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October 26, 2012

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Wide receiver woes

 It isn’t just the Oklahoma State quarterback position that has been plagued by injuries this season — it’s also the wide receiver. A plethora of injuries have turned what was once the Cowboys’ deepest position into an area of concern.

“It’s been a little tough,” Oklahoma State junior wide receiver Charlie Moore said. “The receiving room has been a little thin, but hopefully Isaiah (Anderson) should be back soon. What’s been tough is getting everybody prepared to step up and getting the young guys to start their first games.”

The Cowboys’ receiving corps took another blow last week when receiver Justin Horton went down with what appeared to be a season-ending injury, according to Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy.

The loss of Horton adds even more pressure on the young, inexperienced players like Moore and sophomore Josh Stewart to step up and make plays.

“We’ve already lost so many guys already, to lose a guy like (Horton) is real tough,” Stewart said. “You don’t even see this happen a lot at all, losing so many key players. But then again, you just have to move on, keep practicing hard and motivate ourselves for injuries like this. It hurts us, but we’re definitely going to step up and deal with it and take responsibility.

“We have to step up. That’s just how it goes. When somebody goes down, you have to be able to step up. I think right now we’re doing a good job of that.”

There’s a huge difference in filling the void for the team’s third or fourth target and becoming the go-to guy. But Moore — a former high school quarterback — has handled the pressure nicely the last two weeks with two 70-plus yard touchdowns.

“Everybody wants to be that go-to guy,” Moore said. “You want to have the ball in your hands and you want to make plays. When a guy like Tracy (Moore) or Isaiah goes down, everybody moves up a notch. The coaches start to expect more out of you and it makes you raise your game to a new level.”

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