STILLWATER — Jamal Mosley looks at Brandon Pettigrew and has visions of what he hopes to become some day.
NFL first-round draft pick. Excellent receiver. Even better blocker. Leader on and off the field. Unquestionably the most complete tight end in college football in 2008.
Mosley wants to be like his mentor. And by all accounts, Oklahoma State’s sophomore tight end has that potential.
"He gives you something similar to what Brandon had, just at a younger age,” OSU tight ends coach Doug Meacham said. "He has good ball skills and is a good route runner, and he’s athletic. And the willingness to block is there.”
OSU coach Mike Gundy has been impressed by Mosley’s preseason camp. He’s put the sophomore in position to become a significant part of the Cowboys’ offense. At 6-foot-4, 254-pounds, Mosley has the chance to provide another athletic target for quarterback Zac Robinson.
Yet, Mosley’s focus this preseason has been improving as a blocker. Mosley knows if he does that, he’s one step closer to filling the mammoth shoes of Pettigrew.
"All camp, I’ve been trying to improve my blocking, because I can catch the ball and run routes,” Mosley said.
If he matures into a physical force in the running game, he’ll give the OSU coaching staff the confidence to leave him in regardless of the situation. And he might lessen the need for the tight-end-by-committee approach Pettigrew’s absence has triggered.
The decision to play Mosley as a freshman was based largely on giving him the game experience he’ll need to play a big role in the Cowboys offense this season.