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Oklahoma State hurting at receiver as it prepares for Saturday's game at Texas Tech

Injuries to Michael Harrison, Hubert Anyiam and Josh Cooper have coach Mike Gundy digging into the receiver depth chart for solutions as Oklahoma State prepares for Texas Tech. A possible solution: Throwing the ball more to running back Kendall Hunter and Joseph Randle.
by John Helsley Modified: October 13, 2010 at 3:49 pm •  Published: October 13, 2010
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"Obviously, we want to get those guys back as soon as possible, because they're big assets in this offense. But those other guys have an opportunity to make plays. And I feel comfortable throwing them the ball.

"It's my job to get them the ball and it's their job to make plays after the catch."

Cooper is OSU's second-leading receiver, while Harrison and Anyiam seemed to be on the verge of breakouts, combining for seven catches, 92 yards and two touchdowns against Lafayette.

The Cowboys will still feature Justin Blackmon, the nation's leading receiver. But if Cooper and/or Anyiam can't go in Lubbock, it'll be up to Bowling, Chelf, Tracy Moore and Isaiah Anderson to balance out the passing attack and make the Red Raiders reconsider extra attention on Blackmon.

OSU could also look at involving running backs Kendall Hunter and Joseph Randle as receivers. Randle, a true freshman, has proven more than capable in that role. His 11 receptions rank fourth on the team and his 146 receiving yards trail only Blackmon and Cooper.

"It's just another thing we can throw into our bag and use to our advantage," Weeden said. "With the guys who are dinged up, they can catch it out of the backfield, get more carries, whatever it may be.

"It's good to have both those guys back there."

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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