STILLWATER — With the Cowboys' opener against Washington State less than two weeks away, Oklahoma State still has plenty to accomplish before it's ready to begin the football season. Here's a look at the five most important things OSU must accomplish during its final two weeks of preseason practices. →1. Do its best to address depth concerns at receiver and linebacker. OSU's starting receivers, Justin Blackmon, Josh Cooper, Tracy Moore and Hubert Anyiam, are solid, but the Pokes need at least eight receivers to run Dana Holgorsen's offense. OSU has lost three scholarship middle linebackers for the season before the first snap. What can be done, you ask? Well, at receiver, the Cowboys have talented athletes. They just need some players to step up, accept the challenge and be consistent. At linebacker, OSU will have to plan as if it is going to have to play without Orie Lemon at some point. One possibility is Justin Gent sliding over to middle linebacker and LeRon Furr replacing Gent when Lemon needs a break. →2. Finalize the offensive line. This is probably not as big a concern as it normally would be because of one man: offensive line coach Joe Wickline. The Cowboys have talented players up front. With Wickline molding them — in addition to the new offense making it easier to slide in four new starters — OSU should be fine, especially once Big 12 play begins. Expect Wickline to continue to tinker with the line as he tries to find the top five guys. Center Grant Garner, guard Lane Taylor and left tackle Nick Martinez likely have the inside track as starters. →3. Improve the leadership on offense. During his post-scrimmage comments, after the Pokes' offense struggled on Saturday, OSU head coach Mike Gundy's words spoke volumes. "We needed somebody to step up and show leadership on that side of the ball.” One of the strengths of OSU's team in 2009 was the leadership of several seniors. Clearly, Gundy needs to see improvement from the 2010 version. As the quarterback, Brandon Weeden will be expected to lead when things go poorly. →4. Figure out ways to take advantage of the depth at running back. OSU already had good depth at running back heading into camp, then true freshman Joseph Randle made it clear that he was simply too good to keep on the sideline. Don't forget, Kendall Hunter is arguably the most overlooked offensive weapon in the nation heading into the season. Getting Hunter on the field at the same time as some of the other standout running backs —Jeremy Smith, Travis Miller and Randle — similar to the way Houston used its two standout running backs last season under Holgorsen, could make the offense more explosive and consistent. →5. Explore ways to get Justin Gilbert on the field. Gilbert has been the talk of fall practices with his exceptional speed. He's displayed playmaking ability in practices while proving he's more than just a speedster. Gilbert is a potential playmaker. A potential problem is the fact he's playing a new position at cornerback (he played quarterback in high school), and it is his first semester on campus. You don't want to overload him no matter how talented he his. But Gilbert's 80-yard punt return on Saturday proves he should be given every opportunity to be the No. 1 option on kick and punt returns until he proves otherwise.