Despite struggling at times, Oklahoma State's passing game managed to amass 3,149 yards last season. Take away yards that came from the pass back to the QB, run-fat-guy-run, and to yards gained by running back and tight ends (Tyreek Hill falls into that running back category) and you get 2,510, the number of yards from wide receivers. Out of that production, Oklahoma State is returning an astonishing 99.56% (2,499 yards). With the play-makers setting themselves above the rest, be looking for a return to the explosive aerial attack that was lacking in the better part of last season.
Coming out of high school, Ra'Shaad Samples was a highly touted receiver who was allegedly faster than Justin Gilbert. However, after redshirting his first season and spending his second behind a slew of much more experienced players, Samples has stated that he will transfer to another school to continue his football career. As of now, it hasn't been announced as to where he will transfer.
No formal announcement was made with Webb's departure, and it's still uncertain as to why he's no longer with the team. The only thing we know for sure is that he's no longer on the roster. However, he hasn't caught any passes since the non-conference games of the 2013 season.
Spring roster out and no Garman, Blake Webb, Matt Kellerman, and Devin Davis. Not surprised.— Robert Allen (@RAllenGoPokes) March 9, 2015
Senior | 6-1 | 195 lbs
Brandon Sheperd had a seemingly quiet season for what will be known as his "breakout" year. Against Missouri State, Sheperd broke free for an 87 yard touchdown and was a solid receiver all year heading into the final games against Oklahoma and Washington. His explosion in those games amassed 12 receptions for 254 yards and 3 touchdowns. His great hands, impressive vertical, and phenomenal moves will make him a big threat in the Big 12 next season.
Senior | 5-8 | 185 lbs
I've always considered David Glidden to be Oklahoma State's not-so-secret weapon. With the most receptions and second-most receiving yards on the team, I expected him to be covered more than he was. But he was able to consistently lose his defenders out of the slot and become an all-over threat on the field. Look for Glidden to remain a staple of the inside passing game.
Freshman | 6-0 | 200 lbs
Despite being a true freshman out of a 1A high school, James Washington emerged as a play-maker early in the season after shredding Texas Tech's secondary for 87 yards and two long touchdowns. He also had spectacular catches against Baylor and Washington.
We might be witnessing the emergence of Oklahoma State's next acrobatic receiver.
Junior | 6-2 | 198 lbs
During his freshman season, Seales was one of the more reliable receivers in an extremely deep corps. However, he seemed to slip into a sophomore slump, dropping wide open passes and becoming unreliable at times. He also found himself in Gundy's doghouse hen he was found passed out in the Whataburger drive through. As a result, he lost his starting spot and a decline in playing time. The good news is that while he was struggling at times, he did make several impressive acrobatic grabs. Hopefully, he'll break out of his funk going into the next season.
Junior | 6-4 | 210 lbs
Much like Jhajuan Seales, Ateman showed a lot of potential throughout his freshman season. Also much like Seales, he entered into a sophomore slump. After a couple of really good games against UTSA and Texas Tech, Ateman's production dropped off as he saw very little playing time for the rest of the season. He has the size to be a very good deep and vertical threat as we've seen him at times but he needs to get back into the groove and find his place in the rotation.
Junior | 6-2 | 190 lbs
After a great freshman year, Hays has been fighting injury every season since, earning himself a medical redshirt off of one. When he's played, he's been a consistent and reliable receiver out of the slot. Hopefully, Austin can stay healthy the whole season and work his way back into the rotation.
Sophomore | 6-3 | 195 lbs
Chris Lacy saw a good bit of playing time early in the season but seemed to fade out as the competition got tougher. The sophomore will have to break out during the spring and practice if he's going to make his way into this insanely deep rotation.
Senior | 5-8 | 200 lbs
Kameron Doolittle saw his playing time during the garbage time of the West Virginia and Texas games but did break away for a 32 yard grab against the Longhorns. He too will have to fight for a spot in the rotation.
CJ Curry has been fighting for his spot in the rotation for years and just maybe this is his year to get into the regular rotation after getting cleanup duty in 2014 against Missouri State and West Virginia.
RS Freshman | 6-3 | 205 lbs
Keenen Brown was a highly touted 3-star receiver out of Houston, Texas who spurned the likes of Florida, LSU, Michigan State, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Oregon, Texas A&M, and Wisconsin to come to Oklahoma State. He just finished his redshirt season and will be looking to get into the rotation as soon as possible.
RS Freshman | 6-3 | 205 lbs
Cole Neph was a 3-star out of Owasso, Oklahoma who was being recruited by Kansas State and UTSA before walking on at Oklahoma State. He too will need a breakout to get into the rotation but the good news is that he has the best hair for a football player I've ever seen. And yes, even better than Quinn Sharp's.
— Not Clint Trickett (@NotClintTricky) October 24, 2014