STILLWATER, Okla. – “Loyal and True” is a feature that details the stories of walk-on players and other key contributors to the Oklahoma State football program who embody what it means to be a Cowboy. This edition features an interview with Flower Mound, Texas native Brendan Fagan. His comments:
On his decision to walk-on at OSU "When I got accepted to the school, they had my major and everything, and I decided that I wanted to play at the next level. I never really got a shot to play in high school, and I figured I might as well try my luck here and walk-on, and if I make it, I make it. If I don't, then at least I can say I tried. Really, it was the thought that I could play at the next level. That's what made me decide to walk on."
On the walk-on process "We basically had to come in and fill out a lot of paperwork. Once we finally got everything cleared medically, we had to run a 40, jump a vertical, bench press 225 or 185, and then they took your height and weight. After that, it was about a week or so until you found out if you made it or not. One of the recruiting coaches would call you and say that you made it, and then you would go through a lot more paperwork and medical clearance after that."
On his excitement when he got the call "I was really excited when I got the call, because my freshman year, in 2011, I tried out and I didn't make it, so I figured I would try out in the Spring of 2012. When I found out, I was walking to class and I got the call. I was extremely happy. I called my family and I told a couple of friends from home. I was more anxious than anything to start working out and get on the field again."
On his family's reaction "They were really excited. I think they were more excited than I was, actually, when I told them about it."
On the daily life of a walk-on "We do the same thing that everyone else does. We wake up and go to weights. We go to class, put in work in the film room and are always trying to get better, just like anyone else on the team – scholarship player or not. The only difference is that we don't get training table, and that's about it. Other than that, everything is about the same."
On his personal goals "My personal goal is to hopefully get on the field within the remaining years of my eligibility. I just hope to play, really, whether it's on special teams or I get a couple of snaps in a game."