Position-by-Position Analysis: Receivers

The Cowboys may not have the depth at the receivers position that they've had in the past but there is plenty of talent with players like James Washington, Jhajuan Seales and Jalen McCleskey.

This is a feature we did post spring back in the days of Go Pokes Magazine. We would list every single player on the roster, including walk-ons, and give a short synopsis of where they fit in on the team and what the possibilities are for them in making significant contributions in the upcoming season.

We will do these by position groups and again. Remember, it is just our observations and opinions, based on what we have seen and what we have heard from everybody from head coach Mike Gundy through the coordinators, position coaches, and graduate assistants and support personnel.

We started with the specialists, Cowboy backs, and running backs, and now we move on to the wide receivers. This position has become critical at Oklahoma State just like it is at every school that has turned to one form or another of the wide open spread attack. It has been even more critical for Oklahoma State over the past three seasons as the Cowboys, known for the influence of the running game on attack offenses, has been stymied in the run game. Receivers have had to pick it up both in catching passes and being part of inventive ways to run the football out of the spread offense. 

I would categorize the Cowboys wide receivers coming out of this spring as talented but not as deep in numbers. You could see some walk-ons or incoming true freshmen have a chance to impact the offense this coming season. 

28 James Washington, 6-0, 205, Jr., Stamford, Texas
The unquestioned leader and star of the receiver corps, Washington had another strong spring. It was a year ago that Washington, after a strong freshman season, began making plays just about anytime he wanted to in the spring. He is not overwhelming in size, but he is a very explosive athlete and showed it last season with 53 catches for 1,087 yards and 10 touchdowns. He averaged over 20 yards a catch last fall. He has had arguably one of the best two-year starts for an OSU receiver with 81 receptions for over 1,500 yards and 16 touchdowns. He stays healthy and the Cowboy offense almost always has a chance for an explosive big play in the passing game. 

3 Marcell Ateman, 6-4, 215, Sr., Wylie (East), Texas
Ateman has matured each season and improved himself. He is now more of a physical receiver than he has ever been using his size and basketball "post like" skills to make plays. He has become a favorite of quarterback Mason Rudolph on the fade route. Ateman is the likely starter outside opposite of Washington. 

81 Jhajuan Seales, 6-0, 205, RS-Sr., Port Arthur (Memorial), Texas
Seales has always had great athletic ability and knows the game of football, but he has had off-the-field experiences that can best be described as setbacks that have kept him from being the very best he can be. In his three seasons on the field he has averaged 14.6 yards, 15.4 yards, and 17.8 yards per catch. He has 75 receptions for 1170 yards in his career. On the first play of the spring game he grabbed a pass on a slant on a run-pass option and blew by the secondary for a 75-yard touchdown. Seales admits it, knows it, that he can play at the next level. The ability is there but he has to stay engaged to the game and his team and avoid off the field junk. If he does he can be special for the Cowboys and open some special doors for his future.

15 Chris Lacy, 6-3, 205, Jr., DeSoto, Texas
Lacy has all the size and ability and nearly every practice will make a play that will have you shaking your head and saying wow. He needs to be more consistent and that is improving all the time. Off the field he is an engineering student and the kind of sharp individual that impresses everybody. Lacy has been a favorite of mine since he arrived.

17 Austin Hays, 6-2, 195, RS-Sr., San Antonio (Reagan), Texas
Hays will do most of his work in the slot this upcoming season. Remember he played as a true freshmen, one of the only receivers in a talented class that did. Injuries caused him to catch up with a later redshirt and it is injuries that continue to pester his career. He had a broken knuckle in the spring that cost him time.

1  Jalen McCleskey, 5-10, 170, So., Covington (St. Paul's), La.
McCleskey may be the least known player with the biggest season upcoming on the team. The offseason weight program has him a little stronger and thicker with no loss of that special speed he has. I think he is one of the three fastest players on the team. He is quite capable in both the short and long passing games. He shows no fear in both catching short passes and catching punts on special teams. He is also a potential big-play guy in the running game and was as a true freshman. He is working on being and will continue to grow as a fan favorite.

83 Phillip Redwine-Bryant, 6-2, 215, Harker Heights (Academy), Texas
Redwine-Bryant gained some attention in the spring game playing for the second offense and picking up some catches. He had a good spring too. He has a chance to contribute more than most walk-ons.

38 Theo Berry, 5-10, 195, RS-Jr., Shawnee/NEO A&M JC, Okla.
Berry had a solid season at NEO after playing quite well in high school at Shawnee. He had the best spring from day one to the spring game out of all the walk-on wide receivers. He could show up some on special teams.

89 Austin Parker, 6-1, 198, RS-So., Grapevine, Texas/SE Oklahoma State Univ.
Son of former Oklahoma State receiver Brent Parker, he played a lot in practices and scrimmages.

87 Grant Newell, 5-11, 190, RS-Sr., Grapevine/Colleyville Heritage/Abilene Christian/Foothill College
Well-traveled walk-on.

25 Cole McKnight, 5-11, 185, RS-Jr., Cushing, Okla.
McKnight is always looking to get a rep and is always helping in practice. He is another good walk-on. 

28 William Martins, 6-2, 200, RS-Jr., Paris France/Oregon
Has to be the first player from Paris, France that transferred from Oregon in Oklahoma State history. Checking, he apparently did not play at Oregon. He is a practice player for the Cowboys.

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