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For OSU receiver Hubert Anyiam, Texas A&M again signals it's time to step up

Oklahoma State receiver Hubert Anyiam used last year's game against Texas A&M to jump-start his season. He'll be looking to do the same Thursday night in the Cowboys' Big 12 Conference football opener.
by John Helsley Modified: September 29, 2010 at 8:14 pm •  Published: September 29, 2010

/articleid/3499772/1/pictures/1160993">Photo - Hubert Anyiam and the Cowboys face Texas A&M Thursday night. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Hubert Anyiam and the Cowboys face Texas A&M Thursday night. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

"He was the leading receiver on this team last year," Holgorsen said. "He's got ability."

An added and often overlooked aspect of Anyiam's game is his presence as a willing and physical downfield blocker in the run game.

"So he brings a lot to the table," said Cowboys coach Mike Gundy.

The road back from the injury was trying. While the rest of the Cowboys learned the new offense of coordinator Dana Holgorsen and perfected the routes during the summer, Anyiam rehabbed and watched.

"Hubert had a tough summer," said Cowboys coach Mike Gundy. "Our guys do most of their conditioning in the summer. He didn't get any of that. So he had to play catch-up."

Said Anyiam: "That's been the big thing holding me back these last couple of months. My foot has been a pain. When it's not 100 percent, I just can't play the way I want to play."

How the injury occurred is equally frustrating, even now.

"It's one of the most ridiculous injuries I've ever seen in my life," Anyiam said. "I was just jumping for a fade (pass) at practice. Nobody was touching me. I came down on it and heard something pop. The trainers thought it was just a regular sprained ankle.

"I came in the treatment room, my foot was swollen real big. They found out it was a freak injury. It was like the ACL of the foot."

Still, Anyiam pushed himself to return ahead of schedule, which originally was set for tonight. And after minor moments in OSU's first two games, he caught three passes for 62 yards and his first two touchdowns against Tulsa, providing a confidence and momentum boost into the open week.

"A lot of the coaches were like, 'We're going to save you for Big 12,'" Anyiam said. "I was like, 'I need to play. I need to go out there and run around and do something.'

"They told me to be ready. I was ready."

Now he's ready for more. So are the Cowboys.

by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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