One of the best returning receivers in the country this year is Oklahoma State’s Tylan Wallace. Could he become the school’s second ever Heisman winner? Here are two props available to wager at Mybookie on Wallace’s Heisman Trophy chances and Oklahoma State’s 2020 college football season – assuming there is one – and an overview.
Tylan Wallace Heisman Trophy Odds & Analysis For 2020 Season
When he finished high school, Wallace ranked among the top-15 all-time in Texas high school football, with 3,760 career receiving yards to go along with 48 touchdowns and 182 catches. When it came to recruiting, Wallace was a four-star recruit and ranked in the top-75 overall. Wallace’s college career started quietly, with seven receptions in 13 games for 118 yards.
In 2018, Wallace was a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award, which goes to the nation’s top receiver. He was also a first-team All-American. The Texas native blew up with 86 catches for 1,491 yards and 12 touchdowns.
That yardage was the fifth-best total in school history and three of the four ahead of him came in Biletnikoff Award-winning seasons from Justin Blackmon in 2010 and 2011 and James Washington in 2017. The yards also marked the second-most prolific receiving season for an underclassman in school history, trailing only the 1,782 yards by Blackmon in his Biletnikoff Award-winning season of 2010.
Wallace’s 66 first-down receptions led all Power Five conference players and ranked second nationally. In Oklahoma State’s three games against teams ranked in the top 10 of the Associated Press poll, he averaged 5.6 receptions, 168.0 receiving yards and 2.0 receiving touchdowns per game.
Last year, Wallace’s numbers weren’t as good but that’s because he suffered a torn ACL in practice and was limited to eight games. Wallace still earned second-team All-Big 12 status despite missing half of the conference season to injury. He averaged 112.9 receiving yards per game to rank fourth in the FBS and first among all receivers from Power Five conferences before sustaining a season-ending injury in practice in week nine.
His 903 yards through eight games led the Big 12 and his eight receiving touchdowns ranked second. His season average of 112.9 receiving yards per game led the Big 12. At the time of his injury, Wallace was leading the nation in catches of 60 yards or longer, catches of 70 yards or longer and catches of 90 yards or longer. Among Power Five conference receivers with a minimum of 45 receptions, he was leading the nation with 17.0 yards per reception at the time of his injury.
That injury might have been a blessing in disguise for OSU because Wallace might have turned pro but instead returned to school.
“We are building something special in Stillwater, and I’m not ready to leave because this is where I belong,” said Wallace in a statement. “God has a plan for my life, and I believe he places every roadblock for me to overcome. I want to give back to my family, my teammates, and the entire OSU community because I am beyond thankful. I’m after a Big 12 Championship in 2020 and believe we have the team to do it. With that being said, I will be returning to Oklahoma State for my senior season. Let’s ride.”
Wallace cited his twin brother Tracin as a big reason he is staying as they will graduate together. Tylan is still working toward being 100 percent sometime in June, which was the schedule after surgery. It would have been difficult to evaluate Wallace’s stock had he declared for the 2020 draft. His ACL tear would keep him from working out at the NFL combine or at OSU’s Pro Day. His brother Tracin had three ACL tears in three years before retiring from football.