OSU football: Tylan Wallace feeling like old self without knee brace
STILLWATER — Oklahoma State receiver Tylan Wallace spent a good portion of the preseason wearing a brace on his surgically repaired knee, along with a green no-contact jersey for added protection during practice.
But as this week’s game against Tulsa — set for 11 a.m. Saturday at Boone Pickens Stadium — got closer, Wallace got back to full contact, and he eventually removed the knee brace as well.
“I feel like I’m back where I was, back where I used to be,” Wallace said. “I probably had the green jersey on for a couple weeks. I had it on for a while, and realized I was getting close to game day and it was gonna have to come off.
“It came off, took the brace off, got into some contact stuff, starting running routes without it and felt perfectly fine. I feel kind of like the old me now. I feel like I’m going out there and playing football like I used to.”
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Wallace, a Blietnikoff Award finalist in 2018, tore his ACL late last October, finishing his junior season with 903 yards and eight touchdowns in eight games.
Quarterback Spencer Sanders has seen Wallace regain his confidence in practice. And the quarterback has had to remind Wallace to take it easy at times in drills.
“His motivation to get back and hold himself accountable for his job — he’s gonna do what he’s put on film the past three years. He’s gonna give it his 100%,” Sanders said. “I love watching Tylan play.
“I think he’s ballin' even better than he was last year.”