Most Important Player(s) Against Kansas State

I've been having fun with this new feature this fall, the Most Important Player going into games. After Oklahoma State's 30-21 loss to West Virginia, it would be easy to go a lot of different directions for Saturday's conference game against Kansas State at Boone Pickens Stadium.

One option is quarterback J.W. Walsh being sharper in the throwing game would certainly help out and your quarterback is always a key player.

Or the Cowboys will be looking for improvement in the running game and that could include Jeremy Smith, Desmond Roland or up front the right guard position needs to be much better than it was last weekend in Morgantown.

How about the kicking game? Both Kip Smith on both kickoffs and punts will have the serious chore of keeping the ball away from stellar returners Tyler Lockett (kickoffs) and Tramaine Thompson (punts) for the Wildcats. Actually, it is Lockett and Thompson that received serious MIP consideration.

Because of those two were are selecting OSU cornerbacks Kevin Peterson, Justin Gilbert and Tyler Patmon -- a three-way selection -- as the MIPs for this week.

Tyler Lockett has 29 receptions for 469 yards, an average of 16.2 yards per catch, and Thompson has 13 receptions for 185 yards and a touchdown. Add in the return yards and Lockett leads the Big 12 in all-purpose yardage with 629 yards and Thompson comes in with 432 yards.

Kansas State has struggled running the football and quarterback Jake Waters is getting better with the Cats throwing game. You cannot let Kansas State go wild throwing the ball up and down the field.

Gilbert is not suspended by the league for his ejection last Saturday. He has two interceptions and has been mostly good in coverage. Peterson had a pass interference penalty last Saturday, but his coverage has been solid and getting better each week. Patmon has been a huge bonus transferring from Kansas for his senior season, and he has a pick as well.

With help from the pass rush, that trio must keep Lockett and Thompson in check. The third receiver is Curry Sexton, who is more of a possession receiver. The home-=run hitters are the two Oklahoma natives.

The OSU MIPs for this week need to keep them off the stat book, or at least when they make catches keep them to singles and not those extra base hits that lead to getting on the scoreboard. I apologize for the baseball analogy but it is postseason time in the MLB, so why not use the jargon to describe our MIPs.

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