Flowers is a `hammer' for Cowboys defense
OSU FOOTBALL • Senior safety leading team in tackles
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