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Oklahoma State Regular Season Grades: Wide Receivers

Grading one of the Cowboys more stable groups for their 2019 season.

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There will be at least one big change to what’s been one of the most stable position groups in the Oklahoma State football program for years.

With reports surfacing of Kasey Dunn leaving OSU, where he has been the wide receivers coach since 2011, for an offensive coordinator position at UNLV, it’ll be interesting to see what the group looks like in the post-Dunn era. But as for this year, it was another solid season for OSU’s pass-catchers, and we’ll look at the Cowboy wideouts next in our regular season grades series.

140-Character Summary: A lot of things came together to make OSU’s offense as different as it’s been in a while. A new coordinator, a freshman quarterback and the nation’s leading rusher led OSU’s offense to throw for the fewest amount of yards since 2009, but that isn’t necessarily the receivers’ faults, or anyone’s really.

Best Performance: OSU threw for more than 300 yards only once this season, the Cowboys’ 413-yard performance against McNeese. But that was McNeese. OSU’s best passing performance probably came against Iowa State thanks in large part to Tylan Wallace.

Wallace caught eight passes for 131 yards and a touchdown. Braydon Johnson also had an impressive three catches for 66 yards and a touchdown.

Worst Performance: The Cowboys’ wide receivers managed only 108 yards against Baylor’s stingy defense in OSU’s 45-27 loss to the Bears. Baylor was 7-0 at the time, and the Bears went on to force Oklahoma into overtime in the Big 12 Championship game, so it was understandable as to why it was a tough passing game for OSU.

Best Play: It needs no words.

Stat that matters: 0 — That’s how many passes Spencer Sanders and Dru Brown had thrown at OSU entering this season. Passing numbers were down, but it wasn’t necessarily anyone’s fault. Wallace was putting up another ridiculous season before his season-ending knee injury and Dillon Stoner performed well going from guy to the guy.

Bullet stickers (out of 10):  7 — If Wallace was healthy the entire season, this number would definitely be higher, but that’s just how it happened. It was a promising year for Stoner, who still has another season of eligibility, and Johnson, who is only a sophomore.

The Future: There are a few questions following this group beyond 2019. The first being whether Wallace will return for his senior season or whether he’ll head to the NFL. Another big question is one that hasn’t had to be asked about the unit in a while, and that’s “Who is going to coach these guys next year?” Dunn has been OSU’s wide receivers coach since the 2011 season, coaching Justin Blackmon, James Washington, Marcell Ateman, Chris Lacy and Tylan Wallace. With Dunn off to UNLV, it makes you wonder how much, if anything, will change moving forward.

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