SAN ANTONIO — Jhajuan Seales beat two defenders for a takeaway grab 44 yards downfield, immediately setting off a Twitter storm of comparisons to the guy formerly known as No. 81, Justin Blackmon.
And that was well after Seales, OSU's new No. 81, got the Cowboys started toward a 56-35 rout of UTSA with his 10-yard scoring catch from J.W. Walsh early in the first quarter; and but one of his team-high seven receptions.
And it was mixed around Brandon Sheperd's breakout game that included five catches for 73 yards and a score.
And mixed, too, among Marcell Ateman's four receptions for 40 yards.
We've heard about OSU's A-listers at receiver, Josh Stewart and Tracy Moore, and those guys are still doing their things. But we've heard about the kids who are coming, too.
And Saturday we saw.
“I knew they had the ability to do all that stuff they did today,” said Stewart, who had a good day of his own with five catches, 97 yards and a touchdown. “None of it was shocking. Jhajuan Seales, Brandon Sheperd, they do what they do.”
And the plan is to accentuate what they do.
Saturday served as an opportunity to put the kid corps of receivers in position to gain experience, comfort and confidence.
Consider it an opportunity seized, with the trio combining for 15 catches, 200 yards and two touchdowns.
“I mentioned in August that I felt like we had some young receivers who could make plays,” said Cowboys coach Mike Gundy. “But they just don't have any experience. Those three guys haven't even played enough to talk about.
“We hope that as they progress during their career and as the season progresses and we get into Big 12 play, they'll gain valuable experience. There's really no substitute for playing in games.”
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