How Do First-Year WRs Perform at OSU In the Mike Gundy Era?

first_img2005Ricky Price162380 2009Dameron Fooks (JC)101473 2007Dez Bryant436226 By: Jon JesterThe best way I’ve found to ease the pain of Dura- I mean, Underwood’s leaving has been to focus on this upcoming football season. The mullet. QB1. The President. #FreeJustice. The comparisons to 2011. Put it in my veins.But, what might have me the most intrigued about this season is what Tyron Johnson might do this upcoming season. When there’s even the hint of a conversation about who is better between James Washington and Tyron, my only response is irrationality.So, similarly to what we did with Justice Hill last season, let’s look at what first year wideouts have done in Stillwater over the last decade. 2011Josh Stewart192912 2013Marcell Ateman222760 2012Blake Webb142181 2012Blake Jackson305983 2008Bo Bowling (JC)102002 YearPlayerRecYardsTDs 2014James Washington284566 2014Tyreek Hill (JC)312811 2015Jalen McCleskey292533 Things to note from the stats:• Adarius Bowman is probably the most similar to Johnson in that an experienced and ready-from-day-one guy comes in and is ready to get significant playing time. *falls out of chair when one sees Bowman’s numbers*• Interesting to wonder where Dillon Stoner would have been on this list had he not gotten hurt for most of last year.• Cool to see similarities between Josh Stewart and Jalen McCleskey’s seasons. Never thought about that comparison before but I think it makes for a pretty good one.• The only factor that can’t be determined from this table is how many targets Johnson will get. I think he’ll get top three targets for sure, but there are four guys on this list who are still in uniform who all deserve starter’s targets (McCleskey, Washington, Lacy, and Ateman).• Wait, Blake Webb graduated?• This list makes one realize how special of a position WR has been at Oklahoma State over the past decade.• Marcell Ateman has been catching passes in an OSU uniform since the Wallace twins were in junior high…• Bold prediction: Tyron Johnson puts up numbers similar to Dez’ first season and is the second leading receiver in QB1’s final rodeo. 2012Austin Hays293942 2009Tracy Moore111836 2010Michael Harrison141353 2006Adarius Bowman (JC)60118112 2005Brandon Pettigrew111281 2009Justin Blackmon202602 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img

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