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5 Oklahoma State Cowboys Primed For Breakout Seasons in 2014

As opening kickoff draws near, it is time to predict and break down the Cowboys who will run onto the national scene in 2014.

JhaJuan Seales scores on a deep ball against Baylor.
JhaJuan Seales scores on a deep ball against Baylor.
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1. Jhajuan Seales

Sophomore wide receiver Jhajuan Seales was already due for an expanded role in 2014 after the departure of Josh Stewart, Tracy Moore, and Charlie Moore. After starting every regular season game in 2014, Seales is Oklahoma State's leading returning receiver from 2013 in terms of receptions, receiving yards, and receiving touchdowns. At 6-2 and 198 pounds, Seales has a build similar to that of former Cowboy Justin Blackmon, and as we saw in 2013, he has the talent to produce similar results.

2. Kevin Peterson

The days of Justin Gilbert leading the Cowboy secondary are over. He left big shoes to fill at cornerback, but second-year starter Kevin Peterson should have no problem filling them. There is a common oversight when analyzing defensive backs. Many are quick to assume that more interceptions and more pass breakups equals a better play. In some situations, this might be true, but it might not be with Oklahoma State. Gilbert's performance in 2013 can be attributed partially to his talent and partially to the fact that quarterbacks were throwing to him - away from Kevin Peterson. Peterson will be the leader of the Cowboy secondary and will break out as an All-Big 12 cornerback.

3. James Washington

This is a name you may not have heard before. Washington is a freshman wide receiver that has created the most buzz since the beginning of fall camp. Coach's and players alike have praised the talent Washington possesses, so it will be no surprise if they look to utilize him early in the season.

4. Emmanuel Ogbah

This sophomore defensive end became exciting to follow as in second half of the season in 2013. Ogbah recorded tackles in 12 games, tied for the team lead in sacks, and was honorable mention Big 12 Defensive Freshman of the Year. Coming in at 6-4 and 270 pounds, Ogbah's size plays to advantage. You can expect Ogbah to start and become a menace to opposing quarterbacks.

5. Tyreek Hill

Finally, the man we can't wait to see. It was no surprise when we learned that Tyreek Hill had been voted as the Big 12 Preseason Newcomer of the Year. Since his arrival in January, there has been non-stop buzz about the JUCO transfer. Hill's biggest asset is his speed. Coach Gundy has already said that Hill will get snaps at  receiver and running back, as well as special teams. Hill will arguably the most exciting player to watch in the Big 12.