Oklahoma State keeping up with 2011, Cowboy receivers earn praise

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Welcome to the Wednesday edition of our Oklahoma State DieHards morning roundupwhere we take you through all the biggest headlines around Oklahoma State athletics.

Oklahoma State’s offense in line with 2011 output

Arguably the greatest season in Oklahoma State history, 2011 saw the Cowboys earn their first Big 12 title and come inches short of a national championship game appearance. Although this 2017 squad has a loss through five games, its offensive output is on par with that of the 2011 team.

The current quarterback-running back-receiver trio Mason Rudolph, Justice Hill and James Washington are outperforming their 2011 counterparts — Brandon Weeden, Joseph Randle and Justin Blackmon — in term of yardage per game. Overall, Oklahoma State has more total yards on fewer plays than the 2011 team.

Cowboy receivers receive praise from ESPN, PFF

The Oklahoma State receiving corps came into the season considered among the best in the nation. Through five games, the Cowboys have backed that up. ESPN’s Todd McShay and Mel Kiper chose Oklahoma State as their receiving unit on their “college football dream team.”

It’s understandable. James Washington and Marcell Ateman are among the Big 12’s best, per Pro Football Focus. Jalen McCleskey, Tyron Johnson, Chris Lacy and Dillon Stoner also all represent threats. Washington and Ateman were among five Cowboys on PFF’s Big 12 Offensive Team of the Week. Oklahoma State also had four players on the defensive team.

Cowgirl golfer Maddie McCrary takes individual title in Windy City

Maddie McCrary, a senior on the Oklahoma State women’s golf team, won the individual title at the Windy City Collegiate Classic. McCrary entered Tuesday’s final round tied for third, but she birdied the 16th and 18th holes for her first individual title as a Cowgirl.

As a team, the No. 8-ranked Cowgirls came in second in the event, finishing behind No. 4-ranked Arizona State. Their 4-over-par 856 total was the eighth-best 54-hole team score in school history.

Other headlines from the athletic department:

  • After winning an eighth straight Cowboy Jamboree, the Oklahoma State cross-country team remained No. 9 in the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association’s national poll. The Cowgirls, though, dropped from No. 22 to No. 26 after finishing fourth in the women’s portion of the event.
  • Senior Sylvester Barus, who was the individual men’s champion at the Cowboy Jamboree, was named the Big 12 Co-Runner of the Week.

What they’re saying on Twitter

Coach Mike Gundy

Former Oklahoma State running back Chris Carson

Defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer

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