STILLWATER — Oklahoma State's Justin Blackmon may get the majority of the headlines for the Cowboys' receiving corps, but he'll have plenty of help in 2011.
A lot of that help will come from inside receivers Tracy Moore and Josh Cooper.
Moore and Cooper teamed up for nearly 1,000 yards receiving and six touchdowns in 2010 but should contribute even more in 2011 as defenses continue to key on Blackmon.
Do you remember the first time you met each other and what your first impressions were?
Moore: I thought he was a girl. The long curly hair got me. I was trying to figure out what this girl was doing playing football. Or either he was the kicker. One of the two.
Cooper: Man, I thought (Tulsa) Union, are you serious? Union and Mustang are coming together?
What is the most annoying thing about Tracy?
Cooper: He don't ever shut up. That's one annoying thing. He just keeps talking and talking and blabbering his mouth.
What is the most annoying thing about Josh?
Moore: He really doesn't too much that's annoying. He really doesn't talk. You got to beat him to talk. That's annoying to me. If I ask him a question, he really doesn't answer me. He just looks at me like I am going to answer my own question.
Cooper: What are you talking about?
Moore: That's the truth.
How are you the most alike?
Moore: I guess we are both considered not fast receivers. Because (Josh is) not the fastest receiver on the team and I'm not the fastest either. But I'm not the slowest.
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IR Josh Cooper
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