Oklahoma State’s Savage opts to stay in college another year
Savage chooses to bypass NFL draft
STILLWATER, Okla. — Dantrell Savage hopes that by taking the road less traveled, NFL scouts will take notice.
It’s become routine for highprofile prospects to drop out of college and focus on preparing for the NFL draft and a potential pro payday. But Savage ignored advice from his agent and instead decided to take 19 hours this semester at Oklahoma State so that he can graduate with a bachelor’s degree in education.
In doing so, the senior from Columbus, Ga., showed practical side.
“I stayed here because there was no reason to go anywhere else to spend money,” Savage said this week at Oklahoma State’s annual pro day. “You can pocket that, just keep it for rainy days to help your family out.”
Savage is working with the Cowboys’ strength and conditioning coach, Rob Glass, to prepare for the April 26-27 draft.
Before making his decision to remain in Stillwater, Savage spoke with another former Oklahoma State running back, Vernand Morency of the Green Bay Packers. Morency also opted to
his stay in school before the 2005 draft, when he was taken by the Houston Texans.
According to an analysis of Savage on the NFL scouting combine Web site, scouts like his quickness and straight-line speed and note he is a solid blocker, both in pass protection and in the open field.
Savage — who transferred to Oklahoma State from Mississippi Gulf Coast Junior College — rushed for 1,272 yards and scored nine touchdowns last season for the Cowboys, earning first-team All-Big 12 honors. He also caught 27 passes for 259 yards and two touchdowns.