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Oklahoma State football: Freshman James Washington pushing way into crowded receiver mix

As teammates and coaches rave about Washington and his almost daily practice exploits, the possibility of Washington becoming a factor – even at the Cowboys’ deepest position – gains steam.
by John Helsley Published: August 10, 2014


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Stamford's James Washington (28) runs past Seymour's Zach Barton (8) during their game at Stamford on Friday, October 4, 2013.
Eric J. Shelton/Reporter Stamford's James Washington (28) runs past Seymour's Zach Barton (8) during their game at Stamford on Friday, October 4, 2013.

Among all Oklahoma State preseason storylines, who had, “What To Do With James Washington?”

No player, Tyreek Hill included, has created more camp buzz than Washington.

Hill has been everything advertised, maybe more, confirming his speed and skills and answering any possible questions about his toughness and durability as a running back/receiver threat. But anticipation surrounding Hill’s game-changer potential spiked the excitement meter long ago.

Washington, however, a true freshman receiver, ranked as somewhat of a sleeper in OSU’s latest recruiting class as a three-star prospect out of tiny Stamford, Texas, in West Texas.

He’s a sleeper no more.

As teammates and coaches rave about Washington and his almost daily practice exploits, the possibility of Washington becoming a factor – even at the Cowboys’ deepest position – gains steam.

At Stamford High, Washington caught 73 passes for 1,331 yards and 24 touchdowns in leading his team to a second straight Class 1A state championship, while also starring at basketball and track and winning a state title on the tennis court.

“Ultra-talented kid,” said OSU receivers coach Kasey Dunn. “Really talented. Still raw, but he has a great, great athletic gene, I guess you’d call it, because he’s down the field fast. He has great leaping ability, very springy. Soft hands.

“Sometimes guys come in and you have to teach them how to catch the ball a little bit. James is very, very fluid. He does everything fluidly. He does everything right fundamentally.”

So Washington presents a bit of a dilemma for Cowboys coaches.

Talent at the receiver positions runs deep, with Jhajuan Seales, Brandon Sheperd, Marcell Ateman, C.J. Curry, David Glidden, Austin Hays, Blake Webb, Ra’Shaad Samples, perhaps Hill, and more.

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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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