OSU Preview Wide Receiver

Thursday, May 26th 2011, 1:25 pm
By: News On 6

Originally Published: Aug 26, 2010 7:21 PM CDT

As part of the buildup to the season, I am previewing a different position for the Cowboys every day or so on my blog.<BR/>When Mike Gundy announced the hiring of Dana Holgorsen as offensive coordinator this past January, it had to seem like a late Christmas present for Cowboy wide receivers.<BR/>Now, there was no shortage of passes to go around in OSUs old zone-read system, but Holgorsens offenses led the nation in passing offense in 2007 and 2009.<BR/>And he has coached two stars wide receivers in Michael Crabtree and Wes Welker.<BR/>Just imagine what Dez Bryant might do in this offense.&#160; <BR/>But the cupboard is not bare.&#160; Both Gundy and Holgorsen have said they would like to have 8 receivers that they feel confident and comfortable with.&#160; And as of their practice this past Tuesday, both said they feel as though they have about 6.<BR/>The Cowboys leading returning receiver, Hubert Anyiam (42 receptions, 515 yards, 3 TDs), has been nursing a broken foot that he suffered in spring practice.&#160; The Pokes need Anyiam healthy to provide an outside and downfield threat along with Justin Blackmon and Isiah Anderson who is one of the fastest Cowboys on the team.<BR/>When you look at Josh Cooper you automatically think of Welker.&#160; Theyre about the same size and have the same skill set.&#160; Cooper could have a huge year at one of the inside receiver spots after suffering through an injury-riddled 2009.&#160; Tracy Moore says he &quot;got tired of being called the fat receiver&quot; so he did something about it.&#160; Moore is slimmed down to about 220 pounds, but his 6-2 frame will pose nightmares for opposing defenders over the middle.&#160; <BR/>Justin Horton will provide a tight end-like presence whos athleticism will also provide matchup problems inside.&#160; And Bo Bowling has been reinstated to the team as a walkon.&#160; He caught two touchdown passes in 2008, but was suspended for off-the-field matters in 2009.&#160; His return provides depth.<BR/>Beyond those guys, the Cowboys have some youngsters they hope will mature.&#160; Michael Harrison caught a touchdown pass in OSUs second preseason scrimmage.&#160; Colton Chelf has been steady.<BR/>But lets not leave the running backs out of the wide receiver conversation.&#160; Under Holgorsen last season, Houstons top 2 running backs combined to catch 102 passes.<BR/>Kendall Hunter could catch 40 to 50 passes out of the backfield and be the Cowboys third or fourth leading receiver.<BR/>The receiving corp may be without a superstar like Bryant, but Holgorsens system doesnt need one.&#160; It needs guys who can get open and, catch the ball and make plays in space.&#160; <BR/>Next up:&#160; Defensive Line<BR/><BR/>