Kasey Dunn has routinely put together an impressive receiving corps for the past decade, but guys have typically waited their turns.
Tay Martin might not be one of them.
On Aug. 22, Martin announced his late transfer to Oklahoma State from Washington State. He was granted eligibility on Sept. 4, just a couple of weeks before the Cowboys were set to open the season.
Now just days away from the start of the season, Martin has only been in Stillwater for about four weeks and he’s already proved himself to coach Mike Gundy that he has learned enough of the offense to earn snaps.
Gundy said to expect him to see “an extensive” number of snaps for Martin against Tulsa.
Martin comes to Stillwater from Washington State and was coached by air raid connoisseur Mike Leach..
“Well actually Leach built his offense off ours, but either way the terminology is relatively similar and so it did help him in his adjustment to Oklahoma State,” Gundy said.
Fellow receiver star Tylan Wallace said that coming from Leach’s system definitely helped Martin adjust quickly to the ways of Gundy and the Cowboys.
Martin just had to learn the different smaller tweaks in the style.
“I think that helped him a lot, running the spread and everything, airing the ball out,” Wallace said. “Having that experience behind him is definitely going to help him in the way we run our offense for sure.”
Martin brings size and physicality to an already deep receiving corp and provides another receiver who can bring down contested passes opposite of Wallace.
“You can tell by watching him run routes and everything that he’s a real good ball player, good routes, good hands and everything,” Wallace said. “I think he’s fitting in real well with our offense and the way we run things. I think you should expect to see a lot of him on Saturday.”
Quarterback Spencer Sanders doesn’t lack weapons this season with the return of Chuba Hubbard, Dillon Stoner and Wallce, but Martin also brings a lot of experience to the offense.
Sanders said he’s already seen that Martin is a great player based on the film that’s already out there.
“His snaps are documented like you can go out there and see it, so he has reliable film to show and back him up,” Sanders said. “I think he’s a great player. Recently he’s been learning our playbook. It isn't this small, it's humongous.”
When it comes to helping any of the new players, and especially Martin, the whole team has been helping them together.
The team mentality has helped bring Martin along and put him in the position to see the field less than a month after he arrived on campus.
“Everybody wants everybody to succeed,” Sanders said. “That doesn’t mean I’m not helping him, that means everybody wants to help him. That’s what I really like about this team. It’s not only me helping him. I like that he’s taking information from everybody and he’s just learning he’s going and he’s getting better everyday.”