Oklahoma State football notebook: Outside receiver production dipping with J.W. Walsh at QB

by Gina Mizell Published: October 11, 2012

Isaiah Anderson was Wes Lunt's favorite target in Oklahoma State's season-opener against Savannah State, hauling in four catches for 63 yards in the first quarter. Then he caught four balls for 42 yards against Arizona.

But in the Cowboys' past two games, Anderson has zero catches. At times, Anderson has played sparingly, primarily stepping on the field to block on running plays.

Anderson isn't concerned about the lack of balls thrown his way, however.

“Whatever they need me to do, downfield blocking or just getting the team excited to play out there,” Anderson said with a smile. “I'm a senior, so that's my job. I'm not gonna complain about not getting balls or anything like that. It's team first, me second, and as long as I keep that mentality, I'm good.”

But Anderson isn't the only OSU outside receiver who has seen his production dip considerably since Lunt injured his knee against Louisiana-Lafayette and J.W. Walsh stepped in at quarterback.

Against ULL and Texas, the outside receivers combined for 13 catches for 216 yards and no touchdowns, compared to 24 catches for 397 yards and five scores for inside receivers. But even those numbers are skewed, as Tracy Moore, who is technically an outside receiver, recorded all six of his catches for 93 yards against the Longhorns in the second half, when the Cowboys began moving him to the inside to get him more touches.

SPRING KEY FOR CENTER, QUARTERBACK CHEMISTRY

Much has been made about the Cowboys' starting quarterback switch, with a left knee injury to starter Lunt throwing Walsh into first-team duties for almost all of the past two games.

But the guy getting the quarterback the football has changed, too.

So far this season, Lunt and Walsh have both worked with starting center Evan Epstein and backup Jake Jenkins. Lunt and Epstein both started the first two games, before Epstein went down with an ankle injury late in the Arizona contest. Against Louisiana-Lafayette, the center-quarterback combo went from Jenkins-to-Lunt to Jenkins-to-Walsh after Lunt's injury. Then, against Texas, it was Epstein-to-Walsh when Epstein returned from injury and Walsh got his first collegiate start.

Despite the rotating quarterbacks and centers over the past two games, there haven't been any snap issues. Epstein and Walsh both credit that to spring practice, when OSU's three-man quarterback competition between Lunt, Walsh and Clint Chelf allowed all the signal-callers to work with all the centers.

by Gina Mizell
OSU Sports Reporter
Gina Mizell joined The Oklahoman in August of 2011 as the Oklahoma State beat writer, where she covered the Cowboys' historic run to the Big 12 championship and Fiesta Bowl in her first season on the job. Before arriving in Stillwater, Gina was...
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