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Spring Position Previews: OSU Solid at Wide Receiver Despite Recent Transfers

The top of the depth chart is solid, but depth may be a question.

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The Cowboys are losing a lot of their receiver depth to the transfer portal this offseason, but it’s happening because of how solid the top of the depth chart is.

Tylan Wallace’s return in 2020 has shored up a lot of questions the position group might have had entering the season. OSU’s wide outs are up next on our spring position preview series.

WR1: Tylan Wallace

Tylan Wallace torched opposing defenses for eight games in 2019 before a knee injury kept him out the rest of the season.

His decision to return for his senior season could be seen as a surprise, but regardless, he’ll be OSU’s top target in 2020 just as he has been the past two seasons. In those two years, Wallace has played in 21 games where he has 139 catches, 2,394 yards and 20 touchdowns.

Who Else?

Wallace is just one of four wide receivers returning with at least 150 receiving yards in 2019, the others being Dillon Stoner (599), Braydon Johnson (491) and Landon Wolf (189).

Those four guys will likely get a majority of the work in 2020, but the position group also has some up-and-comers. Langston Anderson probably leads that pack heading into the spring. A true freshman in 2019, Anderson played in just one game after battling through some early season injuries. In that one game, Anderson had a catch and eight yards against McNeese.

Jonathan Shepherd didn’t play in 2019, his redshirt freshman year, but Shepherd has potential at 6-foot-4, 195 pounds. Shepherd is also a former Texas state champion in the 200 meters.

Fall Outlook

Those six wide receivers provide a solid group, but injuries could give that unit some issues.

Next season could be a year where some of OSU’s incoming freshmen get some run. Matt Polk, Rashod Owens and Brennan Presley didn’t enroll early, but through summer workouts and fall camp, the young pups could find some playing time thanks to all the outgoing transfers. Especially Presley in the return game.

But this group will rely heavily on the Wallace/Johnson/Stoner/Wolf unit in 2020. One downside of those four guys is Johnson is the tallest of that group at 6-1, but Wallace is the king of contested catches. And, depending on how he is used, cowboy back Jelani Woods could be the Pokes’ red-zone threat.

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