Oklahoma State football: Three Cowboys and Miami Hurricanes to watch in Cheez-It Bowl
Here’s a look at three players to watch for each team in the Cheez-It Bowl. No. 21 Oklahoma State faces No. 18 Miami at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Fla.:
Oklahoma State players to watch
Quarterback Spencer Sanders: Points aren’t going to come as easily as they did against Baylor two weeks ago, but the consistency with which Sanders played that day needs to carry over. He completed 20 of 30 passes for 347 yards and three TDs that day, a week after completing less than half of his throws at TCU.
Receiver Tylan Wallace: He’s the Cowboys’ most impactful player and a constant big-play threat. The senior wideout could have taken a seat and saved himself for the NFL after suffering a mild knee injury against TCU on Dec. 5, but he chose to return and will be atop the list of Sanders’ targets on Tuesday.
Defensive end Brock Martin: Starter Trace Ford’s knee injury suffered against Baylor required surgery, meaning Martin’s role will be amped up even more. Martin has been effective in his redshirt junior season, with 23 tackles, 6.5 for loss and 2.5 sacks, plus the fumble return touchdown against TCU.
Miami players to watch
Quarterback D’Eriq King: The Miami offense averages 34.0 points per game and King’s big-play ability is a big reason for that. He has thrown for 2,573 yards with 22 touchdowns and just five interceptions, and rushed for 520 yards and four scores. He’s dangerous in the pocket, on designed runs, or scrambling when he’s chased. The Hurricanes have allowed 29 sacks on the season.
Tight end Brevin Jordan: A 6-foot-3, 245-pound junior from Las Vegas is second among pass-catchers in yards (490) and touchdowns (5), but more impressively, he posted his numbers over just seven games. He had his best game of the year last time out, with six catches for 140 yards and a touchdown against North Carolina.
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Safety Bubba Bolden: The 6-foot-3, 200-pound redshirt junior, who transferred from USC, leads the Hurricanes in tackles with 65, to go with four tackles for loss, a sack and four forced fumbles. His role has heightened since the loss of defensive back Al Blades Jr., who was diagnosed with myocarditis in early December and ruled out for the rest of the season.