'Imagine what he can do': Why OSU football is excited about Brennan Presley's skills, leadership

Scott Wright

STILLWATER — Brennan Presley knows youth when he sees it, and he sees it all around him in Oklahoma State’s wide receiver position group. 

Presley has only been on campus for 14 months and he’s one of the experienced players on the OSU receiver depth chart that has more true freshmen (three) than upperclassmen (two).

With one big game and a few other impressive plays under his belt, the ceiling is high for Presley.

“IQ, using his athletic abilities with his head at the same time,” OSU quarterback Spencer Sanders said of Presley’s biggest improvement in his first offseason. “Last year, it was a bunch of raw talent. It was his first year, he was a freshman. He’s learning and he’s got a lot to learn. 

“He’s already proved that much and showed that much talent on the field just being here for only a year. So imagine what he can do being here for two years, three years or four years.”

Presley’s biggest moment came in the Cheez-It Bowl win over Miami in December, when he had 118 yards and three touchdowns on six receptions. After three weeks of bowl preparations, Presley showed that he’s capable of being a star in the Cowboy offense.

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Oklahoma State's Brennan Presley runs during the first football practice of preseason camp on Friday at the Sherman Smith Training Center.

“Brennan’s come a long ways,” OSU coach Mike Gundy said. “He started to get considerably better at the end of the year, based on reps. He settled in, started to figure it out. You saw him improve particularly in the bowl game when he had a month to prepare. 

“Once you know which direction to go, you can go really fast. Guys that are thinking — which is a young player at any position — they don’t play as fast. I think he’s starting to take that next step.”

At the same time, Presley knows he’s someone the other receivers look to as a leader, which can be tricky for a young guy, but he’s finding a way to fill that role.

“Because we’re so young, I’m trying to be a leader, be a voice,” Presley said. “Our receiver group, we have older guys, but we don’t necessarily have one person who leads the group. We all value that.

"Each person every single day — whether it’s me the first day, Braydon Johnson the next day, Tay Martin — somebody each day can step up and have a voice. It’s not an older guy thing. It’s really all of us.”

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OSU receiver depth chart

Name, Year, Ht., Wt., Hometown (Last school)

Outside receivers


Tay Martin, Sr., 6-3, 186, Houma, Louisiana (Washington State)

Blaine Green, Fr., 6-1, 215, Allen, Texas (Allen HS)


Jaden Bray, Fr., 6-2, 187, Norman (Norman HS)

Bryson Green, Fr., 6-1, 205, Allen, Texas (Allen HS)

Inside receiver


Brennan Presley, So., 5-8, 175, Tulsa (Bixby HS)


Braydon Johnson, RSr., 6-0, 200, Arlington, Texas (Bowie HS)