Who Needs To Step Up With Stewart Leaving?

David Glidden

Since he stepped on campus as a freshman Jose Stewart has been a weapon for the Oklahoma State offense and on special teams. He is not the fastest receiver in flat speed, but he runs great routes, catches the ball, has fantastic vision to find open space and avoid tacklers. He is quick and has escape-ability. He has actually run up some very impressive numbers in both of his roles.

Now as to who replaces Stewart in those roles for the Cowboys during the 2014 season? That may be easier at punt return as David Glidden can do this. He needs the regular reps to gain comfort and confidence. Other options could be Caleb Muncrief, Jerel Morrow, and incoming speedster Tyreek Hill.

As for the slot position, the Cowboys coaches are very high on Blake Webb and have been for a long time but injuries have kept him on the shelf. Now is a good time for the 5-11, 190-pounder from The Woodlands to find a steady stream of health.

Also, Glidden has experience playing in the slot. Redshirt talent Ra'Shaad Samples is one of the faster players on the team and should be ready to step into a regular role. I think you could see C.J. Curry flash some inside and present a "Blake Jackson" style of option at the inside position. For various reasons, Jackson wasn't able to work out on a regular basis but Curry has been coming along rapidly throughout the second half of the season showing big improvement in practice and impressing the coaching staff.

Finally, in the 2014 recruiting class there is a junior college transfer in the speedy Tyreek Hill, who was mentioned as a punt return possibility. He is coming to Oklahoma State primarily because the Cowboys said he could play in the slot and now they may need him more than even they previously imagined. He is a natural to play there with his speed and ability to make plays in space.

Also, freshman James Washington might just be a player that could help out immediately. He reminds me of a bigger Josh Stewart coming out of high school where he helped Stamford to the Class A state championship.

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