The sixth-ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys’ looked good on offense in their huge 24-21 win over No. 17 Iowa State on Saturday.
Good, not great.
One reason we can’t classify the offense as “great” is because Mike Gundy is not utilizing all of his offensive weapons as well he can. Most notably, this is noticed at the wide receiver position. Newcomers such as Tay Martin, graduate transfer from Washington State, and Dee Anderson, former five-star transfer out of LSU, are not seeing the field as often as they should.
Martin was an important part of an air-raid Wazzu team that saw the ball put in many wide receivers’ hands. He appeared in all 13 games his junior year, catching 43 passes for 564 yards and four touchdowns.
As for Anderson, do I need to remind Gundy about the last LSU transfer wide receiver to make his way to Stillwater? Tyron Johnson was painfully underutilized during his time in an OSU jersey. Now he’s seeing significant playing time for the Los Angeles Chargers. Anderson is bigger and saw more action in Baton Rouge than Johnson, logging 12 games played, with 20 catches for 274 yards and a score in his junior season.
Both of these guys are seniors, so unless Gundy plans on taking advantage of the free eligibility year, they are currently having their talents wasted on the bench.
Defenses know what to scout for when the same four receivers are on the field every play, and while I love Braydon Johnson and Landon Wolf as much as the next Cowboys fan, they do not need to be every-down players. Wolf’s size at 5-11, 175 pounds makes him a mismatch against most defensive backs, and while Johnson is certainly a speed threat, that is, unfortunately, all he is. He struggles when it comes to lead blocking on screens and generally doesn’t make much of an impact.
Younger guys like Brennan Presley and Rashod Owens also see themselves low on the receiving depth chart. Presley has seen some action on special teams, even downing a punt inside the five against Iowa State, and Owens has only clocked in some garbage time minutes late versus Kansas. We heard in the preseason that both guys would see significant playing time as a freshmen, but that has not been the case so far.
It’s a waste to have the same receivers on the field at all times, while guys that can expand OSU’s offensive attack tremendously see little playing time. I hate to waste their season, especially the seniors like Martin and Anderson, who transferred to Oklahoma State because they saw a better opportunity to further their athletic careers, only to ride the bench.
Let’s see if Mike Gundy and OC Kasey Dunn make those corrections starting this weekend when the Pokes take on the Texas Longhorns.
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