STILLWATER — Among all the storylines surrounding the 2014 Oklahoma State football team, one position group has avoided the question-mark label and is being hyped as a strength entering the season: wide receivers.
And for good reason.
The Cowboys return two wideouts — Jhajuan Seales and Austin Hays — who were featured as starters last season and five others — Marcell Ateman, C.J. Curry, David Glidden, Brandon Sheperd and Blake Webb — with plenty of game experience.
It’s Jason Ray’s job to see those players live up to lofty expectations. Ray, in his second season as a wide receivers coach alongside Kasey Dunn, took some time to reflect upon 2013 and look forward to this season while at the 2014 Cowboy Football Media Golf Outing at Karsten Creek last week:
Q: What is your overall impression of the wide receivers group you have coming back?
A: “The talent there is very, very high from an athletic standpoint. The strong-point of our group is the fact that we’re young, and those kids are hungry. They want to be good. They want to play at a high level. They came here to do that. We have a history here at that position. And obviously, the offense is a big-time selling point in recruiting as well. I think our group wants to be good and they want to go make plays, win a game on the line and be doing really well.”
Despite having a strong core of returning players with game experience, none are seniors. Who do you expect to fill the leadership roles left open by Josh Stewart, Tracy Moore and Charlie Moore?
“We’re always looking for guys to step up. Naturally, guys who score touchdowns and make a lot of plays, sometimes they are looked at as guys who needs to be a leaders because they have influence. Not always is that the case; there are guys on special teams who can be leaders.
“But Jhajuan Seales is a kid that we want to step up as a leader. David Glidden does a heck of a job from a leadership standpoint. Austin Hays, who has had injuries, is now healthy. He has stepped up as a leader. We have certain guys that we need to be vocal and other guys that can go into the locker room, grab their teammates and tell them to pick it up.”
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