April 8, 2013

OSU receivers showing up strong in spring drills

Another day is in the book of spring practice at Oklahoma State.

While the seal on information coming in and out of practice remains water-tight, we are provided with a little insight here and there from the man himself, Mike Gundy.

"We cut it down just a little bit as the spring has gone on - a few guys out with some bumps and bruises, so we trim our reps down a little bit," he said. "I thought the secondary and the defense was really good today. They competed."

"They're going to make our wide receivers better by challenging them and being a lot closer to them and forcing them to make really good catches with their hands."

That part in the middle caught my attention, and it likely caught yours as well since everyone has been abuzz about the receivers.

There's Tracy Moore and Josh Stewart still there, guys that are proven at their skill. Then there's Charlie Moore and Blake Jackson, who have showed flashes of brilliance from time to time but haven't fully come to fruition just yet.

After that, you never know. But you can sure ask.

"Jhajuan Seales is having a good spring," quarterback Clint Chelf said last Wednesday at media availability. "C.J. Curry as well. There are a bunch of guys that were around last year but were just a little young. A couple of those guys have jumped off the pages to me."

Oklahoma State is notorious for having solid receivers, especially as of late, and Gundy and Chelf both said that they believe they have guys with enough talent to play a three-deep rotation this coming fall. Usually, they've built the offense around a two-deep rotation with a few guys outside of it that have grabbed time.

Jeremy Smith also said that Brandon Shepard was a guy that has caught his attention, and the fact that young guns are making plays against cornerbacks like Justin Gilbert and Kevin Peterson in a new, aggressive defensive attack, gives the future an exciting twist.

OSU will play their spring game in two weeks, and it will be our first look at what the depth chart could look like this fall. But from what we can tell, the receivers seem to be heading in the right direction rather quickly.

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