OSU’s Brennan Presley to return to ‘dangerous’ 2024 offense

OSU’s Brennan Presley to return to ‘dangerous’ 2024 offense

Brennan Presley announced Saturday afternoon he is returning to OSU in 2024. His teammates hinted after OSU’s 31-23 Texas Bowl win the offense could be dangerous next season.

Ben Hutchens

By Ben Hutchens

| Dec 30, 2023, 6:00pm CST

Ben Hutchens

By Ben Hutchens

Dec 30, 2023, 6:00pm CST

Brennan Presley is returning to Oklahoma State next season, he announced on social media Saturday afternoon. 

Presley, a senior receiver, is using his “COVID year” of eligibility and is coming off his best season. He caught 101 passes for 991 yards and six touchdowns, all career-highs that led OSU. 

He is No. 4 on OSU’s all-time receptions list with 225, behind Rashaun Woods (293), Justin Blackmon (253) and James Washington (226). In OSU’s 31-23 Texas Bowl win against Texas A&M. Presley caught 16 passes, tying Alex Loyd’s single-game catch record of 16, which had stood since 1949. 

The other record Presley had in his sights Wednesday was one he mentioned to receiver Rashod Owens at halftime. Presley entered the game with 839 receiving yards this season and his big first half put him on track to crack 1,000 for the first time in his career.

“(Presley) was telling me, ‘I’m going to get that, and I’m trying to get to 1,000 yards as well,’” Owens said. “I was like ‘Oh you are close, so get that, too.’”

Presley ended up with 991 receiving yards this season, something that appeared to eat at him a little bit.

“I mean, just selfishly, I think I was like nine yards short of 1,000 so, selfishly, that’s a big thing for me,” Presley said. “But 100 catches is not bad, so I’ll take it.”

Now, he will have another chance to break 1,000 in an offense that could be the best he’s ever played in. 

Presley joins what is shaping up to be a strong receiving unit in 2024. Owens had a breakout season with 63 catches for 896 yards and five touchdowns. Junior De’Zhaun Stribling, a Washington State transfer, led OSU in receiving yards the first two weeks of the season before a concussion and later broken wrist ended his season. 

The only offensive players OSU has lost who started a game this season are receivers Jaden Bray (transfer portal, West Virginia), Leon Johnson III (out of eligibility) and tight ends Braden Cassity and Josiah Johnson (both out of eligibility). It returns at least four starters on the offensive line and running back Ollie Gordon, who led the nation in rushing.

“The large majority of players that are on this team that have the chance to come back have said that they want to come back,” coach Mike Gundy said. “I think they like the chemistry of the team. I think they like competing with each other against whoever we’re playing and they feel like we could make a really good run next year.” 

As quarterback Alan Bowman noted, aside from Johnson and tight ends Braden Cassity and Josiah Johnson, every player on the field at the Texas Bowl has a chance to come back.

“(Next year we could be) dangerous…dangerous for sure,” Bowman said. “We’ll have all five of those O-linemen up front back with some new additions. Get healthy. We’ll have all of those receivers back, obviously, Leon leaves and then we’ll get Strib back.”

Gordon also feels like the Cowboys could accomplish some big feats next year. He said the team has to make the 12-team football playoffs and bring a Heisman Trophy back to Stillwater. Both are lofty goals, and, when pressed, Gordon said he believes it can happen. 

“If you look at it, our line is coming back, our receivers come back. I mean, we could have another great year,” Gordon said.

 

 

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