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OSU football: Jalen McCleskey to redshirt, transfer from Cowboy program

OSU football: Jalen McCleskey to redshirt, transfer from Cowboy program

Oklahoma State wide receiver Jalen McCleskey runs the ball during a college football game in Stillwater, Okla., Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Brody Schmidt)

STILLWATER – Jalen McCleskey will redshirt and transfer from the Oklahoma State football team, coach Mike Gundy announced Monday.

McCleskey, a senior slot receiver, is sixth in Cowboy history for receptions (167), ninth in touchdown receptions (17) and ninth in receptions per game (3.88).

“He didn’t feel like he was getting the ball enough,” Gundy said. “He is going to save his year, sit and transfer to another school.

“(McCleskey) did not feel good about us getting the ball to him.”

This season, McCleskey played in OSU’s first four games and had 15 catches, the second-highest total on the team, for 155 yards and two touchdowns. Against Texas Tech, his four receptions were the second most by an OSU player.

McCleskey has more catches during his career than any current Cowboy receiver.

Because of the new NCAA redshirt rules, McCleskey can redshirt because he played in OSU’s first four games. He will be allowed to transfer freely to any school.

OSU (3-1 overall, 0-1 Big 12) returns to action at 11 a.m. Saturday against Kansas in Lawrence.

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Cameron Jourdan has covered Oklahoma State athletics since January 2017. He has written for The Oklahoman, The Tuscaloosa News and the Stillwater News Press, among others. Follow Cameron on Twitter: @Cam_Jourdan

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