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OSU's tight end trio comes through in tough spot

BRANDON CHATMON Modified: September 10, 2009 at 9:11 am •  Published: September 10, 2009

/> Youman, a redshirt sophomore from St. Martinville, La., proved his versatility against Georgia. Heading into the season, Youman was thought to be mainly a blocking tight end, but his 23-yard catch in the second quarter was OSU’s biggest offensive play to that point.

"It boosted my confidence,” Youman said. "That’s the type of play you have to make when you’re playing tight end here.”

Horton, a redshirt freshman from Henderson, Texas, struggled with first-game jitters, resulting in a couple of false start penalties. But his catch on third-and-9 allowed OSU to go for it on fourth-and-1, and the Cowboys eventually scored to take a commanding 17-7 lead.

If Horton becomes a factor in the running game and forces defenses to respect the pass and the run, OSU can use the duo in two tight-end sets more frequently. A formation featuring Horton and Youman would test the defense sideline to sideline with Kendall Hunter and vertically with Horton’s speed along the hash marks and Dez Bryant on the outside.

"With my speed and size, I think I can be a big target for Zac to hit,” said Horton, who runs a 4.4 in the 40-yard dash at 6-foot-4, 245-pounds. "But I need to work on my blocking and pass protection because if I just go in to catch a pass, it just tips the defense off that we are going to pass the ball.”

Houston at OSU
→When: Saturday, 2:30 p.m.

→Where: Boone Pickens Stadium, Stillwater

→TV: FSN (Cox 37)

→Radio: KXXY-FM 96.1

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