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OSU Player to Watch, Day 4: Wilson Youman

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Originally Published: Feb 16, 2010 10:6 PM CDT

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Gerald Goodridge
Oklahoma Sports Staff Writer

TE Wilson Youman


In his sophomore season Wilson Youman became the guy after Brandon Pettigrew graduated. He played in all 13 games for the Cowboys in 2009 and grabbed 10 catches for 96 yards and two touchdowns. Youman was a top-30 recruit out of Louisiana coming out of high school, and was able to sit for two seasons and observe a very talented, very similar tight end in Pettigrew.

Why He’s on the List:

Youman is a prototype spread offense tight end. Playing at 6-foot-5 and 250 pounds, Youman is a big target for his quarterback, and quick enough to make plays. He is a very similar type of tight end to Pettigrew, who was big for the Cowboys while in Stillwater. The tight end is generally the check-down route for quarterbacks and a safety valve for less experienced quarterbacks. Whether it’s Brandon Weeden or Johnny Deaton in the backfield for OSU, look for a lot of passes to head toward Youman.

Best Case Scenario:

If Youman can establish himself as a legitimate option early on, more passes will come his way. That gives OSU yet another option in the pass game, and yet another person for defenses to cover. Generally defenses try to match tight ends up with linebackers, but Youman is too fast for a linebacker to pick up. If they match him up with a defensive back, Youman is bigger and stronger than any corner or safety. If Youman gets going early in the season, he could easily make a name for himself nationally.

Worst Case Scenario:

The worst case scenario for Youman is seeing the role of the tight ends reduced in Dana Holgorsen’s new system. If the role of tight ends stays significant in the offense, then early drops could spell the doom of Youman in the offense. Quarterbacks tend to favor those who they are confident to catch passes, and dropping passes is the quickest way to lose a quarterback’s confidence. To be the signal caller’s go-to option - or even last resort- consistency is a must.

My Take:

In Holgorsen’s offense at Houston last year, tight ends only had three receptions for 37 yards, but Youman is far too talented to not get playing time and looks. Youman poses a matchup nightmare for defenses. His size and speed make defenses pick their poison with who covers him; slower linebackers or smaller defensive backs. Youman has a chance to solidify his spot in the lineup early on and be a big target for Weeden or whoever takes over the quarterback spot.

Other OSU players to watch (click on the names below to read full stories):
-Day 1: LB Orie Lemon
-Day 2: S Markelle Martin
-Day 3: RB Jeremy Smith

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