OSU football: Braydon Johnson's role expands to kick returns
STILLWATER — Oklahoma State receiver Braydon Johnson’s role continues to expand. This time, it’s as a kick returner.
Johnson returned kicks for the first time during Saturday’s 34-27 win over TCU at Boone Pickens Stadium.
It was a move that slid speedster LD Brown to the opposite side of the field as the secondary returner. Brown was banged up entering the game, so the Cowboys lightened his work load but left him on the field if needed.
“We put Braydon back there to give him a shot,” OSU coach Mike Gundy said. “He’s obviously very fast and kickoff return part of it is if you hit a crease and you’re fast, it’s a good play. We’re going to leave him there and let him do it.”
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Johnson returned three kicks for 57 yards. His longest was 23.
He also caught a 47-yard pass a week after his 50-yard touchdown reception at Iowa State. A redshirt sophomore, he’s started to see more time on the field the past few weeks.
“We’re increasing his workload based on the success he’s had and his ability to handle himself on and off the field,” Gundy said. “He’s done really well this year and he’s starting to see signs on the field.”