When Oklahoma State updated its roster last week, there was a lot of legacy on it.
Rylan McQuarters, son of former OSU wide receiver/defensive back/return man R.W. McQuarters, joins the Cowboys from NEO. OSU’s roster lists Rylan as a 5-foot-7, 173-pound receiver.
A dangerous return man in his own right, Rylan had 192 kick return yards and 120 punt return yards for the Norsemen in 2021.
Out of Booker T. Washington High School in Tulsa, Rylan was a three-star recruit in the 2018 recruiting class. He held offers from North Texas, Utah State and Stephen F. Austin before going to junior college route.
OSU lists him as a redshirt senior. Spring ball hasn’t even started yet, so it’d be hard to say whether OSU’s new McQuarters will factor too much into things in the 2022 season. But it’s cool regardless. It also serves as an opportunity to remind ourselves just how good R.W. was.
R.W. is tied for fifth in program history with 630 punt return yards and is fifth in OSU’s history with 1,186 kick return yards. He had an 82-yard punt return against Northeast Louisiana during the 1997 season, tied for the ninth-longest punt return in OSU’s history.
He was a First Team All-Big Eight defensive back in 1995 and a First Team All-Big 12 defensive back and returner in 1997. The San Francisco 49ers selected McQuarters with a first round pick in 1998. He played 11 seasons in the NFL, finishing his career with 483 total tackles, 14 interceptions (including three pick-sixes), 2,020 punt return yards, three punt return touchdowns and 1,369 kick return yards. He won a Super Bowl with the New York Giants in 2008.