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September 14, 2013

OSU freshman sees training pay off

STILLWATER — Oklahoma State wide receiver Tracy Moore has had his fair share of time in the spotlight. So have Blake Jackson and Josh Stewart. Even Charlie Moore has become a household name in Boone Pickens Stadium.

But through all the summer workouts and the fall camp, none of those guys were the most talked about receiver on Oklahoma State’s roster. Instead, that honor went to Jhajuan Seales — a unheralded redshirt freshman from Port Arthur, Texas.

“He put on 15 to 18 pounds,” Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said during the Oklahoma State media day in August. “He’s really developed. He had a good spring and summer.”

A tall, gangly receiver — like so many of the receivers that have come through Oklahoma State’s system in the past — Seales looked to be just another face in a crowded receiving corp.

But that’s where Seales’ transformation began.

He started hitting the weights, working out with Oklahoma State strength and conditioning coach Rob Glass. The end result? A bigger, faster and more athletic option for the Cowboy quarterbacks.

“Coming out of high school we didn’t do much weight lifting so when I came here we really got after it,” Seales said. “Conditioning is the hardest part and getting your stamina up.”

“We call it body by Glass,” Gundy said in August. “Sometimes I don’t know how he does it. He gets the most out of guys and asks them to give him more. He knows exactly how hard to push a guy and knows how to get the best results, and we feel very fortunate to have him on our staff.”

And that’s exactly what Seales needed — a push — like the one that earned him a late scholarship offer from Oklahoma State.

An early commit to the University of Houston, Seales proved to be a late bloomer in high school. As a senior, he tallied 54 catches for 1,207 yards with 13 touchdowns.

Now, after redshirting in 2012, Seales stock continues to rise — so much so that he’s earned a starting spot among the likes of Tracy Moore, Charlie Moore and Stewart.

“He came up so quickly from last year to now,” Oklahoma State quarterback J.W. Walsh said. “He’s a young guy, so it was huge for him to be able to come in and play that great. We knew he had talent, and we wanted for him to be able to show it. He’s got a lot of experience, and it was great to see him have some success.”

– Nick Snow is a sports writer for the Stillwater NewsPress

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