A Secure Identity
There’s no confusion about the deadliest part of Oklahoma State’s offense.
“That’s really who we are here,” Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy says. “We throw the ball deep a bunch. We just keep chunking it over your head, and we run the ball a little bit. And the threat of what we can do throwing the ball over your head is kind of who we are on offense.”
So yeah, it’s natural. But’s also an acquired skill. There’s no way to prove the claim, but Gundy figures Oklahoma State practices throwing deep more than most other teams. This much also is true.
“He’s just playing to our strengths,” Rudolph says. “We’ve got dudes who can run by you.” [USA Today]
Gundy saying stuff like this excites me. Cox had some great thoughts about how the team is unusually aware of who they are compared to previous years and it’s true: an unstoppable passing attack with a budding running game.
Nightmares of a potent passing attack wasting away with a fledgling running game gaining no respect aren’t too far in the past. And that brings the question: is the confidence because of the world-class deep ball-led passing attack or four seniors blocking for Justice Hill?
It seems like it’s probably both and that’s why Gundy feels so confident calling his shot in April.
Extra Set of Hands
Gundy was quoted with his peers talking about the tenth coaching position that will open up next fall.
”For us, the biggest impact is being able to regulate our players, stay on top of their academics, their social lives, things like that, more so than anything,” Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said. ”It certainly helps to have coaches on the field, but for us, we spend a lot of time trying to regulate these guys in the different areas other than football.” [Yahoo Sports]
While most of his peers are talking special teams or evening the staff on sides of the ball, Gundy sounds like he’s looking for a summer camp counselor. It’s either the source only using Gundy’s quote that was different or another window into the Cowboy program and it’s established culture. FWIW, Snyder sounded pretty similar.
OSU and NCAA Notes
This seems functional: Bama d-line reveled in head coach yelling at OC…. Baylor hired a new president, a really sharp gal who played basketball at OSU (also, from my hometown)….NBC says Mixon is sliding down draft boards….One of the Pokes’ best arms is done for the year
Fun win for the Pokes over ORU last night on a late walkoff in extra innings:
— Cowboy Baseball (@OSUBaseball) April 19, 2017
Impressed with the solid impressions – Orgeron in “The Blind Side” gives about as much cred as Ford in “The Sixth Man.”
Coach O impressions by @LSUFootball players.
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SEC Now. 9 PM/ET. pic.twitter.com/mk26toLCYO
— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) April 18, 2017
It’s a big jump to make, sitting out a year will be great for Weathers. Look out winter 2018.
— Cowboy Basketball (@OSUMBB) April 19, 2017
Poor kiddo. Enters the world in khakis and a desire to push any rule you put in front of him.
Something about this kid, A Winner & Champ all the way! Enthusiasm! M Fan! Harbaugh Lee Fettig, keep an eye on him. pic.twitter.com/aq7fpA0LjE
— Coach Harbaugh (@CoachJim4UM) April 18, 2017
What You Missed on PFB
- OSU will host six titles through 2020
- Can Mason actually win the Heisman?
- One national pundit thinks the Pokes are making the playoff this fall
- Porter and Hayden chat about the spring game
- The other Jhajuan is making his case to go pro
- Fun recruiting news: Pokes landed an o-lineman and a QB
- Boynton is pretty excited about the Miami (Ohio) transfer
Other Stuff I’m Reading
Can Russ’ leadership pull the Thunder past Houston?….Solid thoughts on making friends post-college….Reading a book on the beatitudes right now but this short piece is a great primer….Four disciplines for getting stuff done