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Receiver Production: Washington Soars, Tyron Johnson Stands in for Stoner



James Washington absolutely lit into sorry Baylor on Saturday.

Mason Rudolph wasn’t as sharp as could be in Oklahoma State’s 59-16 win against Baylor, but on a day when the Cowboys set a school record with 747 total yards, Washington accounted for more than 30 percent of OSU’s offensive production.

Here is what we saw from James and what else stood out among the exemplary receivers for homecoming.

His Greatness

Had Rudolph pinned all of his deep balls to Washington, the connection would have gone for as many yards and as many touchdowns as the record book could possibly hold.

Washington was underthrown about five times, and it took, in my opinion, one of the better catches of his career when he was finally overthrown.

The President didn’t score on that play, but he did plenty of that, too.

On his first score, Rudolph delivered one of his best balls to Washington’s numbers. The pass was only about 10 yards downfield, but James turned it into a 68-yarder capped with a ruthless stiff arm.


It was a clinic that ended in some history of his own on a day when a list of records were broken.

Please, don’t waste these last few weeks you have with him. You might not see one better ever come through Stillwater.

Marcell Moss Does it Again

For the fourth straight game, OSU had a pair of receivers with at least 100 yards. The first is mentioned above. The second might as well have.

Marcell Ateman made more amazing plays Saturday after preserving the win against Texas Tech two weeks ago. The crazy part was that his best snags came on non-scoring downs. Ateman finished with four catches for 119 yards and a score, and he did it all in the first half.

He cracked open the Cowboys’ scoring with this manly play, but, though he didn’t get in the end zone, this was most impressive to me.

I think it’s time to re-evaluate where Ateman could and should go in the NFL Draft.

Tyron Takes Advantage

Since the South Alabama game, Tyron Johnson had caught one ball for 12 yards.

With Dillon Stoner not in uniform against Baylor, Johnson filled into that No. 2 inside receiver when OSU went four-wide. He didn’t disappoint, taking almost 20 snaps.

There is still so much hope for the 2017 Pokes, but part of me is ready for 2018 when Johnson’s catches will go from about two a game to about seven per. He has that sauce.

And if you don’t believe me …

Johnson finished with three catches for 39 yards, and all of them were beautiful. It’s unclear whether Stoner will be available against Texas next week, but if he isn’t, Mike Gundy’s offense should be just fine.

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