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How Draft-Eligible Oklahoma State Prospects Performed vs Tulsa

  • The Draft Network
  • September 19, 2020
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In what was one of the odder games of the noon kickoffs, Oklahoma State pulled out a 16-7 victory over Tulsa. In the first half, the Cowboys struggled to move the ball after starting quarterback Spencer Sanders exited the game during the waning moments of the first quarter following an injury to his right ankle. The redshirt junior thrower was a name that many were looking forward to seeing during the team's opening game of the season, but he finished the afternoon only throwing two passes, completing both passes for 23 yards. 

Tylan Wallace and Chuba Hubbard were the other prospects that evaluators were anticipating seeing on the offensive side, while safety Kolby Harvell-Peel and cornerback Rodarius Williams were the defenders under a watchful eye. As it turns out, the Tulsa prospects had other plans and they were ones who received the most memorable takeaways. 

Tylan Wallace, Wide Receiver

Size: 6-foot-0, 190, Senior

Returning from a torn ACL during the 2019 season, there was a lot of anticipation for Wallce to take the field this season. During the first half of the game, it was a rough go for the senior receiver after Sanders failed to return to the game. Backup quarterback Ethan Bullock didn’t target the star wideout, but during the first play out of the locker room, third-string quarterback Shane Illingworth targeted Wallace right away. Finishing the game with four catches for 94 yards, Wallace displayed the traits that made him one of the more productive wideouts in the country. 

His combination of toughness, catch-point aggressiveness and competitiveness shined on all of his receptions as he had to climb the ladder and win. Attacking the ball at its highest point, Wallace continuously showed why he’s one of the best contested-catch targets in the country. The area that he struggled in was beating press and having a plan at the line of scrimmage in order to avoid the jams. Experiencing difficulties with gaining free releases and instead attempting to win with release straight to the sideline, he often leaves throwers with little margin for error. Getting through cleanly, holding the line, and stacking corners is an area that he will need to show growth in moving forward.  

Chuba Hubbard, Running Back

Size: 6-foot-0, 208, Redshirt Junior

An explosive play machine, Hubbard faced some difficulties throughout the game because of the situation under center. With minimal threat of a passing game, he faced lots of loaded boxes and Tulsa was the beneficiary of selling out on the run to stop the senior rusher. Finishing the game with 93 rushing yards on 27 carries and a touchdown, he displayed lots of likable traits when given room. Because of the different defensive structures he received, he struggled to get out of his funk until the final quarter. Scoring the go-ahead touchdown, he put the Cowboys ahead 10-7.

Hubbard is a smooth and upright runner that has the speed necessary to reel off chunk plays in a hurry, but this was a bit of a different game for him as he had to take a much more patient approach due to the different set of circumstances. 

Hubbard’s biggest warts reared their heads early on as he continued to struggle in pass protection. Not knowing the techniques necessary to stand in and take on blockers, he often relies on cut blocking. The same held true during the first quarter as he surrendered a sack after falling to the ground during an attempt to mow down the defender’s knees. Missing his target led to an eventual sack.

Kolby Harvell-Peel, Safety

Size: 6-foot-0, 210, Junior

During the last play of the 2019 season, Harvell-Peel suffered a torn ACL. Ready to rebound and show that he’s healthy again during his junior season, he had a promising showing on Saturday. Known for his comfort around the box, he has created a reputation of being much more than that due to his ball production. Ending with five interceptions a season ago, he showed that he has the ball skills required to be in contention with being an on the roof player. Even though he was used in many areas a season ago, Harvell-Peel trends more toward being more comfortable the closer he is to the box, but against Tulsa, he was deployed in many facets. Used as a linebacker and safety covering the slot, he finished the contest with another interception, but he also surrendered the lone touchdown scored by the opposition in the closing moments prior to halftime

Rodarius Williams, Cornerback

Size: 6-foot-0, 195, Redshirt Senior

The younger brother of Cleveland Browns corner Greedy Williams, the younger Williams had an active game. Having a couple pass breakups and remaining sticky to Tulsa receivers helped him prevent lots of plays downfield. Matchups attempted to unravel from him, but he showed growth as a press corner. Thought to be more of a zone corner due to his lack of twitch and true top-end speed, he displayed some promise as a press-man option that can survive in those areas. Known as a smart and instinctive player, those were the traits that helped him have a standout game.

Extra Notes:

Running back L.D. Brown was a pleasant surprise in the Cowboys backfield. Seen as a priority free agent coming into the season, he helped himself while aiding Hubbard during his early-game struggles. Finishing the game with nine carries for 63 yards, he scored on an explosive 51-yard touchdown, but it was negated after a holding penalty. Even without the large gain, he managed to look like the better of the two backs on Saturday.

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