Oklahoma State wide receiver Tay Martin is one of six 2020 seniors who decided to stay at OSU and play an extra season in light of the NCAA eligibility ruling around COVID-19.
Martin, who transferred to Oklahoma State from Washington State shortly before the start of the 2020 season, has made the most of his extra season with the Cowboys. Martin caught 70 passes for 942 yards and seven touchdowns in 2021.
Tay Martin's production this year doesn't come as a surprise to anyone who's aware of his performance in the 2020 Cheez-It Bowl. In a 37-34 Oklahoma State win against Miami, Martin made six catches for 73 yards.
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Tay Martin may well have seen more playing time in 2020 if not for one man: Oklahoma State All-American Tylan Wallace.
In 2020, Martin served as Wallace's back-up, but still managed to record 15 receptions for 149 yards on the season.
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Martin credits his close relationship with offensive coordinator and receivers coach Kasey Dunn.
“I learned a lot of X’s and O’s,” Martin said. “With Coach Dunn, in general, being the great receiver coach that he is, just getting to know as much as I did. I’m just grateful to learn those new aspects that will translate to the next level.”
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Tay Martin: 'They've greased up that fade'
The fade is a staple play in the Oklahoma State offense, and it has been since the days of Cowboy quarterback/wide receiver tandems like Zac Robinson/Dez Bryant, Brandon Weeden/Justin Blackmon.
Add Spencer Sanders/Tay Martin to the tradition of the fade at Oklahoma State.
“I’m always confident, especially in the red zone,” Martin said. “I have faith in my jumping ability, so I just want to go up there and make a play.”
Scott Wright of The Oklahoman contributed to this report.
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