After further review, back-to-back 1,000-yard rusher Sean Tyler won’t be at Oklahoma State next season.
Tyler, a Western Michigan transfer, announced via Twitter on Friday that instead of attending OSU for his final season of college football, he will transfer to Minnesota. Tyler initially committed to OSU on Dec. 12 after taking a visit to Stillwater.
“I would like to thank Oklahoma State University and the coaches for giving me an opportunity to further my career,” Tyler wrote. “After some deep thinking and talking with my family, I will not be attending OSU. With that being said I’ll be finishing my collegiate career at the University of Minnesota.”
Tyler ran for 2,177 yards and 16 touchdowns the past two seasons at Western Michigan.
The Cowboys still have options at running back. Ollie Gordon is set to return for his sophomore season after a promising freshman year where he ran for 308 yards and a pair of scores. Jaden Nixon and Deondre Jackson also return after combining to run for 315 yards in 2022.
The Cowboys lost starting running back Dominic Richardson to the transfer portal this offseason. After running for a team-best 543 yards and eight touchdowns in nine games last season, Richardson will play at Baylor in 2023.
This moves OSU down to 10 portal commitments (11 if you count JUCO corner Lardarius Webb). Tyler was the only running back the Cowboys had committed out of the portal. OSU also hasn’t brought in a high school running back in this class.