Who will be OSU's go-to receiver vs. Iowa State?
Berry Tramel: Blake Jackson
Blake Jackson came to OSU as a ballyhooed receiver — and played like it. The junior-college transfer had seven catches for 105 yards against Arizona, then five catches for 112 yards against Louisiana-Lafayette.
But in a 41-36 loss to Texas, Jackson had just one catch for 26 yards. Then in a 20-14 win at Kansas, Jackson had just one catch for 16 yards.
Jackson is big — 6-foot-3, 235 pounds. Early problems with dropped passes have dissolved. The guy clearly can catch the ball. It's time the Cowboys returned to Jackson, especially since he plays in the slot, where it's much easier to get him the ball.
Gina Mizell: Josh Stewart
Even with Tracy Moore and Isaiah Anderson completely healthy, Josh Stewart has been the Cowboys' most consistent receiver this season. He leads the team in catches (29) and yards (365) and ranks second with three touchdowns.
Stewart is a shifty guy who can bounce off potential tacklers and turn a short or intermediate throw into a long gain. And his ability to find open space in the middle of the defense will be key against Iowa State's dynamite linebacker duo of Jake Knott and A.J. Klein. And, of course, if J.W. Walsh gets the start at quarterback again, he and Stewart already have that chemistry from their high school football days.
With several inconsistencies in the OSU passing game this season, Stewart has been the most reliable. He will need to be that way against the Cyclones in order for the Cowboys to have a balanced offense.