'Opportunities are endless': Oklahoma State's Brennan Presley ready for added duties in return game

Scott Wright

STILLWATER — In the Cheez-It Bowl last December, Brennan Presley gave Oklahoma State fans a look at what his future might possess as a playmaker in the Cowboy offense.

At the same time, Presley got a glimpse of what his future would look like as a full-time starter, including punt and kick returns.

“It’s definitely more to take on than last year,” said Presley, who was a true freshman last fall. “It’s a lot to do, especially with the bowl game being my first game actually playing the amount of snaps you get, plus the amount of kickoff and punt returns. 

“The opportunities are endless, so it’s really good, but it makes me realize I have a lot more to do in terms of conditioning, just to be ready so I can be out there for a full game.”

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Oklahoma State's Brennan Presley will be the primary return man on special teams this fall.

In high school, Presley made his name as a big-play threat anytime he touched the ball, and those traits have carried over to OSU, where the sophomore hopes to bring a little bit of electricity to the return game. 

Dillon Stoner was reliable as a punt returner the past two-plus seasons, but he wasn’t a threat for long returns. That’s where Presley could provide a spark.

That’s the only major change among the primary figures on special teams for OSU. 

Placekicker Alex Hale, who is coming back from tearing the ACL in his plant leg, has been strong in his return. Hale was 13-of-14 on field goals last season before suffering the injury during warmups for the Oklahoma game.

Punter Tom Hutton improved his punting average by nearly 2 yards per kick, from an average of 38.7 as a freshman to 40.5 as a sophomore. Last season, 26 of his 59 punts were downed inside the 20-yard line. 

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OSU special teams depth chart

Name, Class, Ht., Wt., Hometown (Previous school)


Alex Hale, RJr., 6-0, 204, Point Frederick, Australia (St. Edwards)

Brady Pohl, RSo., 6-2, 207, Kansas City, Missouri (Liberty North)


Tom Hutton, Jr., 6-3, 201, Newborough, Australia (ProKick)

Tanner Brown, Sr., 6-0, 160, Saugus, California (UNLV)

Long snapper

Matt Hembrough, RSr., 6-3, 215, Lisle, Illinois (Benet)

Zeke Zaragoza, RJr., 5-10, 205, Ontario, California (San Bernadino Valley)

Punt returner

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

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

Kickoff returner

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

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

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