You can’t have an all-decade team without some controversy and we’ve certainly got plenty of it at the wide receiver position where a pair of Cowboys, and a Wildcat, edged out a trio of Sooners.
After taking a break for the NFL Draft and recruiting news we’re back to the All-Decade offense with a set of receivers that is going to make Oklahoma State fans smile with good memories. Justin Blackmon and James Washington, along with Kansas State’s Tyler Lockett, join our team as the most dominant receivers in the Big 12 over the last ten years.
The Bedlam rivalry means nothing though if Oklahoma fans don’t stand up for Ryan Broyles, Sterling Shepard, and CeeDee Lamb, all of whom would be deserving as well. Especially Broyles who broke the all-time FBS career reception record in 2011. You can count me in among those who believed that Broyles should have been on the team but when you offer up a vote you have to accept the results. I will do so, but under protest.
Since the inception of the conference back in 1996, the Big 12 has seen a number of incredibly receivers come through the ranks, and while not all of them have gone on to lucrative NFL careers, they made their impact known while playing on Saturdays.
Justin Blackmon was a guy that became an Oklahoma State legend before he even left Stillwater, and with good reason. After making a small but known impact as a freshman, Blackmon received the Biletnikoff Award as the NCAA’s best receiver in both his sophomore and junior years.
Blackmon pulled in just over 3500 receiving yards in his career, which ranks him 7th in Big 12 history. The 6 guys ahead of Blackmon all played 4 years in college, one more than he did.
While his NFL career didn’t pan out due to poor personal choices, Blackmon’s ability to catch a football for the Oklahoma State Cowboys will not be soon forgotten.
James Washington is another receiver who made an impact that may stand the test of time. A 4-year guy for Oklahoma State, Washington is the all-time leader for receiving yards for the Cowboys with 4472 yards. That number puts him at #2 in Big 12 history, just 104 yards behind Sooner legend Ryan Broyles, as well #7 in NCAA history.
Washington was an impact player for the Cowboys starting in his freshman year, and by his sophomore year, he was a budding star. Amassing over 1000 receiving yards in his final 3 seasons in Stillwater, Washington received the Biletnikoff Award in his senior year when he pulled down 1549 receiving yards for 13 touchdowns.
While his NFL career is still young, it appears that Washington will be making a positive impact on the football field for years to come.Zack Low – Heartland Sports
Tyler Lockett was the next in line from the family (joining father Kevin and uncle Aaron) to be a star for Bill Snyder’s Kansas State Wildcats. In 2011 he was the Big 12 Offensive Freshman of the Year after posting an average of 106.3 all-purpose yards per game. That number increased each year as he became one of the most explosive players, averaging 176.7 all-purpose yards during his senior campaign in 2014.
“I said, ‘I am really glad you are graduating. That kid is just a special, special football player.”Former West Virginia Coach on what he said to Lockett after he posted 321 all-purpose yards in a 26-20 win over the Mountaineers in 2014
Ryan Broyles – Oklahoma | A two-time All-Conference honoree (2010, 2011) Broyles broke the all-time FBS career reception record in 2011 when he hauled in his 317th catch in a game against Kansas. He finished his career with 349 receptions for 4,586 yards and 45 touchdowns.
Sterling Shepard – Oklahoma | An All-Conference selection in 2014 and 2015, Shepard amassed 3,482 yards and 26 touchdowns in four seasons with the Sooners.
CeeDee Lamb – Oklahoma | Perhaps the most NFL-ready receiver the Big 12 has produced since Justin Blackmon, Lamb averaged 21.4 yards per catch during his final campaign with the Sooners. In three season he produced 3,292 receiving yards and 32 touchdowns.
Undoubtedly that’s not going to settle well with some while it’ll be completely fine with others. Let us know your thoughts comments section.
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