Most Important Newcomers: 4 Tyler Patmon

Tyler Patmon (33) hits Josh Stewart.

Who are the youngsters from the Oklahoma State team - either a first-year player, a redshirt freshman or a transfer who has not played a regular role as a starter, backup who saw significant minutes or on special teams - capable of making significant contributions this fall? Robert Allen ranks the top 10 players in this feature. Check back daily to see the countdown from No. 10 to No. 1.

No. 4
Tyler Patmon, CB
5-10, 190, Sr.
Round Rock (Vista Ridge), Texas/Univ. of Kansas

There won't be many kind words passed along from Lawrence, Kan., about Patmon. But all the three-year starter did at Kansas was excel as a nickel back and at the corner position with a career total of 146 tackles, 103 unassisted, and six interceptions. Three of the picks and 58 of the tackles came last season. He is also a two-time first-team All-Big 12 Academics honoree.

Oklahoma State recruited Patmon out of high school in the Austin suburb of Round Rock and his dad played at Central Oklahoma. Both of his grandfathers playing college football as well, one at Oklahoma State and the other at OU. How do you think that plays out at family reunions or gatherings? Patmon and his OSU grandfather will be outnumbered as two uncles played at OU as well.

The value of adding Patmon to the roster is crystal clear as veteran Justin Gilbert holds down one corner and two talented sophomores in Kevin Peterson and Ashton Lampkin form the two deep on the other side. Patmon brings experienced depth to the defense and can play either side and also jump in as a nickel or dime player. He could also bring a veteran presence to special teams too.

Another huge bonus is that he is familiar with the Big 12 opposition. He has to have a confidence level that will help the team as he is coming off a really solid season on a defense that played better than their 1-11 team record last season.

KU defensive coordinator Dave Campo is an excellent coach that specializes in coaching up players in the secondary and Patmon should have soaked up some of that last season. It is really good that he did not take long to blend in and fit in during the workouts this summer.

This is a really important pick up for Oklahoma State that can't be expected but is extremely welcomed. Patmon can be the kind of difference maker in the defense that really helps that media poll projection come true.

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