The Cowboys’ leading tackler has entered the transfer portal.
Mason Cobb, a linebacker with 96 tackles in his first season as a starter, announced his intentions to enter the portal on Saturday afternoon. Cobb also led Oklahoma State with 13 tackles for loss and was second on the team with 11 quarterback hurries.
“First and foremost I want to thank Oklahoma State University, Coach (Mike) Gundy, Beni Tonga and the rest of the coaching staff for blessing me with the opportunity to play the game I love,” Cobb wrote. “Thank you to all my teammates who I can now call brothers. We’ve grown tight and I’m very grateful for the time I’ve spent with you all. I want to thank the fans and freinds I’ve made for all the love they’ve shown me in my time at OSU. The Cowboy culture is real and strong.
“I will forever be grateful for my time in Stillwater. After long conversations with my family members and mentors, I would like to announce that I have officially entered the transfer portal with two years of eligibility left. I will always be a Cowboy at heart. It’s time for me to move onto the next chapter in my life and make the decision that’s best for me.”
Listed at 6-foot, 230 pounds, Cobb signed with the Cowboys out of Provo, Utah in the 2020 class over offers from Arizona, Louisville and others.
Spending time behind Malcolm Rodriguez, Cobb made two tackles as a true freshman in 2020 before making eight (including a sack) as a sophomore.
He was the heir apparent at linebacker when Rodriguez was drafted into the NFL, and Cobb produced, wracking up three double-digit tackle games in his first season as a starter, including a career-high 16 against TCU.
Assuming Cobb won’t play in OSU’s bowl game, that leaves a hole OSU linebackers coach Joe Bob Clements will have to fill. Redshirt senior Lamont Bishop is listed as Cobb’s backup on OSU’s most recent depth chart. Nick Martin’s snaps will also likely increase.
OSU has one linebacker committed in its 2023 class in Kennedale, Texas standout Poasa Utu. The Cowboys have also recently sent out an offer to Tulsa transfer Justin Wright, who could be a more realistic plug-and-play option for 2023.