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Oklahoma State football: Cowboys linebacker Malcolm Rodriguez to return for fifth season

Oklahoma State received a big boost for the 2021 season.

Senior linebacker Malcolm Rodriguez is returning for a fifth season, he told Pokes Report and the OSU radio pregame show ahead of Tuesday’s Cheez-It Bowl against Miami.

A 5-foot-11, 220-pound Wagoner product, Rodriguez has been a model of consistency in the middle of the Cowboys’ defense.

He moved to linebacker last season and led the team with 103 tackles, which was fourth in the Big 12. He was named the team’s Leslie O’Neal Award winner, which is given to the defensive MVP.

This season, Rodriguez is second on the team with 73 tackles. He also has three sacks, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.

Rodriguez began his career as a safety.

The NCAA granted an extra year of eligibility to all players due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Rodriguez likely won’t be the only OSU player to take advantage of the extra year.

Other Cowboys stars have elected to go to the NFL, though. Chuba Hubbard, Teven Jenkins and Rodarius Williams have all elected to prepare for the draft. Dillon Stoner also announced that the bowl game would be his last.

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<strong>OSU's Malcolm Rodriguez poses for a photo during the Oklahoma State Cowboys football media days at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]</strong>

OSU's Malcolm Rodriguez poses for a photo during the Oklahoma State Cowboys football media days at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]

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Jacob Unruh is a graduate of Northeastern State University. He was born in Cherokee and raised near Vera where he attended Caney Valley High School.During his tenure at NSU, Unruh wrote for The Northeastern (NSU's student newspaper), the... Read more ›

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