Oklahoma State’s Sav­age opts to stay in col­lege an­other year

Sav­age chooses to by­pass NFL draft

The Covington News - - Sports - By Murray Evans

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.

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