CFB Player Profile: WR Tylan Wallace, Oklahoma State

WR Tylan Wallace, Oklahoma State

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HOMETOWN (HIGH SCHOOL): Fort Worth, TX (South Hills)
247 RATING: .9442
YEAR: Senior

Receiving: 146 catches, 2,512  yards (17.2 ypc), 20 touchdowns

Receiving: 53 catches, 903  yards (17.0 ypc), 8 touchdowns


Tylan Wallace Breakdown

Injuries never seem like a blessing, but Tylan Wallace tearing ACL made his choice easier. Oklahoma State gets back one of the best receivers in college football, and one that’s motivated to come back better than ever.

Wallace goes by the nickname Superman to those closest to him (and his Twitter handle features the nickname). It comes from his ability to thrive in anything he does. It’s not a surprise that he became one of the best receivers in the country, but his success also hasn’t changed him. He still works hard to get where he wants to go, and brings his humility with him. Friends and coaches describe him as a workaholic, and head coach Mike Gundy used Wallace as an example for how his sons should approach their studies. His work off the field produces the results you’d expect, and any weaknesses won’t limit him.

He’s not the biggest receiver, and sometimes can get hung up with a physical press corner, but Wallace makes it work no matter what he faces. He might have the best hands in the country, and catching passes in traffic are routine for him. Once his hands are on the football, it’s tough for any defender to get it out. Wallace is a deep threat with his speed, but he also accelerates through the cuts on his routes, which creates separation that’s tough to recover for a defender.

Like his efforts off the field, Wallace competes for every ball that’s thrown his direction. He’s good at adjusting to any pass thrown his way, especially if it’s off target or thrown short. His flexibility in the air makes for some thrilling catches, and hard hits don’t jar the ball loose with his strong hands. Wallace’s recovery from his torn ACL will be a focus in the offseason, but there shouldn’t be any concern about his ability to return to form. The foundation of work he put in before he was injured tells us how he’ll attack rehab, and a healthy Wallace makes the Cowboys a title contender.  

Joe Broback
Joe Broback

Joe Broback is a college football contributor for Sports and Fitness Digest.

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