Oklahoma State is losing one of its veteran wide receivers. Mike Gundy announced on Monday that Jalen McClesky has decided to redshirt the rest of the season and transfer from Oklahoma State.
Gundy cited the fact that McClesky felt like he was not getting the ball enough in his senior season. McClesky has 15 catches through four games for 155 yards and two touchdowns. His 155 yards has him fourth on the team behind Tylan Wallace, Tyron Johnson and Dillon Stoner. McClesky’s best game of the season came in the opener against Missouri State when he had six catches for 66 yards and two touchdowns.
This is a big blow for the Pokes, as McClesky had more career receptions than anyone on the Oklahoma State roster.
This is also one of the unintended consequences of the new NCAA redshirt rule, that allows a player to play in four games before deciding whether or not to burn his redshirt. McClesky is using the rule to suit his own personal needs for what he believes is in the best interest for his future.
McClesky’s best season came as a sophomore in 2016 when he had career highs with 73 catches for 812 yards and seven touchdowns.
This does hurt Oklahoma State’s depth at the position because these four wide receivers listed above are the only players with at least 10 catches through four games. The player currently fifth in receiving yards is running back J.D. King.
Oklahoma State is back in action Saturday on the road against Kansas.
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