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OSU football: Chandler Anthony happy to share final season with his younger brother

STILLWATER — Chandler Anthony was finished with football.

The 6-foot-7, 300-pound offensive tackle had his degree from North Texas and was ready to move on with life, get a job and leave his last season of college ball on the table.

By the time he finished his final semester of college in May, businesses were in COVID-19 crisis mode. He worked a few different jobs through the summer, but nothing that lent itself to the use of his business degree.

Then he recently got a text message from his younger brother, Hunter Anthony, a redshirt sophomore offensive tackle at Oklahoma State.

The Cowboy offensive line had been hit hard by departures since the middle of the summer, beginning with the retirement of starter Dylan Galloway in July and followed by the dismissal of two more players in early August.

Hunter wanted his brother to come to Stillwater and help add some depth to the thinning Cowboy front.

“At first, I didn’t think it was a serious request,” said Chandler, who will officially become a Cowboy this week, joining the program as a graduate transfer. “As soon as I found out he was serious, I decided it would be pretty cool to come back. I guess a lot of people can’t stay away for long. The bug bites you and it’s hard to let it go.”

Chandler had left the team at North Texas in March — an amicable departure — and didn’t realize until he got deeper into conversations with Hunter that the path to OSU would require a pit stop on the NCAA transfer portal.

When a 6-7, 300-pound offensive tackle shows up on the portal, programs get interested real quick.

Chandler played in every game, making one start for North Texas last season, so some other Group of 5 programs reached out. Same with some Football Championship Subdivision and D-II schools.

“Teams that needed help on the offensive line reached out,” Chandler said. “There were some good opportunities, but it wasn’t something that I was seriously considering, so I told them all the only reason I did this was to play with my brother for my last year.

“I feel like I’ve accomplished what I wanted to with football. I got my degree. I’ve done what I intended to do, and now, it’s more about the memories. It’s about making sure that I don’t look back and have any regrets.”

Chandler and Hunter last played on the same team in the fall of 2015 at Tuttle High.

Chandler has been staying in shape, working out with a bodybuilder friend and taking up running for leisure through a job at Red Coyote Running and Fitness.

But he knows it will take some time to get in football shape. He knows he won’t show up at Monday’s practice and start competing for a spot on the depth chart.

“There’s nothing that gets you ready for colliding with other big human bodies other than just doing it,” he said.

Joining a program two weeks before its season opener leaves the odds stacked against him to get on the field.

Still, Chandler feels like he has something to offer the team, even if he’s not playing on Saturdays.

“This decision came with no expectations,” he said. “I’m here to work as hard as I can. I’m really here for my brother. He started a few games last year and he’s doing a great job.

“Even if I can just be on the sideline and know the lingo, know how they do things here… be like an extra coach and give them some feedback. I feel like I have a lot to offer in that regard, having played for four years and having learned a lot about the game.

“And then I’ll try to get my body back into shape and try to be ready if they need me.”

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<strong>New Oklahoma State offensive lineman Chandler Anthony (74) transferred from North Texas. [Photo courtesy of North Texas Athletics]</strong>

New Oklahoma State offensive lineman Chandler Anthony (74) transferred from North Texas. [Photo courtesy of North Texas Athletics]

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Scott Wright

A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and... Read more ›

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