As much as Justin Blackmon – and others – will be missed, this Stillwater spring hasn't been spent lamenting the losses at wide receiver.
No, the focus centers on accentuating the Cowboys' remaining strengths. And, yes, assets remain.
Before Blackmon's breakout in 2010, we all wondered if the Cowboys could possibly find a replacement for Dez Bryant. And they did.
Similar questions rage now, and for good reason – Blackmon won the past two Biletnikoff Awards as the nation's top receiver.
Still, OSU outside receivers coach Kasey Dunn reports that spring practices have revealed the Cowboys to be in good shape at wideout.
“We feel good at wide receiver, there's no question about that,” Dunn said.
Dunn said Tracy Moore has adapted well in moving from an inside receiver spot to the outside. Isaiah Anderson is enjoying his best spring as a Cowboy. Charlie Moore makes plays with regularity. And redshirt freshman Torrance Carr has had his moments.
On the inside, junior college transfer Blake Jackson commands attention as a big receiving threat, while sophomore Josh Stewart has been turning heads since arriving on campus.
“Moving Tracy outside was the right move for us,” Dunn said. “It gives Blake an opportunity out there to run around. So we feel good about where we are with our receiving corps heading into the season.
“Tracy's made a ton of catches in the end zone. He's been a great go-to guy for us. It's been a great move to move him outside and help him replace Blackmon.
“And we've got a good group of young guys we signed coming in. They're big, physical, fast guys who are going to add some good depth and push our veterans.”