OSU football notes: Will Josh Cooper step up Saturday?

By Brandon Chatmon, Staff Writer, bchatmon@opubco.com Modified: October 21, 2010 at 7:52 pm •  Published: October 21, 2010

Oklahoma State receiver Josh Cooper could make a huge impact when the Cowboys host Nebraska on Saturday. The junior receiver is OSU's second-leading receiver with 27 receptions for 297 yards and one touchdown.

With Nebraska likely to play a lot of man coverage, Cooper should have the opportunity to make plays opposite Justin Blackmon.

"As a receiver you have to look forward to the one-on-one matchups you get," Cooper said. "It gives you the opportunity if you get the ball in space to run away from them."

If the Huskers choose to double Blackmon, the nation's leading receiver, it will leave OSU's other receivers in one-on-one situations.

"They play a lot of man and will be keying in on Blackmon pretty good," Cooper said. "Hopefully, I can work them over the middle with some routes."

OSU quarterback Brandon Weeden already has shown confidence in Cooper. The Cowboys quarterback throws the ball to Cooper an average of 6.4 times per game this season, second only to Blackmon on the Pokes' roster.

TOUGH TASK

In a span of a week, OSU will go from facing Texas Tech, ranked No. 6 nationally in pass offense, to facing Nebraska, ranked No. 4 nationally in rushing offense.

"It's a task, changing from Texas Tech who passed the ball to someone who runs the ball," defensive tackle Chris Donaldson. "You have to switch your demeanor in a matter of two or three days."

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