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Oklahoma State football: Cowboys feel good about young receiving corps

Inside the program optimism builds for multiple breakout candidates, particularly at receiver, where a group of young playmakers are stacked up in anticipation of opportunity that is now readily available.
by John Helsley Published: July 21, 2014

— Much preseason focus fixates on Oklahoma State’s rebuilding defense and the likely pitfalls in replacing seven starters.

So Cowboys’ stock is down, witnessed by a fifth-place position in the media poll.

Quietly, however, there’s a sense that the Cowboys believe their offense will create ample problems for enemy defenses.

Introductions are in order to the outside world, yet inside the program optimism builds for multiple breakout candidates, particularly at receiver, where a group of young playmakers are stacked up in anticipation of opportunity that is now readily available.

“We have a great offense,” said OSU wideout Jhajuan Seales. “We have speed everywhere. We have weapons all over the field.

“I feel like we’re going to do great things.”

Seales stands as the veteran of the group, even as a sophomore, based on his 39 catches for 571 yards and three touchdowns a year ago. The catches and yards ranked third on the team in 2013 behind since-departed Josh Stewart and Tracy Moore, but are tops among returning receivers.

Minus Stewart and Moore, the position is in transition.

Possibly a positive transition?

“Last year we had great guys,” Seales said, “but this year I think we have more speed and a faster tempo.”

Enter the next wave: sophomores Brandon Sheperd, Marcell Ateman, Blake Webb, Austin Hays and C.J. Curry, junior David Glidden, redshirt freshman Ra’Shaad Samples and even true freshman James Washington and Keenen Brown, who are already earning notice in summer workouts.

Sheperd and Ateman showed flashes a year ago, combining for 36 receptions and 499 yards. Hays played a vital role in 2012, before an injury wrecked his season a year ago. Webb, another injury victim last fall, produced perhaps the best spring of all the receivers.

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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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