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The Most Important Cowboy Football Players for 2017: No. 6

Today’s player could potentially be an under-estimated part of the offense.

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As you could expect, Wide Receiver University Oklahoma State University potentially has one of the best receiving corps in the entire country. When you have tons of great WRs, some are bound to fly under-the-radar. Today’s pick will likely do exactly that, thus setting him up for a career season.


No. 6 - #1 Jalen McCleskey

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Last season, Jalen McCleskey was the second-leading receiver on the team in both yards (812) and TDs scored (7), but led the team in receptions (73). It may seem odd to call him under-the-radar, but think about it. James Washington will be an obvious starter. Don’t be surprised if Tyron Johnson, fresh off his year of riding the pine due to NCAA rules, will be the starter opposite Washington. (Yes really, Johnson has been impressing everyone this spring. He even has Coach Gundy sipping the Kool-Aid.)

Look for McCleskey to be the sneaky receiver that gets in the slot and defenses lose track of, especially with his size. According to the Oklahoma State roster, McCleskey measures in at 5-10, 170 pounds. He is the shortest WR on the roster, but he is also one of the quickest. With all the ground DBs will have to cover, someone is going to get lost. I’m willing to bet McCleskey will be the guy who disappears in the defenses.

The junior wide receiver will look to continue to be a big part of this lethal OK State offense, and I think he can do it.

Here’s highlights of his time in Stillwater.

We will be releasing the rest of our countdown each day leading up to the Spring Game April 15th. Check back every day to see who makes the list!

Top 15 Countdown:

15. Matt Ammendola
14. Backup Quarterback
13. Tyron Johnson
12. Marcus Keyes
11. Jarrell Owens
10. Zach Sinor
9. DeQuinton Osborne
8. Darius Curry
7. Chad Whitener