OSU coach Mike Gundy keeping a close eye on receiver Hubert Anyiam

BY BRANDON CHATMON, Staff Writer, bchatmon@opubco.com Modified: March 29, 2011 at 1:38 pm •  Published: March 28, 2011

All eyes will be on Justin Blackmon this season.

The Oklahoma State receiver will be the focus of every defense he faces this fall as coordinators search for a way to slow down the 2010 Biletnikoff Award winner.

Sounds like a perfect opportunity for Hubert Anyiam.

The Cowboys senior receiver struggled with injuries in 2010 after heading into the season as the Pokes leading returning receiver. This spring, OSU is counting on Anyiam to emerge as a playmaking threat opposite Blackmon.

“Hubert Anyiam has had a good spring but he needs to continue on,” coach Mike Gundy said. “I've watched him close through the first six practices and I think he's somewhat back to where he was. As he continues to progress through spring ball and the summer he will be a big factor.”

Anyiam suffered a broken foot last spring, forcing him to miss summer workouts and never felt completely healthy as a junior. It was a frustrating turn of events for Anyiam, who led OSU with 42 receptions for 515 yards and three touchdowns as a sophomore.

If Anyiam can return to full strength, it will make OSU's offense even more explosive.

“I think the biggest thing is the mental part of it,” offensive coordinator Todd Monken said. “It's like rolling your ankle when you're playing hoops then you don't want to jump again.

“It think the more he goes on it, he will gain confidence. It's just not the same, it's the mental block that is hard getting over it. Once he does that, I think he'll be fine.”

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