STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) - Oklahoma State sophomore running back Mike Hamilton is transferring to Division 1-AA Georgia Southern after losing his starting job during the season. Hamilton was the Big 12 Offensive Newcomer of the Year as a freshman and was named second-team All-Big 12 after rushing more than 900 yards.
The 6-foot-1, 215-pound Hamilton, from Melbourne, Florida, started seven games this season and gained 546 yards before a knee injury sidelined him and Dantrell Savage won the starting job. Hamilton fell to third string behind Savage and freshman Keith Toston and had no carries in four of O-S-U's last six games and gained only 57 more yards.
The Cowboys are also losing backup quarterback Al Pena. Pena, a junior in eligibility, is on schedule to graduate this spring and expected to either transfer or begin his coaching career under his father, a high school coach in Texas.