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Oklahoma State football awards Parker Robertson a scholarship via video

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STILLWATER — With a highlight video and a special phone call from Oklahoma State football coach Mike Gundy, Parker Robertson learned he was no longer a walk-on.

Robertson is a consistent player on special teams and has also spent time on defense. Over the last two seasons, he appeared in 26 games and recorded 20 tackles. As a redshirt sophomore, he had 13 tackles, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery in 14 games – all of which contributed to him earning a scholarship.

“We’d like to give you a scholarship — it’s long overdue,” Gundy said in the video sent to Robertson while he was with his family. “You’re trustworthy, you’re loyal, you’re a tough guy. They are what Oklahoma State football is all about. I'm very proud of you and happy for you, man.

“We are thrilled to be able to offer you a scholarship.”

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Before joining the Cowboys, Robertson was ready to retire from football near the end of his high school career.

His older brother had attended Oklahoma State University, and Robertson was considering the same path, without football as an option.

But halfway through his senior year of high school at Dallas Christian, OSU offered him a preferred transfer spot and he jumped at the opportunity.

After redshirting in 2021, Robertson has been a reliable contributor on special teams the past two years.