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Stoner rises when Wallace goes down

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NCAA Football: Iowa State at Oklahoma State

Oct 24, 2020; Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA; Oklahoma State Cowboys wide receiver Dillon Stoner (17) catches a pass as Iowa State Cyclones linebacker Mike Rose (23) defends in the first quarter at Boone Pickens Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Sarah Phipps-USA TODAY Sports

Dillon Stoner has a weird role in Oklahoma State’s offense.

He is considered the second-best receiver on the roster, but it’s hard to tell by the numbers.

He is averaging 32.8 yards per game this season and has only surpassed the number twice. He has yet to score a touchdown this year.

His best statistical game of the season came last week when he caught seven passes for 62 yards against Kansas State, a game Tylan Wallace missed because of an undisclosed muscle injury he suffered in practice.

“It was kind of weird with Tylan in that he got banged up a little bit mid-week, the game plan is already settled in and you expect him to play,” offensive coordinator Kasey Dunn said. “Now, all of a sudden, Dillon is learning what Tylan was supposed to be running.”

Stoner is no Tylan Wallace, but he elevates his game when he is needed.

He averages 30.5 yards per game when Wallace is in the lineup over the past two seasons. His production jumps to 85.6 yards per game when Wallace is inactive.

“When my opportunity comes I try to stay ready for it and make the most of it,” Stoner said. “I know I may not always be the most talented, so . . . I try to pass the limits that I think I have."

Those opportunities don’t always come for Stoner. He has 20 receptions less than Wallace in the games they have both played with 15.

One-third of Stoner’s total production came in the Kansas State game.

Offensive lineman Ry Schneider said he trusts teammates such as Stoner, who take the place of an injured player.

“When they come in, you have to believe they’re going to do their job, and you can’t worry about them because you have to worry about your own job,” Schneider said. “That’s when you’re going to start messing up.”

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