The Oklahoma State Cowboys used to be known for fielding great running backs such as Hall of Famers Barry Sanders and Thurman Thomas.
But since Mike Gundy became head coach of his alma mater, the Cowboys have been producing elite wide receivers like Dez Bryant and Justin Blackmon. Both receivers were Heisman candidates and stellar athletes.
Regardless of whom Oklahoma State plays or who is on the Cowboys roster, the wide receiver position is a key part to their offense.
The player who is looking to become the next big time Cowboys receiver is junior Josh Stewart. Texas Tech Head Coach Kliff Kingsbury has taken notice.
"Stewart is one of the best in the country," Kingsbury said. "And he's a guy who makes plays for them each and every week. Got to know where he's at at all times."
In an offense that features different quarterbacks and a solid rushing attack, it's not easy to get a lot of touches. Oklahoma State is not a rushing team though. The Cowboys have their own version of the air raid offense that former offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen brought in before taking over head coaching duties at West Virginia. Stewart has to fight for his touches because the Cowboys offense has so many weapons to choose from.
Stewart has totaled 19 receptions in the past three games. He picked up 10 receptions against TCU and did not score a touchdown, but did rack up 141 yards.
Receiving passes is not Stewart's only duty. He also returns punts. Stewart averages 20.1 yards per return and has two touchdowns this season. His longest return is a 95-yard touchdown against the Horned Frogs.
Stewart is the leading receiver for the Cowboys with 483 yards and two touchdowns on 34 receptions.
Given the many weapons Oklahoma State has on offense, Tech will need to keep the ball out of the Cowboys hands. The Red Raiders must find some way to shut down Stewart or the Cowboys may pull ahead in the Big 12 Conference standings.
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