August 23, 2007

Season on his Shoulders, Part II

NOTE: This is part two in a two-part series focusing on quarterback Bobby Reid.

Even though Bobby Reid realizes he has to have a big year if Oklahoma State is to be a darkhorse in the Big 12 South race, he also sees that he's not the only supremely-talented individual on the Cowboy offense.

Last year, the Pokes came out of nowhere to become one of the most explosive offensive units in the nation. Overall, OSU finished 16th in total offense, averaging 409 yards a game. The Pokes scored 35 points a game, which was good for seventh nationally. The rushing game was seventh nationally as well (202 ypg).

If the Cowboys are to reproduce (or surpass) last season's numbers, Reid knows he'll have to properly utilize the tools around him. And what tools he will have in 2007. Aside from Adarius Bowman (1,181 yards, 12 touchdowns), he has two great rushing options returning in Dantrell Savage (820 yards, eight TDs, 6.5 yards per carry) and Keith Toston (631 yards, six scores, 6.0 ypc), with possibly one of the best tight ends in the nation in Brandon Pettigrew.

He only had 310 yards receiving last year and four scores, but Pettigrew ended the season in a big way, catching six balls for 125 yards. Reid wants to make him a bigger part of the game plan this season.

"Personally, I feel that I didn't get the ball to him as much as I should have last year," Reid said. "Everybody knows he's a tremendous athlete, makes plays and catches everything. If I was (the opposition), I would be worried about a guy like Pettigrew, because there's no limit to what he can do and he's just a wonderful athlete."

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