Oklahoma State Football: 3 Potential Breakout Players Nobody Is Talking About
We all know the usual suspects for Oklahoma State football. Departing players Brandon Weeden and Justin Blackmon are household names. Wes Lunt is the brand new, true freshman starting quarterback. Joseph Randle and Brodrick Brown are returning veterans who will lead this team. But who are the players that will show themselves to be real playmakers this season for the first time?
Young players will rise up for this Cowboy team, and a few players who have been waiting lower on the depth chart will also get their chance to shine. Here are five potential breakout Cowboys that no one is talking about.
A 5'10" inside receiver out of Denton, Texas, Josh Stewart showed small glimpses of just how good he could be last season. He caught 19 passes for two touchdowns and an average of 15.3 yards per catch as a true freshman.
Stewart's combination of speed and elusiveness in the open field will make him a potent offensive weapon for the Cowboys. His ability to make a difference in the special teams game will also be a factor.
Now that returning sophomore running back Herschel Sims has been kicked off the team, fellow sophomore Desmond Roland will likely take his place as the third running back on this squad.
While Roland did get a few carries last season, his playing time was limited by the emergence of Sims. Roland has a nice blend of speed and power, and he'll be able to contribute to this uptempo Cowboy offense.
According to ESPN's David Ubben, wide receiver Charlie Moore is one of the leading candidates to be a breakout player in the Big 12 conference this season.
Moore caught nine passes for 243 yards and three scores in the spring game, overshadowing basically every other receiver on the field. A 6'2" wide out, Moore caught just three passes in 2011. Expect much more in 2012 from this under-appreciated player.