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Oklahoma State’s Jordan Brailford undergoes shoulder surgery, may be back before opener

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The injury-plagued career of Jordan Brailford (pictured, right) in Stillwater is apparently showing no signs of slowing down.

While the football program has yet to confirm it, Oklahoma State’s student newspaper, the Daily O’Collegian, has reported that Brailford has undergone a surgical procedure to repair unspecified damage in his shoulder. The Oklahoman subsequently confirmed the initial report.

It’s expected that the surgery will sideline the redshirt junior defensive lineman for up to four months, which would put him back in time to participate in the latter portions of summer camp. The Oklahoman notes that, via a team source, “Brailford’s availability for the opener depends on how quickly he heals and strengthens the shoulder.”

OU opens the 2017 season against Tulsa Sept. 2, although that game could be moved to Aug. 31.

A three-star 2014 signee, Brailford took a redshirt his true freshman season after suffering a fractured tibia. After playing in 10 games the following season, he missed all of 2016 because of a stress fracture in his foot.

He’s already received a medical hardship waiver for one of those seasons.

Oklahoma State’s bowl rings seem to forget Pokes lost to Central Michigan

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Remember that early season upset Central Michigan pulled don the road against Oklahoma State? The one that was ruled in favor of Central Michigan despite later being confirmed to have been blown by officials from both the Big 12 and MAC? Either Oklahoma State forgot about it too, or they never truly honored that game as a loss. Rings celebrating an Alamo Bowl victory have the season’s record etched into the side, reading 11-2.

Oklahoma State lost three games (Central Michigan, Baylor and Oklahoma). Take one wild guess which one most likely was given the revisionist history.

Central Michigan stunned Oklahoma State on a last-second game-winning touchdown that never should have happened. The Hail Mary came off an untimed down after officials on the field botched the clock on an Oklahoma State penalty. After Mason Rudolph threw the ball away in an attempt to run out the clock with four seconds to play, Rudolph was called for intentional grounding and Central Michigan was given an untimed down. According to the rules, the game should have been called following the penalty without giving Central Michigan a play to run on offense. In the days after the controversial ending, both the Big 12 and MAC released separate statements confirming their conferences’ officials in the replay booth or on the field missed making the correct call, but the results of the game remained in place.

The game will forever live in the record books as a loss for Oklahoma State, but years from now the rings will tell a different story.

Oklahoma State launches cryptic Heisman campaign for Mason Rudolph

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Whoever is responsible for the social media content and Pr work at Oklahoma State may have just gotten to work after watching “National Treasure” or “Indiana Jones,” because the teaser for a Heisman Trophy campaign for quarterback Mason Rudolph needed a decoder ring to figure things out.

I did not spend time trying to figure this one out, although I had a slight hunch. Thankfully, others on Twitter were able to crack the code shared by Oklahoma State on Twitter. Each letter in the message is two letters of the alphabet removed from the intended letter. Once you work through the secret message, you unveil the message “Mason Rudolph for Heisman.”

And there you go. The Heisman Trophy campaign season is officially underway in Stillwater. This year’s Heisman race should be a fun one with a number of talented players returning to the field this season, including Rudolph. When Bovada released their Heisman Trophy odds in late February, Rudolph was given a 14/1 shot to become Oklahoma State’s second Heisman Trophy winner in school history, joining Barry Sanders.

Rudolph passed for 4,091 yards and 28 touchdowns with just four interceptions.

Oklahoma State wins out over Auburn, Texas Tech for Cal grad transfer Aaron Cochran

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For the second day in a row, Oklahoma State is the landing spot for a Power Five graduate transfer.

On his personal Twitter account Wednesday morning, Aaron Cochran announced that he’ll “be continuing my collegiate football career at Oklahoma State University.” Late last month, the 6-8, 350-pound offensive lineman had whittled his transfer to-do list down to OSU, Auburn and Texas Tech.

In early February, Cochran announced that he would be transferring from Cal.

Cochran started 16 of the 28 games in which he played during his Cal career. A full 10 of those starts came this past season.

Tuesday, defensive back Adrian Baker, a graduate transfer from Clemson, confirmed that he had picked OSU over Houston and UCF.  Both Baker and Cochran will be eligible to play immediately for the Cowboys in 2017.

Clemson grad transfer CB opts for Oklahoma State over Houston, UCF

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That certainly didn’t take long.

Earlier today, it was reported that Adrian Baker (pictured, center) had whittled his transfer to-do list down to Oklahoma State, Houston and UCF.  This evening, the former Clemson defensive back has confirmed to Jake Trotter of ESPN.com that he has made a decision as to where he’ll continue his collegiate playing career — the Big 12 OSU.

“I think they have an opportunity to compete for a national championship,” Baker told Trotter. “I’m hoping I can come in there and help.”

Baker will be eligible to play immediately as a graduate transfer for the secondary-needy Cowboys.  The 2017 season will, barring an unexpected bid for a sixth year from the NCAA, be his final season of eligibility.

A three-star member of Clemson’s 2013 recruiting class, Baker took a redshirt as a true freshman before playing in four games the following season.  He started three of 13 games in 2015, intercepting a pair of passes in the process.

Expected to contend for a starting job in 2016, Baker instead missed the Tigers run to a title last season because of a knee injury sustained in spring practice.  In early February, Baker opted to transfer from the reigning national champions.