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August 9, 2012

3 p.m. Sports Minute

STILLWATER, Okla. — With all the questions swirling around true freshman quarterback Wes Lunt, there is also plenty of questions surrounding who could follow the lineage of Dez Bryant and Justin Blackmon as the next elite Oklahoma State wide receiver.

Junior college transfer Blake Jackson may prove to be that next link. Jackson, who was recruited as a tight end, is listed at 6-foot-3, 235-pounds — a slightly larger build than Bryant, who is listed at 6-2, 218-pounds for the Dallas Cowboys.

“He’s lost 20 pounds. He’s lighter on his feet, he runs routes better and his endurance is better," said OSU's inside receivers coach Doug Meacham. "He’s a long kid and he’s doing a lot of good things for us. Last spring, he leaned toward maybe a tight end look, whereas now he leans more toward a big receiver look. He’s looking a lot better.”

As for a replacement for Josh Cooper — a possession receiver that gave Brandon Weeden a solid target across from Blackmon — Meacham gave a similar comparison to sophomore Josh Stewart.

“He’s going to catch a lot of stuff underneath. He can make people miss," Meacham said. "He’s a shake-and-bake kind of guy, a Wes Welker-type that’s a checkdown guy. A second or third option guy that can make a five-yard catch into 15 yards. He’s probably going to catch a lot of balls.”

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