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Young Cowboys may be tested: Likely loss of Artrell Woods could place more inexperienced players into bigger roles for OSU's offense next season

Mike Baldwin Modified: July 16, 2007 at 11:27 am •  Published: July 16, 2007

/> Jeremy Broadway and Woods were slated to compete for the starter's role. Woods played sparingly last season but blossomed in the spring. Broadway sat out following a two-a-days wrist injury and now becomes the odds-on favorite.

True freshman Dez Bryant has received rave reviews since he arrived on campus seven weeks ago. Rated one of the top players in the country, regardless of position, Bryant has game-altering talent. Whether Bryant can play a key role in a high profile opener remains to be seen.

Hubert Anyiam, another true freshman, also has turned some heads this summer. Like Bryant, Anyiam has good size and speed. Mustang's Josh Cooper might carve out a reserve role. Damian Davis is another talented freshman but might be a redshirt candidate.

Another option is incoming freshman William Cole, who was projected to play defense. Described by his high school coach as "Reggie Bush with a ball in his hands,” Cole played wideout earlier in his career.

There's ample talent. But this isn't a season where the Cowboys open with a couple of cupcakes to ease youngsters into Division I football. has disabled the comments for this article.