One of the Cowboys’ top receiving options could play Saturday for the first time in about a month.
Jaden Bray is probable for Oklahoma State’s 3 p.m. kick against Houston, according to Dave Hunziker. Bray hasn’t played since the Cowboys’ trip to Morgantown on Oct. 21. Hunziker also noted Cole Birmingham and Joe Michalski are “healthier” this week after gutting out performances last week in Orlando. The Pokes will continue to be without Jason Brooks Jr. and Elijah Collins after both also missed the UCF game.
A 6-foot-2 redshirt sophomore from Norman, Jaden Bray has caught 27 passes this season for 349 yards and a touchdown. Among Cowboys with at least 20 catches, Bray’s 12.93 yards per reception leads the team.
OSU coach Mike Gundy said Michalski didn’t practice much entering the UCF game, as the Cowboy center was dealing with an illness. Birmingham was banged up last week, leading to Taylor Miterko starting at left guard for the injured Brooks. Birmingham had been filling in for Brooks at left guard, so perhaps he will return to that spot against the Cougars.
With Collins out, expect a continued healthy dose of Ollie Gordon — the nation’s leading rusher. If Gordon does need to be spelled, look for Jaden Nixon to fill in. True freshman Sesi Vailahi was also impressive in garbage time in Orlando, running four times for 20 yards.
The Cowboys and Cougars kick at 3 p.m. on ESPN2.