The Oklahoma State Cowboys have incredible depth at wide receiver to go with their three-headed quarterbacks competition. With more than seven options that could be potential receiving threats this fall, all with enough talent to find the field, OSU has some decisions to make regarding what to do with their talent surplus.
Spring battles will be crucial to who makes an impact in the 2013 season, as OSU football could have the deepest receiving corps in college.
Proven, returning receivers are unlikely to lose their spots. Wide receivers that made an impact last season like Charlie Moore, Tracy Moore, and Josh Stewart are as talented as any starting trio in college football, let alone the Big 12. It seems unlikely any of the established wideouts from last season will be overtaken by the younger options trying to make their mark.
Austin Hays made an impact as a freshman and should see playing time again next season. As one of the least experienced receivers in the mix, however, Hays could find himself in the middle of the position battle that will highlight spring workouts. As several freshman recruits try to break through and find playing time, Hays could ultimately lose his job if any of the new players can force their way onto the field.
With so much receiving talent, the Cowboys will test the patience of skilled players. Brandon Sheperd still hasn’t gotten the playing time he expected and enters the season as a possible 5th option in a loaded OSU offense. With various freshmen chomping at his heels, Austin Hays already ahead of him on the depth chart, and three established guys in front of him, will Sheperd wait around for an opportunity to play? Will he ever see the field if the recruiting class is as talented as it appears?
With four or five quality players competing for one or two spots, Oklahoma State may actually have too many wide receivers.