January 22, 2013

2013 Positional Outlook: Receivers

Welcome to the most confusing positional group on Oklahoma State's team in 2013.
And yes, I think it will be worse than the quarterbacks.

Trying to figure out who will be getting playing time at the wide receiver positions is about as easy as figuring out the combination to a bank safe. If you had told me Blake Webb and Austin Hays would get major playing time in 2012, I would've called you crazy, yet Mike Gundy & Co. threw them to the fire and they held his own.

This year, it could be more of the same.

Key Losses

Isaiah Anderson: 22 receptions, 407 yards, 4 TD

Justin Horton: 3 receptions, 59 yards

Outlook: This may be Oklahoma State's strongest position going into 2013, as not only do they have the veterans, but also the young guys with a lot of experience last season.

They return Tracy Moore who Gundy called "The best player on the team" in 2012 before he had a season-ending injury that allowed for him to get a medical redshirt and return this fall. Moore's extra season is huge for the Cowboys, and it showed in his explosion of a game at Arizona where he pulled down four touchdown passes from then-starter Wes Lunt.
Moore isn't the only good thing, however, as the leading OSU receiver from 2012 is back for his junior campaign. Josh Stewart, who some are calling one of the most underrated players in the conference, grabbed 101 receptions for 1,210 yards and 7 touchdowns last season, and did a great job of filling 2011 senior Josh Cooper's role as the go-to guy underneath.

Outside of Moore and Stewart is a slew of solid receivers, including the monster target Blake Jackson who struggled with drops last season. The 6'3 receiver only hauled in 30 receptions, but managed just under 600 yards and 3 touchdowns on them, and was a big-play threat nearly every time he touched the ball as the Pokes loved him running the seam from the inside slot position.

Charlie Moore is another intriguing receiver, as he built quite a name for himself last spring before becoming a solid role player on 2012's squad. Not only did he account for 6 touchdowns and 542 yards, but also contributed in the punt return game.

There's also rumors of a return for Michael Harrison after he and the team parted ways last offseason, but nothing has been confirmed right now.

The list goes on and on, and includes guys like Webb and Hays all over it. You'll also likely see a few names pop up that you haven't heard since recruiting. C.J. Curry is one that could make some contributions at some point after missing last season with a shoulder injury, along with Torrance Carr, who served as Jackon's backup after missing a few early games recovering from a foot injury.

Keep an eye out for Jhajuan Seales, Christian Schroeder and John Goodlett at the inside receiver spot as well.

As far as new guys in this year's recruiting class that could make appearances go, it's kind of tough to tell. Judging by tapes alone, Fred Ross, Ra'Shaad Samples and maybe Marcell Ateman look to be the most advanced receivers in the class.

Those guys could grab a few snaps in the fall here and there, however it may not happen as this receivers group is more stacked than last season's, and the injuries they sustained last season aren't likely to happen again this year.

I don't see much changing between now and the starters this fall, but the real thing to watch will be how the backups rank on the depth chart considering OSU loves to go two and sometimes three-deep to conserve stamina and energy.

After examining it, one thing is for sure. Oklahoma State may be in a better position than any team in the country as far as receivers go, and it really isn't even close.

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