STILLWATER, Okla. —
Last season the Oklahoma State University wide receivers were young but an exciting group to watch. With new receiver coach Jason Ray joining the staff from Wyoming, their enthusiasm has grown.
“He is a young enthusiastic coach who is new to our profession,” coach Mike Gundy said. “I was attracted to him because he is from Oklahoma and played at Missouri in an offense that focused on speed. He’s got a good temperament and a good future in our game.”
Oklahoma State isn’t Ray’s first rodeo in the Big 12 conference as he played for Missouri, when it was in the conference from 2003 through 2007. Ray is looking forward to returning to the conference he called home as a player.
“It’s a great conference,” Ray said. “A lot of great things in this conference. It’s one that will be an exciting conference. Just to be back in this region, in Stillwater is a blessing and I’m fortunate to be here.”
With the Cowboys only losing one receiver in Isaiah Anderson, they have a lot depth returning. Ray said it’s been exciting working with the guys.
“The inside guys are really talented,” Ray said. “You have Josh Stewart and David Glidden. We flop those guys around and have gotten away from the inside and outside receiver thing to make them interchangeable. Overall the group is a pretty strong focused group.”
The receivers seem to feed off the energy that Ray brings to practices.
“He’s a new coach that came in. He’s a really cool guy,” junior receiver Josh Stewart said. “He’s a great mentor to learn from. He knows what he’s doing. He’s a really good encouraging guy.”
“He knows a lot of things we are going through right now,” sophomore receiver David Glidden said. “He’s a positive guy. He’s always coaching us and wanting to make us better. ... He loves making big plays. Out on the field he jumps up and down with his fists in the air.”