April 11, 2012

Filling in the blanks

In 2011, Doug Meacham's inside receivers crew had three of Oklahoma State's top six pass-catching receivers. This spring, he is without all three of those. Josh Cooper and Colton Chelf graduated. Tracy Moore is still around, but has been moved to the outside spot vacated by Justin Blackmon's entry into the NFL draft.

Though the numbers are thin, Meacham has talent to work with this spring. It starts with sophomore Josh Stewart, who was eased into the mix as a true freshman in 2012 but still produced 19 catches for 291 yards and two touchdowns. Stewart has continued to develop at a rapid pace and is many insider's pick for the most improved player on the squad through 10 practices. He is tasked with replacing Cooper's production from the slot, and Meacham believe Stewart is up to the task.

"Yes, I would say so. Stewart has an innate ability to be in the right spot," Meacham said. "He's got really good body twitch and ball skills. Some guys are naturals at getting in the right spots. He's a guy that naturally has a great feel for the void areas and the holes and where to bounce. He's super-twitchy. It's hard to get a glove on him. It's hard to wall him or collision him or re-route him because he's got such good twitch. He can get in and out on you, he can stem you and get in spots.

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