Oklahoma State vs. Missouri State | Three Key Players for the Cowboys

With Oklahoma State’s season opener just a day away, you can pretty much guarantee they are primed and ready to go for kickoff. Missouri State is not formidable foe in any area of the game, but the Cowboys want to start the season off right. There are still a number of questions surrounding this squad, and there are a few key players who would do well to have solid performances and kick off the year on a high note.

Quarterback Taylor Cornelius

Mason Rudolph is long gone, and senior Taylor Cornelius is stepping into some big shoes at quarterback. Through three seasons, Cornelius has made an appearance in eight games throwing 15/24 for 220 yards. That’s about as little experience as a senior can have, but after a hard-fought battle, Cornelius won the job, and this Cowboy offense will only go as far (and as well) as he can throw the ball.

Missouri State is the perfect matchup for an inexperienced quarterback. The Bears allowed 38.1 points per game a season ago, as well as 255.9 passing yards per game. Cornelius needs to focus on limiting mistakes and building chemistry with his teammates as the competition heats up in just a couple of weeks.

Safety Kenneth Edison-McGruder

The Cowboys lost a pair of talented safeties to graduation in Ramon Richards and Tre Flowers, and they aren’t going to be easy to replace. Senior Kenneth Edison-McGruder has eight starts at Oklahoma State’s “Star Linebacker” position, but now, he finds himself being potentially the most important member of the Cowboy pass defense.

A season ago, McGruder recorded 21 tackles,  a sack, a single pass defense, and he recovered a fumble, which he returned for a touchdown. Much more will be expected out of him this season, so it would be nice to see him step up and show some leadership in the season opener.

Wide Receiver Tyron Johnson

A season ago, Tyron Johnson was an LSU-transfer with a lot of potential. As a sophomore, showed a sign of brilliance when he caught a 44-yard touchdown in the season opener against Tulsa, and he tallied 118 yards and two touchdowns against Oklahoma, but besides that, he was largely considered a letdown.

This season, I expect Johnson to take a huge step forward and become more of the downfield threat that he was expected to be last year. He needs to quickly become one of Cornelius’s go-to receivers, and what better way to rack up some some serious numbers than a lowly FCS team like the Bears?

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