August 22, 2007

Season on his Shoulders, Part I

Note: This is part one of a two-part series focusing on quarterback Bobby Reid.

Just how far can Oklahoma State go in 2007?

Many people - from fans to media members - believe that the Cowboys can only go as far as Bobby Reid can take them.

And if the Pokes can only go as far as Reid can throw the football, run past defenders or out-think the opponent, then the all-world prospect from Houston is carrying the entire load of the season on his shoulders.

So far at OSU, Reid has had mixed results. In 2005, he passed for 602 yards and two touchdowns (four interceptions) in seven games under center, adding 139 yards on the ground. That year was a transition season in many ways for the Cowboys, as the team shifted from Les Miles to Mike Gundy and the quarterback position shifted from Donovan Woods to Reid. The tumultuous season couldn't end fast enough, as the Pokes limped to a 4-7 record. But last season, everything turned around, as the team went 7-6, had several close losses which could have upped the win total and capped off the season winning the Independence Bowl. Reid was a large part of that turnaround, as his 2,266 passing yards, 24 TDs (11 INTs) and 500 rushing yards (five scores) helped the Pokes offense turn into one of the nation's most-potent units last season.

And while he had some nice numbers last season, the consensus on Reid is that he's yet to fully live up to his potential. But that's what you face when you're one of the most hyped prospects in the country coming out of high school. For his part, Reid believes that he's really catching onto the game at this level, including the quantum physics-size playbook put together by Larry Fedora.

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