Oklahoma State Mike Gundy knows the amount of talent he has at receiver, joking it allows him to make hockey-style change line changes.
That talent is being recognized nationally, as well. In Athlon Sports’ ranking of college football’s top 50 receiver groups this season, the Cowboys came in at No. 1.
Paired with quarterback Mason Rudolph, OSU’s receivers are set to be a part of an explosive offense. Biletnikoff Award candidates James Washington (71 catches, 1,380 yards, 10 touchdowns in 2016) and Jalen McCleskey (73 catches, 812 yards, 7 touchdowns) lead the group, but they are only a fragment of its talent.
LSU transfer Tyron Johnson, a former 5-star recruit, joins the Cowboys’ receiving corps, which also includes Chris Lacy (31 catches, 489 yards, 3 touchdowns) and Marcell Ateman (missed 2016 with foot injury, 45 catches, 766 yards, 5 touchdowns in 2015).
The group even features talented freshmen, with Dillon Stoner, Tyrell Alexander and Tylan Wallace capable of making an impact, as well.
“Oklahoma State’s lethal passing game could be even better in 2017,” Athlon Sports’ Steven Lassan wrote.
Although the Cowboys top the list, fellow Big 12 schools TCU (No. 11), Iowa State (No. 13), Texas (No. 18), Texas Tech (No. 19), Oklahoma (No. 22) and Kansas State (No. 46) made the cut, too.
The Cowboys and their top-ranked receiver group begin their onslaught on opposing defenses Aug. 31 against Tulsa.