OSU football spring position preview: With players both familiar and unknown, Cowboys prepared to reload at receiver
Oklahoma State started spring football season at 6 a.m. Tuesday, nearly three months to the day of its victory over Virginia Tech in the Camping World Bowl. The first time we will get to hear from Mike Gundy and OSU players (since the bowl game) will be after practice No. 3 on March 30.
Leading up to that, the Tulsa World will preview OSU’s spring roster, position by position, providing an outlook for a program looking to sustain success after the graduation of one of its best senior classes in the Gundy era.
Sr., 5-10, 170, Covington, La.
Last season: 50 receptions, 645 yards, 5 TD
So., 6-0, 198, Tulsa
Last season: 44 receptions, 576 yards, 6 TD
Jr., 6-1, 193, New Orleans
Last season: 18 receptions, 293 yards, 3 TD
So., 6-0, 185, Fort Worth, Texas
Last season: 7 receptions, 118 yards
So., 6-1, 182, Lancaster, Texas
Last season: 2 receptions, 68 yards
Redshirted last season
So., 6-6, 200, Oklahoma City
R-Fr., 6-0, 185, Fort Worth, Texas
R-Fr., 6-1, 195, Arlington, Texas
R-Fr., 6-3, 212, Garland, Texas
Who’s gone: James Washington (74 receptions, 1,549 yards, 13 TD), Marcell Ateman (59 receptions, 1,156 yards, 8 TD), Chris Lacy (20 receptions, 264 yards)
Who’s coming (in the summer): C.J. Moore (Fr., 6-5, 175, Tulsa), Jonathan Shepherd (Fr., 6-4, 195, Kilgore, Texas)
A lot gone, but plenty left
We know Oklahoma State was absurdly rich at wide receiver last season.
What the Cowboys have returning despite losing three potential NFL draft picks is exhibit A.
Jalen McCleskey, Dillon Stoner and Tyron Johnson each produced 100-yard performances in the second half of last season. McCleskey caught five passes for 109 yards at Iowa State. Stoner caught four for 113 against Kansas -- and caught a touchdown in each of the final four games. Johnson hauled in four passes for 118 yards and two scores in Bedlam.
Three players, all capable of catches 50 passes or going for 1,000 yards in 2018. And that doesn’t include Tylan Wallace, the elite prospect who played his way onto the field as a true freshman.
That quartet will lead the way for OSU as it tries to lessen the effect of losing two 1,000-yard receivers.
One thing’s for sure: Whomever wins the starting job at quarterback will still have plenty of playmakers to work with.
Kasey Dunn was named FootballScoop’s wide receivers coach of the year after last season.
That had to do with the immense production on the field. But the value Dunn has to OSU is apparent this spring, with a group of redshirts ready and waiting for their first crack at playing time.
Patrick McKaufman and LC Greenwood, at 6-foot-6 and 6-foot-3, look like obvious candidates as red-zone targets for Oklahoma State’s next quarterback.
Braydon Johnson is a speedster who could also play his way into the mix at outside receiver. And Tracin Wallace moves over from quarterback to receiver, where he joins his brother in the position room.
Quarterback: Is it Taylor Cornelius’ time?
Running back: Justice Hill has plenty of help