2007 Oklahoma State Preview - Offense
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What you need to know: The potential is there for the
nation's 16th best offense and seventh best scoring attack to be
even better. Quarterback Bobby Reid lived up to the hype last
season and proved he could be a star. While he loses a great
target in D'Juan Woods, he gets Adarius Bowman back to go along
with a slew of speedy but unproven receivers to stretch the
field. The 1-2 rushing punch of Dantrell Savage and Keith Toston
is among the fastest and most dangerous in America running
behind a decent line that has experience, but will be a work in
progress to find the right starting combination.
Passing: Bobby Reid
148-267, 2,266 yds, 24 TD, 11 INT
Rushing: Dantrell Savage
126 carries, 820 yds, 8 TD
60 carries, 1,181 yds, 12 TD
Star of the
Player that has to step up and become a star: Senior WR
Unsung star on the rise: Sophomore OT Russell Okung
Best pro prospect: Bowman
Top three all-star candidates: 1) Bowman 2) QB Bobby
Reid, 3) RB Dantrell Savage
Strength of the offense: Running game, overall speed
Weakness of the offense: Offensive line depth, proven
number two receiver
Projected Starter: Now that's the Bobby Reid
everyone was expecting. A top recruit who was expected to come
in right away and be one of college football's newest
superstars, he couldn't stay healthy, was indecisive and erratic
when he got his chance, and was starting to be considered a
major bust. On the verge of transferring to get a fresh start
somewhere else, everything clicked early in his sophomore as he
showed off the mobility and arm that got everyone so excited in
the first place. After rushing for 500 yards and five touchdowns
and throwing for 2,266 yards and 24 scores, he goes into this
season as one of the Big 12's top quarterbacks and most
dangerous playmakers. He needs to cut down on his interceptions
a bit throwing 11 last year, although three game in a blowout
against Arkansas State, and he could stand to be more accurate,
but he has all the tools and all the experience to be special.
Projected Top Reserves: Sophomore Zac Robinson
is a good-sized athlete with good mobility in a 6-3,
205-pound frame. He was used in various ways last season to get
him on the field, and he delivered when he got the chance
rushing for 144 yards and a touchdown averaging five yards per
carry throwing for 345 yards and three touchdowns with no
interceptions. Originally considered a top receiver prospect
coming out of high school, he's still improving.
With Al Pena
transferring to Houston, there's an opening for 6-1, 190-pound redshirt freshman Alex Cate to establish himself in the
number three slot. He's not much of a runner, but he has a live
arm and a sensational high school résumé throwing for more than
6,000 yards and 74 touchdowns at Cottonwood High in Salt Lake
Watch Out For ... Reid to run less and throw it a bit
more. He doesn't have to take off as much with a great backfield
to hand off to and speedy receivers to get involved. Now that he
knows what he's doing, his job will be to make everyone around
him even better and not try to do everything himself.
Strength: Mobility. Both Reid and Robinson can run
as well as any pair of quarterbacks in the Big 12, and they can
also throw. They're not one dimensional.
Weakness: Accuracy. Reid only completed 55% of his
throws and Robinson, in a limited role, didn't even hit half his
passes. Without D'Juan Woods to throw to and a little bit of
work needing to be done in the receiving corps, the passing will
have to be sharper.
Outlook: The sky's the limit for Reid, who seems
like he's been around for several years. He has all the tools to
become an All-Big 12 star and should put up big passing numbers
throwing deep to his speedy receivers. Robinson is a trusted
number two after getting time in the system last season.
Considering Reid's injury history, Robinson has to stay ready.
Projected Starters: It took half the season to get going after
getting hurt early on, but when Dantrell Savage turned it
on, he became special rushing for over 100 yards in five of the
final seven games finishing with a whopping 6.5 yards per carry.
The former JUCO transfer isn't all that big and doesn't have
much power at 5-9 and 195 pounds, but he's a big-time home run
hitter with a tremendous ability to stop and start on a dime
before blowing through the open hole. With his sub-4.4 speed, he
needs to get the ball on the move more as a receiver.
uses a fullback, it'll go to 6-1, 255-junior John Johnson,
who developed into a nice short yardage back making five catches
with three going for scores, and running one time for one yard
and a touchdown.
Projected Top Reserves: OSU doesn't have backups
as much as it has co-starters. 210-pound sophomore Keith
Toston does a little of everything well finishing second on
the team with 631 yards with six touchdowns and six yards per
carry while finishing fourth on the team with ten catches for 92
yards and two scores. He provides more power at tailback while
not giving away anything in the speed department. He might not
be as fast as Savage, but he can score from everywhere on the
With Mike Hamilton transferring to Georgia Southern, to
door is open for senior Julius Crosslin to play more
prominent role. At 230 pounds, he's a powerful back who's good
around the goal line scoring three times last season. He was a
superstar high school linebacker who brings that physical
attitude to his blocking.
In the fullback mix will be junior
Jeremiah Burton, a powerful 250-pound runner and blocker who
ran caught a touchdown pass against Arkansas State.
Watch Out For ... Savage and Toston to combine for
2,000 yards. With Hamilton out of the mix, there's room for
almost 100 more carries from someone, and OSU has the speedsters
to make the most of them.
Strength: Speed. All the tailbacks need is a
little bit of a hole and they're gone. Savage averaged 6.5 yards
per carry while Toston averaged six yards per run.
Weakness: Can the two stars hold up? Savage was
dinged up last year and isn't big enough to handle the ball 20
times a game every game, while Toston only carried the ball more
than ten times twice last season and didn't get more than 14
carries. If the running game misses Hamilton at any point this
year, there will be big problems.
Outlook: There's speed, talent, power in the
backups, and a whole bunch of production returning. While QB
Bobby Reid will chip in with around 500 rushing yards again,
it'll be the backs that make all the noise tearing off big play
after big play. The coaching staff should be able to tinker with
the gameplan using power backs like Crosslin and Johnson to
provide a little bit of power at times.
Projected Starters: Adarius Bowman should be in the NFL.
The 6-4, 220-pound former transfer from North Carolina has the
speed and talent, along with the athleticism to play on the OSU
hoops team, to go to the next level right now, but he chose to
come back for his senior season and should be one of the
nation's most productive receivers after catching 60 passes for
1,181 yards and 12 touchdowns highlighted by a jaw-dropping
13-catch, 300-yard, four score performance against Kansas. As
good as he was, his production dropped off in a big way over the
second half of they year and only finished the season with
On the other side, taking over for D'Juan
Woods, will be senior Tommy Devereaux, a lightning quick
receiver who made three catches for 37 yards in a limited role.
Used more so far as a part-time punt returner, he has the speed
and athleticism to blow up on the other side of Bowman. In the
slot will be Anthony Parks, who equaled Devereaux's
production catching three passes for 37 yards limited by injury
problems. The former JUCO transfer has nice speed and excellent
hands; now he has to prove he can use them and be a go-to
Early on until Devereaux and Parks get going, the number
two receiver will likely be junior tight end Brandon
Pettigrew, who finished third on the team with 24 catches
for 310 yards and four touchdowns. He has NFL potential with
good hands, great route running ability, and a 6-6, 260-pound
body that's great for springing big plays on the outside for the
Projected Top Reserves: Creating depth will be a
big key, but OSU has some promising prospects to develop. One
who's ready to roll right now is sophomore Jeremy Broadway,
who missed all of last year with a broken arm after looking like
a possible starter going into the season. He was a big-time
recruit who'll likely push Parks out of the starting role in the
slot early in the year.
Sophomore Artrell Woods was all
start out behind Devereaux at the X after catching two passes
for nine yards, but he suffered a horrible accident in the
weight room, injuring his back, and will be out for a long time. While he's not as fast as Devereaux, he has good
size and decent potential if he can return.
Junior Seth Newton is an
experienced 6-3 target, but he only made one catch for eight
yards last season and isn't likely to do much behind Bowman.
Behind Pettigrew and ready to make more of a splash in two tight
end sets is junior Justin Waller, who caught five passes
for 72 yards including a key 22-yard grab in the win over
Alabama. He's 6-4, 240 pounds and can move.
Watch Out For ... plenty of deep plays. Bowman
averaged 19.7 yards per catch last season, Devereaux is one of
the team's fastest players, and Broadway can move. Even the
tight end, Pettigrew, can stretch the field. Expect lots of home
Strength: Speed. All the receivers can move and
all should get chances to make an impact with all the attention
paid to Bowman. While Bobby Reid will throw several deep passes,
part of the design will be to get everyone the ball on the move
Weakness: A sure-thing number two receiver. D'Juan
Woods was a number one receiver who ended up being used as a
number two. OSU has several fantastic prospects, but if no one
can produce like Woods did, Bowman will be taken out of the
picture by double and triple teams.
Outlook: Considering Bowman's stats from last year
as a bit misleading, this might not be the be-all-end-all corps
many will make it out to be. Even so, if Devereaux, Broadway and
Parks all allow the passing game to be spread around a little
bit, and if Bowman gets single coverage for an extended period
of time, the potential is there for another year with well over
20 team touchdown catches and 15.1 yards per grab.
Projected Starters: The tackles have a chance to go from very
good to special. 6-5, 290-pound Russell Okung stepped in as a
true freshman and ended up starting early on. He's a terrific athlete
who was stunningly good in pass protection right off the bat. He has the
upside to grow into an All-America caliber player if he gets a little
bit stronger and continues to improve at left tackle.
On the other side,
senior David Koenig will likely move to tackle, replacing Corey
Hilliard, after spending last year entrenched at left guard where he was
a strong run blocker. While he doesn't have the feet, skills or upside
of Okung, he's a talented veteran who'll likely earn All-Big 12 honors
if he can make the transition without missing a beat.
Junior David Washington has been able to improve and grow over
his first two years starting 24 games at center. He made huge strides
last year becoming more consistent and better in all phases. Now he's on
the verge of being an all-star with the size at 305 pounds to be
dominant in the running game.
Junior Steve Denning came to OSU as
a 245-pound JUCO transfer, hit the weights hard, and now is a strong
6-5, 300-pound pile mover on the right side in place of Kurt Seifried.
He could move to either guard spot if needed and even has the potential
to see time at tackle in a pinch.
Sophomore Andrew Lewis will get
the first look at left guard, but the 6-5, 295-pounder could be moved
around depending on where Denning ends up. He should be tremendous on
the move when combined with Okung on the left side.
Projected Top Reserves: While there's good depth
to play around with, true freshman Jonathan Rush is the
one prospect line coach Joe Wickline is particularly excited about.
While Rush still needs to put more weight on his 6-5 frame, the
250-pounder is a terrific talent at either guard or tackle. OSU isn't
afraid to start young players, and he could find his way into a spot
early in the year.
Sophomore Brady Bond will see plenty of action
at both guard spots likely starting out on the left side behind Okung.
After playing eight-man football in high school and redshirting a year,
he showed the athleticism early on to get the starting nod at left
tackle before being replaced by Corey Hilliard. He's a tremendous
prospect who'll see starting time at some point.
freshman Jacob Secrest will play behind Koenig at right tackle
and could slide over to the left side if Bond ends up taking over a
starting job. He was a star recruit and has the strength to be a major
player throughout the year.
Sophomore Noah Franklin played a
little on the defensive side but now will move over to offense bringing
his 6-5, 310-pound frame to right guard.
6-3, 310-pound Michael
Booker is a bigger option than Andrew Lewis at left guard, but could
quickly be lost in the shuffle if Koenig moves to guard.
Watch Out For ... lots of movement. Lots and lots of
movement. Write the depth chart in pencil with there to be plenty of
changes all across the board as Wickline tries to find the right mesh of
Strength: Versatility. Washington will play
center, Okung will play tackle, and everyone else will be plugged in as
needed. The coaching staff likes to play around with all sorts of
arrangements and will put the five best linemen on the field at the same
time. However, that creates ...
Weakness: ... inconsistency. There's no
complaining with the method since the O-line was a rock throughout last
season, but with so many variables and few players getting rep upon rep
with the same guys next to them, the potential is there for the linemen
to not quite know how to play together.
Outlook: The line was tremendous last season
giving up a mere 38 sacks in 13 games while paving the way for one of
the nation's best rushing attacks. All-star Corey Hilliard is gone, but
three starters return along with plenty of others with experience. Once
the right combination is found, this should be one of the team's
strengths yet again.