasn’t been utilized as a traditional back, though. He has six carries for 19 yards this season and 11 receptions for 122 yards. Presley hasn’t returned a kickoff or punt, like he did some last season.

No. 15 (Was No. 12) Mason Cobb, senior linebacker, transferred from OSU to USC: Cobb missed three games early in the season with a groin injury but has played in every game since week four. Only two linebackers in the nation have missed more tackles than Cobb, who is up to 24. USC’s defensive coordinator Alex Grinch was fired last week after allowing 34.6 points per game. 

No. 14 (Was No. 15) Wes Pahl, junior punter, transferred from Western Kentucky: Pahl continues to split punting duty almost evenly with Australian freshman Hudson Kaak. Pahl has punted 24 times, one less than Kaak, and is averaging 44 yards a punt, more than Kaak’s 39.8. 

No. 13 (Was No. 8) Kanion Williams, safety, graduate student, transferred from OSU to Tulsa: Williams proves effective whenever he plays. He’s averaging 4.42 tackles a game but hasn’t played consistently, appearing in seven of Tulsa’s 10 games.

No. 12 (Was No. 18) Josiah Johnson, graduate transfer tight end, transferred from Massachusetts to OSU: Coach Mike Gundy said Johnson has played through a broken toe and a thigh bruise. Through all that, Johnson caught his first touchdown against Cincinnati. He has 16 catches for 125 yards this season. It’s been a decent way for OSU to usher the tight end position back into the offense after scrapping Cowboy back. 

No. 11 (Was No. 19) Stephon Johnson Jr., sophomore wide receiver, transferred from OSU to Houston: Johnson Jr. created a highlight when he caught a 49-yard Hail Mary touchdown as time expired to beat West Virginia 41-39. Outside of that, production has been inconsistent. He’s been limited to one reception in five games and is fifth on the Cougars in receiving yards.

No. 10 (Was No. 17) Bryson Green, junior wide receiver, transferred from OSU to Wisconsin: Green has started to settle into the Wisconsin offense. He had 96 receiving yards against Indiana and 86 against Iowa. Green is the second-leading receiver in the Badger offense with 375 yards. That number would put him third at OSU behind Rashod Owens and Brennan Presley. 

No. 9 (Was No. 9) Justin Kirkland, sophomore nose tackle, transferred from Utah Tech to OSU: As a nose tackle, the 6-foot-4, 346-pound Kirkland clogs up the middle of the field. He has only eight tackles, but PFF grades him third-highest among OSU defensive linemen.

No. 8 (Was No. 10) Anthony Goodlow, senior defensive end, transferred from Tulsa to OSU: Goodlow has been a welcome addition to an OSU defense operating mostly with three players on the line. He continues to wreak havoc from the left and right end position and is fourth on the team with 16 quarterback pressures. 

No. 7 (Was No. 6) Dalton Cooper, redshirt sophomore offensive lineman, transferred from Texas State to OSU: If there were any concerns about how the Sun Belt Conference transfer would hold up through a season of Big 12 football, Cooper has answered them. Cooper hasn’t allowed a sack since week four against Iowa State.

No. 6 (Was No. 4) John Paul Richardson, junior wide receiver, transferred from OSU to TCU: Richardson put up his first 100-yard game against BYU in week seven but hasn’t gone over 25 yards since. He’s second on the team with 460 receiving yards and has three touchdowns.

No. 5 (Was No. 3) Jabbar Muhammad, junior cornerback, transferred from OSU to Washington: Muhammad has struggled a little bit more as the Huskies started a Pac-12 schedule loaded with offensive firepower. He allowed 124 yards against Stanford and 73 to Oregon but has stabilized in his past two games. PFF ranks him in the top half of Washington’s defense.

No. 4 (Was No. 2) Dominic Richardson, junior running back, transferred from OSU to Baylor: Richardson missed a game early in the season with a high-ankle sprain but has become Baylor’s leading rusher. He leads Baylor with 98 carries and 450 yards. His efficiency has dipped from 5.2 yards a carry through the first three games to 4.4.

No. 3 (Was No. 5) Thomas Harper, safety, senior, transferred from OSU to Notre Dame: Harper continues to quietly have a fantastic season. He has 31 tackles and has only allowed more than 50 yards against him once. 

No. 2 (Was No. 11) Alan Bowman, senior quarterback, transferred from Michigan to OSU: Bowman took over the primary quarterback role week four against Iowa State and hasn’t given coaches any reason to change. He hasn’t put up the huge statlines Cowboy quarterbacks of old were known for, but holds a 5-2 record as the full-time starter, which is all the Cowboys are asking him to do.

No. 1 (Was No. 23) Leon Johnson III, senior wide receiver, transferred from George Fox University to OSU: OSU coaches planned to redshirt Johnson, but injuries to receivers De’Zhaun Stribling, Jaden Bray and Talyn Shettron forced the Cowboys to play Johnson. He exploded in his week-nine debut against Cincinnati for five catches and 149 yards and has proved a vital part of OSU’s offense. Johnson is the biggest riser in the transfer portal rankings since September.



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Ben Hutchens and his twin brother Sam cover Oklahoma State for the Sellout Crowd. After a decade of living in the state, Ben finally feels justified in calling himself an Oklahoman. It is in Oklahoma where he turned an obsession with sports into a career. He collected bylines on all 16 Oklahoma State varsity sports during his time as a student writing for The O’Colly. He interned at the Stillwater News Press and covered high school football for the Tulsa World. Ben has won some storytelling awards but doesn’t remember them nearly as well as the people who have been impacted by his stories. You can reach him at [email protected] and continue the dialogue @Ben Hutchens_ on social media.

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