OSU’s Hubert Anyiam tries to break away from a pair of Grambling tacklers during the Cowboys’ win in September. The hiring of Dana Holgorsen as offensive coordinator could mean better production from Anyiam and the other receivers. PHOTO BY NATE BILLINGS, THE OKLAHOMAN
In 63 games under Gundy, OSU has passed for more than 300 yards only seven times. In OSU’s current offensive system, two receivers get the majority of the targets when the Pokes choose to go to the air. Since 2005, the Pokes have never had more than three receivers with at least 30 catches.
Holgorsen could bring an explosive passing attack — which would supplement the Cowboys’ strong running game — and utilize several different weapons which could be ideal for OSU in 2010. Houston had six players with at least 30 catches in 2009, including running backs Charles Sims and Bryce Beall. In 2008, the Cougars had seven players with 30 receptions or more.
Receivers Hubert Anyiam, Justin Blackmon, Josh Cooper, Dameron Fooks and Tracy Moore have all shown they can make plays, they just need to develop the consistency that separates great players from good ones. And running back Kendall Hunter is dynamic in the open field, which makes him ideal for the swing routes that were commonplace when Houston’s creative offense sparked the Cougars’ upset of OSU last September.
So while a once-a-decade talent — like Dez Bryant — has yet to emerge in Stillwater, the Pokes do have weapons.
Now they might have the perfect system to use them.