DALLAS (AP) - With Justin Blackmon gone to the NFL after 121 catches for 1,522 yards and 18 touchdowns last season, how does Oklahoma State expect to replace that production?
"We want three or four of our receivers this year to give us what a Justin Blackmon gave us this last year," coach Mike Gundy said. "And so that will be our goal is for Wes (Lunt, the freshman quarterback) to be able to develop and delegate the ball to the guys that can make the plays. But it is very difficult to replace a Justin Blackmon."
Gundy likened the situation to when the Cowboys lost running back Kendall Hunter after 2010 following consecutive 1,500-yard rushing seasons.
"I felt like that Jeremy Smith and Joseph Randle as a pair needed to combine and give us what Kendall did," the coach said. "And those guys have been able to do that."
Randle ran for 1,216 yards and 24 touchdowns last season while Smith had 646 yards and nine TDs. And both are back as juniors this season.
Senior receivers Isaiah Anderson and Tracy Moore get their shots as starter this season. Moore had 45 catches for 672 yards and four TDs last years.