OSU football: Cowboys' passing game needs to wake up — and soon

With a backloaded schedule about to begin, OSU needs to rediscover its Air Raid offense.
by John Helsley Published: October 31, 2013
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Oklahoma State's receivers keep going missing.

Arguably the Cowboys' best playmakers — and frankly, any argument against them would be a difficult debate — that position group might make up the most skilled and athletic group of assets on the team.

Hidden assets.

Week to week, it's been a struggle to get the receivers the ball.

Tracy Moore, Jhajuan Seales, Brandon Sheperd, Charlie Moore … they've had moments.

Moments.

Blake Jackson, Austin Hays and Blake Webb have had their production and availability hampered by injuries.

Even Josh Stewart, a returning All-Big 12 receiver who totaled 101 catches a year ago, has been dynamic at times, yet also forced into hiding some Saturdays.

On pace for just 63 receptions this season, Stewart was lost and not found last week at Iowa State, rarely targeted and finishing with but three grabs for 10 yards. Against Kansas State, he caught two passes.

The trip to Ames also revealed OSU's worst passing day — 78 yards — since the 2009 Bedlam game, when an injury-riddled Zac Robinson threw for just 47 yards in a 27-0 loss. And that dreary day for the Cowboys in Norman was pre-Air Raid.

These days, as far as the receivers are concerned, it's more like Air Rust.

The reasons behind OSU's disjointed passing game are varied:

* A revolving door at quarterback and running back, due to ineffectiveness.

* Offensive line unrest, due to injuries and illnesses.

* A new offensive coordinator.

Is there a fix?

“The passing game is there, and we have the confidence in it,” said senior wideout Charlie Moore. “It's just turning it on this week.

“We're going to have a good game plan and keep practicing like we have been and know that at anytime, the passing game can rise up. There's nothing we have to work on that we haven't worked on.

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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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