Much of Oklahoma State's preseason offensive focus centered on the wide receivers.
The Cowboys can claim a cast of many. Yet, at least for now, they don't have a top target.
"I don't think we have a No. 1 guy," said Cowboys coach Mike Gundy. "We don't have someone in the category of a Dez Bryant or a Rashaun Woods."
What OSU does have is improved depth, with offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen to using as many as eight wideouts.
"We have a number of guys who we feel like are very capable of making plays," Gundy said. "One of the advantages we have in this system is we can spread them all out."
Said Holgorsen: "We're going to put them in position to make plays and hopefully they will. We'll find out on game day."
Opponent Watch: Washington State
The Cougars have five true freshmen listed on the two-deep heading into Saturday's game at Stillwater.
According to reports out of Pullman, any of the five — wide receiver Marquess Wilson, offensive tackle John Fullington, cornerback Damante Horton, safety Deone Bucannon or kicker Andrew Furney — could start.
Over the past 32 seasons, dating to the formation of the Pac-10 in 1978, only 13 true freshmen have started a season opener for the Cougars. And only twice, in 2004 and 2009, has WSU started multiple true freshmen.
Consider the youth infusion part of the process for turning around back-to-back 11-loss seasons.
"That's what building a program is all about," said OSU defensive coordinator Bill Young. "I think the people at Washington State knew the program was down. It wasn't going to be a one-year wonder thing. They had to go recruit."
It's been a while since quarterback Brandon Weeden last started a football game.
Goes back to Nov. 24, 2001, and the Class 6A semifinals.
Not that it feels that way for the 26-year-old junior, despite all those long bus trips between minor league stops as a professional baseball player.
"It was out on this field, against Jenks in the semifinals," Weeden said while overlooking Boone Pickens Stadium. "We were tied at halftime and they ended up pulling ahead in the second half. I remember it like it was yesterday.
"You look at it and it was eight years ago, seems like yesterday."
No Miller Time
Gundy offered no explanation for why reserve running back Travis Miller left the program.
Gundy did say he didn't expect Miller to return.
"Whether it's personal reasons or whether it's just too hard," Gundy said, "he's just not willing to do what it takes to be a player here."
Miller, a redshirt sophomore, had fallen behind Kendall Hunter, Jeremy Smith and Joseph Randle on the depth chart after it appeared he'd have a significant role in the offense.
Miller played sparingly a year ago, rushing for 59 yards.