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Friday, August 30, 2019

Player Spotlight: Tylan Wallace

Player Spotlight:  Tylan Wallace
by Nicholas "NinosCorner" Battle
When Oklahoma State needed a big play last year, they turned to standout wide receiver Tylan Wallace time and time again.  He was able to catch 86 balls for 1,491 yards and 12 touchdowns.  He can easily be looked a as the best receiver in the Big XII.  If you said he was, I don't believe many will argue against you.

What Wallace was able to accomplish in 2018 was remarkable.  Nearly 77% of his completions were for a 1st down.  Only 5 NFL receivers with at least 50 targets accomplished this.  Not only was Wallace a 1st down machine, he was also very explosive.  35 of his receptions went for 15+ yards, equating to a 40.7% explosive play rate (XP).  When calculated on the NFL curve, 23 of his receptions went for 20+ yards, totaling a 26.7 XP rate.  Only 12 NFL receivers bested this amount during the 2018 season.

Wallace's BattleStat Number (BSN) of 63.1 ranks extremely high for both college and the NFL; however, comparing him to a current NFL player is a bit difficult due to his intriguing skill set.  He's not the biggest of receivers; however, he plays like a "big" receiver.  Wallace reminds me of a smaller Kenny Golladay (BSN:64.3, XP: 27.1%, 1DN/catch: 80%) when he high-points the ball; however, when in space, he is reminiscent of Davante Adams (BSN:65.2, XP: 16.2%, 1DN/catch: 57.7%).

One thing that sets apart Wallace from other receivers of his stature is his tenacity to attack the ball while it's in the air.  If it's a 50/50 ball, Wallace will come down with the ball more times than not.  At 6' even, 185 pounds, he's tough as nails.  It is going to be a joy to observe his play this 2019 season.

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