One of Oklahoma State’s biggest concerns heading into the season was depth in the secondary. Especially, as Ramon Richards, the Pokes only returning corner with experience, was moved to safety. The Pokes were set to rely on some young corners.
Enter Clemson graduate transfer Adrian Baker. Coach Gundy landed Baker back in April, to help shore up any depth concerns. Baker brought a lot of experience with him. Experience very few get. He was part of Clemson’s National Championship team last year, though he sat the season out recovering from a torn ACL. In 2015, he played in 13 games where he earned three interceptions.
As expected, Baker had provided the Pokes with depth this season, though he was not able to break into the starting role. He had played in six games so far this season, and recorded six tackles. However, those will be his final stats as a Cowboy since Baker is no longer part of the team. He did not travel with the team to Morgantown last week.
Gundy announced on Monday that Baker and the team have mutually parted ways, which sounds a lot like Baker wasn’t happy in Stillwater and the coaching staff wasn’t all that upset to see him go.
Still, whether the coaching staff tried to keep him in Stillwater or not, losing Baker will affect the Cowboy’s depth. Baker also makes the second corner the Pokes have lost this season. Corner Madre Harper was kicked off the team in September for violating team rules.
Moving forward, the Cowboys will continue to rely on sophomore A.J. Green and redshirt freshman Rodarius Williams, who have earned the starting roles.
Despite the youth and depth concerns, Oklahoma State’s secondary has played well so far this season. The Cowboys rank 35th in opponent passing yards per attempt and fifth in the country in passing touchdowns allowed.