Flow­ers is a `ham­mer' for Cow­boys de­fense

OSU FOOT­BALL • Se­nior safety lead­ing team in tack­les

Tulsa World - - Sports - By Ken­drick Marshall

STILL­WA­TER — Tre Flow­ers needed a break.

Dur­ing a four-play se­quence dur­ing the sea­son opener against Tulsa, the se­nior safety was in­volved in tak­ing down a ball car­rier four times.

“I made four tack­les in a row,” he said with a laugh. “I was tired. I was like, `Where's Sterns at?'”

For­mer Ok­la­homa State safety Jor­dan Sterns was nowhere to be found that night, but Flow­ers — in his first sea­son at free safety in place of his good friend — has filled in ad­mirably at the po­si­tion.

Through five games, Flow­ers is tied for the team lead with 25 to­tal tack­les and is third with 18 solo stops.

“It's just a mind­set. I go into each game think­ing I'm go­ing to make the most tack­les,” said Flow­ers.

For Flow­ers, who has 225 ca­reer tack­les, he was pre­pared to make the tran­si­tion to the re­quired phys­i­cal role of the po­si­tion.

In the off­sea­son, he added eight pounds of mus­cle to his long frame, picked the brains of fel­low free safeties and spent hours in the film room study­ing the trade of play­ing down­hill.

“The po­si­tion is a lit­tle more in­stinc­tive, that's what Sterns Bay­lor at No. 14 Ok­la­homa State 2:30 p.m. Satur­day, FS1

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