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Notebook: Gundy Gives Back, Braydon Johnson’s Speed and Jeter Comparisons

Stoner names “the fastest guy on the team” and he’s not from Canada.



STILLWATER — The young players on the Oklahoma State football team had another week to impress, and some of them have.

The team met with the media following Friday’s practice, the first practice of the week. Here are some of the storylines from the availability.

Gundy to Send Care Package to Tyler Trent

The College Football Awards show brings a lot of people together who otherwise might not meet.

One of those meetings was Mike Gundy and Tyler Trent. Trent, a huge Purdue fan, discovered he had bone cancer when he was 15. Trent went into remission and lived without cancer for two years before it returned right before he got on campus at Purdue as a student. At the award’s show Dec. 3, Trent received the Disney Spirit Award.

Gundy met with Trent while at the show, and Gundy said he told Trent he was going to send him a box of OSU garb. Gundy said Trent told him he would wear the orange and black and cheer for OSU when he wasn’t rooting for Purdue.

“Some people in life don’t get dealt the hand that we all expect them to, and it’s extremely difficult, so I think we’re all responsible for trying to make it better for those people,” Gundy said. “Purdue and coach (Jeff) Brohm, they’ve done an unbelievable job of making his life and his days much better, so I really enjoyed the five-minute conversation I had with him and his mom and dad, and he said he would cheer for Oklahoma State, so that made me happy.”

Stoner Backs Braydon Johnson in a Race Against Chuba Hubbard

When talking about younger guys who have impressed him in these bowl practices, Dillon Stoner mentioned C.J. Moore, Jahmyl Jeter and the most in-depth review he gave was on redshirt freshman Braydon Johnson.

“Braydon Johnson, he’s continued to improve throughout the season,” Stoner said. “Probably the fastest guy on the team, so he’s going to be difficult to cover.”

That’s interesting because Chuba Hubbard is also on that team. Hubbard finished fourth at the 2015 IAAF World Youth Championships in the 100 meters. Hubbard is also a three-time Canadian national champ in the 100 meters.

Johnson’s bonafides in the sprint game aren’t as highly touted, but the 6-foot-1 receiver did compete on the Arlington-Bowie state champion track team in high school.

“I’d love to see a race,” Stoner said. “I’d love to see a flat out 100. It’d be a lot of fun to see. I’m taking Braydon. With the receiver. Running backs get a lot of love. I’m going Braydon.”

Jahmyl Jeter Receives High-Level Comparisons

Last week Gundy joked that the freshman running back ran the wrong way a few times in his increased reps during the bowl practices. Friday, though, the Jeter reviews were quite a bit higher.

Gundy said he has to “chew on him” early in practice, but he said Jeter responds well. He also mentioned these reps Jeter is getting now will be important to propel him forward in the spring and into next fall.

“He has a good patience with him,” Gundy said. “To be honest with you, he runs a lot like Chris Carson. He’ll run then kinda stop, and then he’ll find the seam and go. He’s more of a slasher.”

In Carson’s final season at OSU, he was listed at 6-foot-1, 215 pounds. Jeter, a freshman, is listed at 6-feet, 210 pounds. But the comparisons didn’t stop with the former Poke. Jeter was also mentioned in the same breath as a 2017 All-Pro running back.

“Jeter, the running back, is very smooth,” Stoner said. “He kinda reminds me of Le’Veon (Bell) running the ball. He’s going to continue to grow.”

Carson’s stat line this season: 179 carries, 794 yards and five touchdowns

Bell’s stat line this season: 0 carries, 0 yards and 0 touchdowns

Just saying.

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