Oklahoma State football: Receivers react to give and take

Cowboys have the ability to make pass plays work on the outside and the inside
by John Helsley Published: September 23, 2012
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photo - Oklahoma State's Blake Jackson (18) scores a touchdown as Louisiana-Lafayette's Rodney Gillis (21) defends during a college football game between Oklahoma State University (OSU) and the University of Louisiana-Lafayette (ULL) at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma State's Blake Jackson (18) scores a touchdown as Louisiana-Lafayette's Rodney Gillis (21) defends during a college football game between Oklahoma State University (OSU) and the University of Louisiana-Lafayette (ULL) at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

“But if you can get back to 250 rushing and 250 passing and score a bunch of points, because in our league you have to score points. And we at least feel like we are heading back to where we need to be.”

SHARP MAKES ADJUSTMENTS

Still not a fan of the new kickoff rule, OSU's Quinn Sharp continues make the most of his powerful right leg. And in different ways.

“I've been putting a lot more hang time on my ball, compared to driving it more last year,” Sharp said.

Of Sharp's 24 kickoffs, 21 have produced touchbacks. And yet, Sharp actually wouldn't mind more runback attempts. Opponents are averaging just 14.5 yards per return on the few kicks they do return, compared to the 24-yard-line spot on touchbacks.

“With the hang time, if somebody is willing to risk taking it out, I think that would help our cover team a lot,” Sharp said.


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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