Oklahoma State’s defense wouldn’t be the same without DeQuinton Osborne.
The redshirt senior has 17 tackles, 3 sacks and a fumble recovery. He’s a run-stopper, pass-rusher and all-around terror on the defensive line.
Mark Cooper of the Tulsa World profiled Osborne’s rise to excellence. The tackle’s success stems from a realization that he can control his own destiny.
“For me, it was just self discipline,” Osborne said. “ And like I said earlier, just walking on my own two feet. Just knowing that ain’t nobody going to do it for me. I’ve got to get it done.”
He had a rough time at his first school, Missouri, where he wound up leaving the program.
“I realized that when I was at Missouri I had it all laid out for me and I kind of threw that away myself,” he said.
At Oklahoma State, Osborne is maximizing his potential. He’s not wasting his opportunities. He has a unique style, in that he stands 6-foot-flat and weighs 305 pounds, but has one of the quickest first steps in the Big 12.
All of that has added up to a fantastic season for Osborne. And in a conference with potent offenses, Oklahoma State needs him to continue to wreak havoc on the opposition.
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