OSU football: Tylan Wallace expected to play in Cheez-It Bowl vs. Miami Hurricanes
STILLWATER — In the season of opt-outs, Oklahoma State receiver Tylan Wallace is bucking the trend.
Despite missing the last game of the regular season with a minor knee injury, Wallace is expected to play in the Cheez-It Bowl against Miami at 4:30 p.m. next Tuesday.
“I just think that’s a testament to his character,” fellow receiver Dillon Stoner said. “He’s a Cowboy through and through. Not to speak down on anyone who has opted out for the rest of the year, but he wants to go out on a high note. Being a little nicked up, I think he wants to go out, play a good team and have a good last experience as a Cowboy.”
For the season, Wallace has 877 yards and six touchdowns on 53 receptions. For his career, he ranks fifth all-time at OSU with 3,389 yards, to go with 26 touchdowns (sixth) on 199 receptions (fifth).
Wallace is projected as a top-10 receiver in the NFL Draft next spring, making him likely to be drafted in the first three rounds.
Sills still contemplating future
Oklahoma State offensive lineman Josh Sills will wait until after the Cheez-It Bowl to make a decision about his college future.
The 6-foot-6, 326-pound Sills is in his fifth season, but is classified as a redshirt junior, because he was previously granted a sixth year of eligibility due to injuries suffered while he was at West Virginia.
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“I have NOT made a decision on my future,” Sills posted on Twitter in response to reports saying he was returning to OSU next season. “That is something my family and I will talk about after our season is over.”
Sills came to Oklahoma State in January as a graduate transfer and started all 10 games of the regular season, splitting time between guard and tackle. He moved positions multiple times to help fill in for injured players.
He is likely to start at right tackle in the bowl game.
OSU added some help on the interior of the offensive line on Monday with the commitment of Danny Godslevke, a graduate transfer center from Miami of Ohio.
Cowboys thankful to have made it through season
To this point, Oklahoma State has played every game it was scheduled to play after the coronavirus pandemic hit.
There were some postponements and tense times, but the Cowboys made it through. And that fact is not lost on these players.
“You know, 2020 has been crazy from start to end,” said cornerback Jarrick Bernard-Converse. “It’s just something you have to deal with, even though it’s been a lot of ups and downs.
“It’s just like any other year, you cherish every moment, because you never know when it’ll be the last moment. I just take it day by day and enjoy every moment.”
Testing three times a week for COVID-19 wasn’t always easy, but the players pushed through.
“It was very disciplined of us as a team,” linebacker Malcolm Rodriguez said. “We did a very good job of getting to play every week. Some teams were unfortunately not able to play every game, so it’s just a privilege to get to play every week.”