Give Bryant a break

by Jenni Carlson Published: October 7, 2008
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STILLWATER — Jeremy Maclin deserves all the love he’s receiving from the pundits and the prognosticators.

Thing is, Dez Bryant deserves some, too.

The Oklahoma State receiver is every bit as good as his Missouri counterpart. Maclin is being hyped as a Heisman Trophy candidate while Bryant is being overlooked.

"When he’s got the ball in his hands ... I don’t know if there’s a better guy in this league or in the country,” Cowboy quarterback Zac Robinson said. "He’s been phenomenal.”

Bryant ranks fifth nationally with 110.0 receiving yards per game, and he does so despite catching no passes against Missouri State. Had he managed even 31 yards in that blowout, he’d rank first.

Bryant still averages 14.0 yards more than Maclin.

Sure, Maclin is dynamic as a return man, having returned one kickoff for a touchdown, but Bryant is no less dangerous. He has taken two punts to the house.

Chew on this — Maclin is averaging 10.3 yards per punt return, Bryant 23.6.

"He’s got that mentality, ‘No one’s going to stop me,’ ” Cowboy linebacker Andre Sexton said. "With a great attitude like that and you work hard, that’s what makes you unstoppable.”

The reason Maclin is touted and Bryant is forgotten? Exposure.

Missouri has been in the spotlight more, played on television more, been in the nation’s conscience more.

Bryant has a chance to win hearts Saturday, when OSU plays Missouri in primetime on national television.

Where is the love?

It might be on the way for Bryant.


by Jenni Carlson
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Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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