Ateman's return has OSU loaded at WR
STILLWATER (AP) When quarterback Mason Rudolph and receiver James Washington decided to return to Oklahoma State for their senior years, they put the Cowboys in position to have a dynamic passing game.
Both are among the nation's elite, and Washington should give Oklahoma State one of the deepest and most talented wide receiver units in the country.
The Cowboys, who play their spring game Saturday, went 10-3 last year and wound up No. 11 in the final poll following a 38-8 win over Colorado in the Valero Alamo Bowl.
Forming a devastating duo with Rudolph, the speedy 6-foot, 205-pound Washington ranked fourth in the Big 12 last year with 71 receptions and was 10th nationally with 1,380 receiving yards, along with 10 touchdowns.
Junior Jalen McCleskey (73 receptions, 812 yards and seven touchdowns last year) and senior Chris Lacy (31 receptions, 489 yards and three TDs), are also back, while senior Marcell Ateman, who had 45 receptions for 766 yards in 2015, returns after missing all of last year with a foot injury.
Also in the mix is sophomore Dillon Stoner, who had five receptions for 27 yards last year and Tyron Johnson, a transfer who made nine catches for 150 yards and two touchdowns as a freshman with LSU in 2015 before sitting out last year.