STILLWATER — Jeremy Broadway is up to bat with a full count.
Following a suspension last November, Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said the junior wide receiver is unequivocally on his last chance.
So far, his coaches agree: He's looking good at the plate.
Broadway is the most experienced of OSU's young wide receivers. In the 10 games before his suspension, Broadway caught 13 passes for 125 yards and one touchdown — a memorable 33-yard catch against Texas Tech. In his own words, the highly sought-after recruit from Houston hasn't lived up to expectations — his own or anybody else's.
"I feel like I still have a lot to prove, even though I've been around for a long time,” Broadway said.
Gundy thinks Broadway's old off-field behavior was the reason.
"He performed well, but he never could get straight off the field,” Gundy said. "It affected him on the field.”
The off-field issues culminated in November, when Broadway and two teammates set off a smoke alarm in an on-campus apartment. According to an OSU police affidavit, when police responded, they entered a room where "a large amount of visible smoke was in the room as well as an odor of burnt marijuana.”
Gundy dismissed the two other players involved but said he suspended Broadway because he didn't have as many demerits.
"Plus, he showed a tremendous amount of remorse,” Gundy said. "So it was easy for me to buy into it with no gray.