It looks like the Cowboys’ running back depth took a hit less than two weeks before Oklahoma State’s Fiesta Bowl matchup against Notre Dame.
On Tuesday, Matt Zenitz of On3 Sports reported that Cowboy rusher Dezmon Jackson had entered NCAA’s transfer portal.
Jackson was the Cowboys’ fourth-leading rusher this season, taking 48 handoffs for 139 yards and two touchdowns. The former junior college transfer was a touted playmaker when he arrived on campus in 2019, but he has battled injuries throughout his OSU tenure. He missed most of 2019 and six games early this season.
In 2020, Jackson was his most productive, trailing only Chuba Hubbard among Cowboy rushers and finished with 547 yards and four touchdowns. He had a career day against Texas Tech last season, rushing for 235 yards and three touchdowns.
Jackson joins defensive tackle Jayden Jernigan and offensive tackle Hunter Anthony as Cowboys looking to make use of the portal since OSU’s Big 12 Championship appearance against Baylor.
Jaylen Warren, who missed the Big 12 title game, is expected to be available for the Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 2, as are sophomore RB Dominic Richardson and freshman Jaden Nixon.
As for next season, there is a possibility LD Brown could return for another season with a medical redshirt to join Richardson and Nixon in the backfield. OSU also signed a pair of four-star running backs last week in Ollie Gordon and CJ Brown.
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