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OSU football: Tulsa offense provides a multi-pronged threat

STILLWATER — For all the excitement floating around about the Oklahoma State defense, it should get a moderately thorough test in the season opener against Tulsa at 11 a.m. Saturday in Boone Pickens Stadium.

Tulsa has a returning starter at quarterback for the first time since 2016. Zach Smith threw for 3,279 yards with 19 touchdowns and nine interceptions last season.

He’s got a 1,000-yard rusher in Shamari Brooks, and another impact running back in Corey Taylor to provide a ground threat. 

And 1,000-yard receiver Keylon Stokes leads a deep group of options for Smith to throw to.

“They’ve got wide receivers that can go up and get the ball,” OSU coach Mike Gundy said. “They put them in the inside slot position and they do a nice job with play-pass and double-moves and such. I would expect them to attack us in that area.”

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Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy talks with Oklahoma State's Jarrick Bernard-Converse (24) during a game last season. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]

Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy talks with Oklahoma State's Jarrick Bernard-Converse (24) during a game last season. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]

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Scott Wright

A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and... Read more ›

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