Receiver Hubert Anyiam was expected to be the top target for quarterback Brandon Weeden in Oklahoma State's offense this season.
Three games into 2010, Justin Blackmon has seized that role as Anyiam worked to return from a foot injury suffered during spring football. Blackmon has 24 receptions for 431 yards and eight touchdowns.
The Cowboys offense is built on reps, so Anyiam, who wasn't full speed throughout much of fall camp, has a ways to go before he develops that continuity with Weeden.
"I can call a play but I can't tell Brandon where to throw it," offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen said. "He's going to throw it based on what they do and based on confidence in specific guys, and he has a bunch of confidence in Justin."
If Anyiam can gain similar confidence from Weeden — and the resulting production — that Blackmon already possesses, it will raise the ceiling for OSU's offense even higher.
Against Tulsa, Anyiam looked close to 100 percent for the first time this season, and Weeden looked his way three times, connecting twice. The junior finished with three catches for 62 yards and two touchdowns.
Only Blackmon (8) and Josh Cooper (4) had more targets (intended passes) from Weeden than Anyiam's three targets.