.In the coming weeks we will be reviewing spring football, the different position groups, and where the Oklahoma State team is heading into the fall.
There's no review needed on the first play of the Orange-Black game on Saturday as backup quarterback Taylor Cornelius did an nice job of the read on the run-pass option and pulled the ball out of the gut of running back Rennie Childs and launched an on target pass to wide receiver Jhajuan Seales as he slanted in between two aggressive safeties coming up to help stop the run. Both Za'Carrius Green and Auburn transfer Derrick Moncrief have speed but not near enough to reverse and catch the explosive Seales, who was on his way 75 yards for the most explosive play of the game.
Seales has a big wide smile and bright eyes. He is not only a good looking young man but he is exactly what you want a big-time college wide receiver to look like. Seales is often referred to by his teammates as one of if not the most explosive player on the team.
Another very explosive talent, James Washington answered Seales when he was asked who he thought was the most explosive player on the squad. "He's such a good athlete," Washington said. "He can run, jump like crazy. I think he's the most explosive of the receivers."
Seales has 75 career receptions. After redshirting his freshman season, he caught 39 passes for 571 yards and three touchdowns. You just knew it was the start of a huge career and then his sophomore season was interrupted in the middle of the campaign when after a road game he was ticketed by police for falling asleep in the drive thru lane at a Stillwater fast food restaurant in the wee hours of the morning. He finished the season with 18 receptions for 278 yards and three touchdowns. It could have been much more.
Then last season he was starting to click in the offense when after the Homecoming game he was ticketed again for having alcohol in the vehicle. Seales finished the season with, you guessed it, 18 receptions for 321 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Seales admits that the off-the-field issues have really stunted what could have been on the field. But the good thing is college football players have four lives, at least four seasons, and Seales is preparing to make his senior year his best. He knows he has the ability. He wants to play past this season.
There shouldn't be 18 receptions next to his name at the end of this upcoming season. In fact, he is capable of doubling his career total. He has a quarterback that can fire it. He has fellow receivers that will command attention from opposing secondaries. It's all up to Seales and he knows it.