A Look At The Bedlam Drive Charts

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. As we wind down looking at Bedlam (thankfully) I wanted to look at the drive charts to see where it went wrong for Oklahoma State. Hide your kids. Hide your wives.OSU Drive Chart screen-shot-2016-12-05-at-2-49-28-pmWhere did OSU lose the game? How about punting on five of the first six possessions? OU has one of the greatest offenses in Big 12 history. You knew they’d score. You had to get a lead there, and all you could do was get three points. Sad!Yards per play: 6.5Points per drive (offense): 1.54Points per drive (defense): 2.92Points off turnovers: 0Average starting field position: Own 32Oklahoma State actually won the field position game big time. It didn’t get points on the only turnover it got, though, and couldn’t put any sustained drives together other than right at the end of the first half.OU Drive Chartscreen-shot-2016-12-05-at-2-49-33-pmOU essentially ended the game going TD-TD-TD-Fumble-TD-TD because Perine took a knee at the one with a few minutes left. That’s not how you close out a Big 12 title, but again, this game was lost by the offense in the first quarter.Yards per play: 8.9Points per drive (offense): 2.92Points per drive (defense): 1.54Points off turnovers: 0Average starting field position: Own 21That 2.92 number looks good because OU averages over 3.4, but if Perine scores it jumps to 3.46 so it’s really not all that impressive. Making them start on their own 21 was, though. #Sinor4Heisman. Also, how about those final six drives for OU? All over 50 yards, four (should have been five) TDs. Whoooo boy, Lincoln Riley gonna get paid.last_img read more

Mike Yurcich on Chris Carson: ‘He’s the Man’

first_imgYurcich went on about his senior running back and the “two” in his newfound 1-2 punch in the ground game.“Physical, tough back who really overcame a lot of adversity this season, came back really strong from an injury, and has really produced in a big-time way, physical, punishing back that’s just really an all-around back that you never have to sub out in any situation.“He’s the man.”When Chris Carson came to Stillwater he brought lofty expectations, but ineffective play from he and the offensive line, along with some injuries hampered him in his first year-plus.But in the seven games since returning from an early-season hand injury Carson has been a man, amassing 453 yards and seven rushing touchdowns at a clip of 7.7 yards per carry.For his perseverance and huge rule in the Cowboys last six wins, Carson was voted a team captain by his teammates.“At first I was kind of shocked because there’s a lot of good players on the team that are deserving of that award,” said Carson. “I’m going to take advantage of it, and it’s a blessing, like I said.” While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. “Chris is exactly what we hoped he’d be.”Mike Yurcich was the front man for Oklahoma State’s offensive press conference on Tuesday in San Antonio. His charge? To open the media availability for OSU’s offense as they looked forward to Thursday’s Alamo Bowl against Colorado.His goal? To make a point of each of his players who graced the podium.He started with the two obvious choices, Mason Rudolph and James Washington, who mostly spoke about their decision(s) to return to Stillwater in lieu of the NFL Draft. He finished with the elder statesmen, red-shirt senior Austin Hays and red-shirt junior Zach Crabtree.But book-ended in the middle was the second-year player who will play his last game as a Cowboy on Thursday.last_img read more

10 Thoughts On Oklahoma State’s 38-8 Alamo Bowl Win

first_imgBOX SCOREAre we having fun yet? When Mike Gundy said earlier this week that this was the best bowl game, I believed him. Or at least I agreed with him that this was going to be an instant classic. It wasn’t. It wasn’t even close. OSU jumped on Colorado from the start of the 2016 Alamo Bowl and set the tone early and often against the Pac-12 runner up before cruising late to a 38-8 victory.From the first few possessions you could tell OSU did not lack for motivation in its 11th straight bowl appearance, and once Mason Rudolph got the offense cranking, it was game, blouses for the Buffs who looked completely and totally overwhelmed by OSU.Jordan Rules. pic.twitter.com/Z2QEJTYfuj— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) December 30, 2016In a lot of ways, it reminded me of OSU’s basketball game against Wichita State a few weeks ago. Oklahoma State punched Colorado in the mouth over and over again like it was playing Mike Tyson Punch-Out on Nintendo. Colorado never had an answer. I’m not even sure Colorado knew what the question was.The Pokes were led by Rudolph on offense as they have been so many times over the last two years. The junior went 22/32 for 314 yards and three TDs before coming out halfway through the fourth quarter. Of those 314 yards, 171 came from James Washington who had to leave in the middle of the third quarter with a hand injury but not before racking up the most receiving yards Colorado has allowed to a receiver all season. At one point in the third quarter he had more yards than Colorado’s entire offense.The OSU defense was stifling and unrelenting all night (more on this in a minute). It gave up a TD halfway through the fourth quarter otherwise it could have tallied its first shutout over a ranked team since … 1958 (!)Colorado scores a TD. #OKState was 5:28 away from its first shutout of a ranked team since … 1958.— Mark Cooper (@mark_cooperjr) December 30, 2016Let’s get to the 10 thoughts.1. Five years with 10 winsOSU has now had eight 10-win seasons in its 103-year history. Mike Gundy has been the coach of five of them (each coming in the last seven years) and was the quarterback for two others. This Alamo Bowl win will not go down as his greatest win ever, but it’s certainly up there as one of the best games against a top-10 team Gundy’s squads have ever played. The 10-win mark is no small thing, either, as we discussed earlier this week. Here are the teams that have five 10-win seasons in the last seven.Alabama: 7Ohio State: 6Clemson: 6Oklahoma: 6Florida State: 5 (6 if it beats Michigan)Stanford: 5Boise State: 5Wisconsin: 5Oregon: 5Michigan State: 5Northern Illinois: 5Oklahoma State: 5That’s a gaudy list, and Oklahoma State is now a part of it. This win was a big deal because 10 Ws is a huge accomplishment. The fact that it came over a top 10 team makes it even sweeter.2. Oklahoma State’s heady RBsChris Carson and Justice Hill combined for 161 rushing yards on 30 carries (just over five yards a pop). Colorado only allows four yards a rush on the season. The duo also had a pair of TDs, but it wasn’t the big plays that won me over on this night. It was the little ones. The patient, yardage-eating lunges that keep the momentum of a drive going in the right direction are what impress me most about Hill and Carson. Plays like this one:dec-29-2016-22-18-09Last year, Carson would have tried to reverse field and would have lost 10 yards. This year? He falls forward for a gain of three, and the drive ends in a touchdown. It’s the little things.3. Unsung heroesPlayers like Blake Jarwin and Jhajuan Seales don’t get a ton of accolades, but they both did it all on Thursday night. Seales laid wood like he was applying for a job at a lumber company post-playing career and Jarwin ran one of the handful of gorgeous Mike Yurcich-called plays to perfection for six.dec-29-2016-22-28-47Holy Ralphie! Watch Jhajuan Seales. https://t.co/YFsTeRjpKB— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) December 30, 2016Justice Hill, Mason Rudolph and James Washington win all the awards, but Oklahoma State is great on offense because it has figured out how to get its bit players to buy into a philosophy. Mike Gundy has somehow figured out how to get everybody on the same page which seems as easy as convincing DQ Osborne to order the salad at McDonald’s “because team pictures are on the horizon.”4. Phillip Lindsay is amazingI wish the long lost Lindsay family member was at Oklahoma State because he was about all CU had going offensively. Lindsay had 166 yards on 20 total touches even as OSU keyed in on him in the second half after Sefo Liufau left (and then came back in) after his injury. It was clear the Buffs were out of options on offense, and Lindsay kept racking up yards. I enjoyed watching him.5. James Washington is more amazingWashington put up 171 on nine catches including a TD and effectively did whatever the hell he wanted to do for two and a half quarters before exiting stage left with a grotesquely-twisted finger.dec-29-2016-22-11-52Washington was going against a future professional football player in Chidobe Awuzie, and he abused him so many times I thought Ish Zamora was involved. Part of the problem for Colorado is that it thought it could single cover Washington for most of the first half (where he made his hay).Mike Gundy estimates Colorado played man coverage on about 15 of 20 plays on James Washington before changing. #alamobowl2016— John Holcomb (@holcombOKBLITZ) December 30, 2016They should have called Pittsburgh. You never single cover James Washington. This is what happens. Man, is he going to be fun next season for his senior campaign.Too easy. 17-0 Pokes. https://t.co/XedMKTwgHS— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) December 30, 2016“It was a good secondary, we knew that going in,” said Rudolph. “We felt like they hadn’t been challenged all year. Coach Gundy wanted us to take some shots, challenge them on the outside. We did that. Made big-time plays, receivers came down with it. Made my job a lot easier.”6. Colorado got outclassedQuarterback Sefo Liufau summed it up nicely for the Buffs in the postgame presser.“The game sucked,” said Liufau. “It’s kind of obvious. I don’t know what you guys want me to say. It’s pretty frustrating the way kind of things happened. Just didn’t come out with all things firing. I think in the beginning we moved the ball a lot as an offense but weren’t able to capitalize.”Here’s the thing about playing Colorado. You’re not playing Ole Miss and its 15 pros. You aren’t playing Oklahoma and its 17 pros. You’re playing a team that is a lot like you and has three or five or seven eventual pros. You can get away with popping them (which they clearly weren’t ready for). You are even with them in terms of talent and physicality so if your mindset is what OSU’s mindset was on Thursday, you can torch them.The toughest team sets the rules Period— Zac Veatch (@zveatch) December 30, 2016 “Then defensively I challenged them the first practice in a meeting to blitz, to attack, to be aggressive, to be the most physical team on the field,” said Gundy after the game. “That’s what they did tonight. Sometimes it works. Sometimes it didn’t. But it worked for us tonight.”The question for me, the one I’ll think about all offseason is how you take a game like this against a Tier 2 team like CU and translate it to being dominant against a Tier 1 team like Clemson or OU or Auburn or USC.7. This game begs a lot of questionsMy questions:The one aboveWhat were we doing in Bedlam?Why did OSU appear as if it was motivated by Tony Robbins on Thursday against Colorado and Eeyore the donkey in Bedlam (and the Iowa State game and parts of the Kansas game)?That last one is the perplexing one to me. What is the switch that is flipped where you go from middling team that skates by on late TDs to brute semi-superpower that houses top 10 teams without pros? How do you bottle that? Can you buy it on eBay? Is it hidden in Gundy’s mullet? And can it be diffused intermittently over the next 12 months leading up to the 2017 CFB Playoff?The Bedlam question is more annoying than anything else. It it retrospectively frustrating to look back and feel like OSU had its head in the sand in Norman and emptied the tank for an exhibition game. Carson suggested in our postgame show that maybe Mike Gundy just muted Mike Yurcich for the entire Bedlam game.After watching some of the plays Yurcich called on Thursday, I tend to agree.Yurcich! This play made me weak. pic.twitter.com/Tm7njQHxUF— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) December 30, 20168. The defensive pressure was insaneIt was mentioned over and over again on Twitter, but Joe Bob Clements deserves a raise. He’s a top three recruiter on this assistant staff, and his defensive line was lights out all year including Thursday night. I loved how much pressure OSU brought from the opening kick. If Sefo Liufau and Steven Montez beat you deep then you drink a bourbon, have a moment and go illegally recruit some JUCO DBs then Sefo Liufau and Steven Montez beat you deep.dec-29-2016-22-14-52But OSU wasn’t going to let them have time, be the more physical team up front and eat up small bits of yardage (which Colorado obviously loves to do). More of this in Big 12 play, please!9. Rudolph’s redemptionNo. 2 went to The President so many times on Thursday, I thought we might have to put “Chief of Staff” on his locker for 2017. It wasn’t just the deep balls to Washington, either. Rudolph was on point to everybody. Distributing dimes like he was Stephon Marbury and this was the late 1990s. As Steven Mandeville pointed out in our preview, Neutral-Site Rudolph is a lot more like Home Rudolph than Road Rudolph.Dimes on dimes on dimes. pic.twitter.com/Z2cggctOOA— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) December 30, 2016QB1 needed this game, too. After the stink he left trailing up I-35 back to Stillwater after Bedlam, he needed a big boy performance with the whole nation watching. He got it against a secondary accustomed to allowing fewer than 185 yards per game (Rudolph dropped 314), and he has now run his record as a started to 22-6 with 13 (14? 15? 16??) games left to play in his career.10. Come soon, 2017Oh good heavens, I was thinking things about 2017 during this game that would have made even the orangest of OSU fans blush crimson with embarrassment. Here is the reality: Colorado is a good (not great) team. OSU housed them. De-pants them. Fredric Weised them.It was so reminiscent of 2010, it’s almost eerie. The score of OSU’s torching of Arizona that year was 36-10, almost exactly what it was this year. Next year, OSU gets the same schedule (more or less) as it got in 2011. At Texas and Texas Tech. Kansas State, Baylor and OU at home. All of it sets up quite wonderfully.The Cowboys could finish in the AP top 10 this year for just the fourth time ever and will likely be a top 10 team heading into 2017. There are questions (who backs up Justice? who fills in for Jordan and Jordan on defense?), but this will be a prolific offense with a favorable schedule in a questionable conference coming off an elite bowl win.Next season has CFB Playoff run written all over it.We only have to wait eight months to watch it unfold.dec-29-2016-23-21-59 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Report: Joseph Randle’s Current Struggles Possibly Concussion-Related

first_imgAs a part of Sports Illustrated’s “True Crime” Series, Dan Greene wrote about the ascension and struggles of former Oklahoma State running back Joseph Randle.The lengthy article is well-written but is hard to read. Especially if you are someone who has followed Randle for any time or you have not heard all the details and incidents that have led to his current incarceration (for charges including aggravated battery, property damage and criminal threat).I’ll share a few interesting excerpts, but I recommend reading the whole piece. This one stuck out to me about Randle’s supposed feelings with Oklahoma State regarding his fall to the fifth round of the NFL Draft.Still, one Wichita acquaintance who saw Randle shortly after the draft recalls him being fixated on the fall all the way to No. 151. OSU’s coaches, he believed, had depressed his stock by exaggerating the extent of an existing hand injury. (OSU officials declined to comment.)Of course, this is an unnamed source and OSU declining to comment doesn’t mean anything. They could be refusing to out of some type of loyalty to Randle, who himself rejected multiple requests for an interview with SI.The article paints a picture of Randle as a man struggling with mental health issues — no one will argue there — and shows the type of mindset the young running back was in leading up to some of these incidents.Randle also began acting paranoid. At one point he stormed out of a room when he noticed a friend was using Snapchat; he believed the friend was taking clandestine photos of him. According to one Cowboys source, this kind of unpredictable behavior was nothing new. “One day he’s nice, one day he’s quiet, one day he’s hyper,” the source says. “He was like that since he walked through the door [in Dallas].”The hot-take issue other than the violent crimes of which Randle has been accused is the implication or inference that at leas toms of Randle’s issues may stem from repeated head trauma including one specific play in which his head hit the ground.“I asked him multiple times: Did you pass the concussion test? Do you have a concussion?” Rodriguez recalls. “And he would kind of gaze out—you know when people daydream? It felt like he was daydreaming a lot. I’m like, Joseph, what’s going on?”It needs to be pointed out (and was in the article) that neither Randle, his attorneys or any medical professional has claimed or inferred that any of these incidents were concussion related. This is all based off of the opinions of unnamed friends or acquaintances of Randle.Regardless of the cause of Joseph Randle’s current state, it’s a definitely a sad part of professional sports and life in general. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

The Reload: Oklahoma State Offers Texas A&M Pledge

first_imgThe Reload is PFB’s recruiting recap, catching you up to speed with the latest surrounding Oklahoma State recruiting with an ear to the ground for what’s to come.Larry Joubert makes it officialNortheastern Oklahoma A&M offensive lineman Larry Joubert, an addition to the 2017 recruiting class who was added after national signing day, made it official on Tuesday in signing his financial aid agreement with the school. Joubert, originally from Douglass High School, is a 6-foot-4, 265 pound prospect listed as an offensive guard.It’s official! ???? pic.twitter.com/NH1GozL99w— Larry Joubert Jr (@The_Joubert) March 21, 2017Joubert is a bit undersized from a weight perspective, and I have general concerns about whether he will make an immediate impact in his first year. He no doubt has the talent, as Mike Gundy himself made the call to add him after Greg Adkins was released. But couple the fact that he won’t be on campus until the summer with him being undersized, I think that means Rob Glass will have his work cut out for him.OSU offers junior college lineman Badara TraoreThis is the second time Oklahoma State has extended an offer to Traore, a stud junior college prospect who is now with ASA College. OSU offered him last year under Adkins when he was a class of 2017 recruit — but it seems he has re-classified to the 2018 class after having been with Nassau Junior College a season ago.This is where Josh Henson’s feel for the recruiting base and connections with recruits might pay off. Although Adkins is gone, Henson was no doubt part of the process in some capacity, although as an analyst he wasn’t able to make contact. The big man out of Brooklyn has more than 25 offers that includes Arkansas, Maryland, Oregon, etc….I love Traore’s size. At 6-foot-8 and 315 pounds, he has a good frame that has been filled out nicely. And his weight will allow him to translate his talent into an offensive tackle at the next level. Generally when you get a prospect that size, they also weigh 350+. So he has some obvious upside that schools are obviously buying into. His first recruitment process never took (after now learning he re-classified, that makes a lot of sense.) So I’m curious to see if Henson can prove his chops getting to the junior college level as well. He’s already shown he can do it with high school prospects.Oklahoma State offers Texas A&M commitThe Cowboys have had a recent trend of losing verbal pledges to the Aggies, but it seems they are trying to give them a taste of their own medicine in this recruiting class. The OSU staff has offered 2018 wide receiver Montel Parker, a Dickinson (Texas) prospect who commited to A&M at the end of February.Parker also holds offer from Oklahoma and Mississippi State. Just a three-star prospect, Parker is an outside receiver with solid size and potential that he’s likely just scratching the surface of.Texas pass-rusher picks up OSU offerOak Ridge (Texas) pass rusher Joseph Ossai’s big month continued on Tuesday, picking up an OSU offer to go with offers from LSU and Mississippi State this month. Listed as a defensive end with close to 30 Division I offers, Oklahoma State joins the likes of Alabama, Texas A&M, yada yada … you get it. He’s a wanted man. And he is currently not committed to a school, although his in-state Aggies are getting 100 percent of the crystal ball votes according to 247sports. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Photos: Spring Practice Winds Down for Oklahoma State

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. [PFB] Spring practice is nearly over in Stillwater, but we have a few more photos to enjoy before it’s a wrap until the fall. Jackson Lavarnway has been crushing all spring with his photography, and the final practice is no different. Hope you like ’em. [PFB] [PFB]last_img read more

Poll Results: Slight Majority Think 2017 More Loaded Than 2011

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Hey, it’s the offseason … we have nothing better to discuss! On Tuesday I threw out the poll question of whether the 2011 offense or 2017 offense was more loaded. Carson and I discussed it more in-depth on the podcast on Wednesday, but I’m voting in favor of 2011. I’m in the slight minority, though, as 54 percent of you took this year’s offense.All of it sort of comes down to how you view the term “loaded” — this year’s team is probably deeper, but I trusted the top talent in 2011 more than I trust this year’s top talent. Joe Randle was better than Justice Hill. Justin Blackmon was better than James Washington. Brandon Weeden was better than Mason Rudolph. That 2011 team was legit.So again, quantity or quality? This year’s squad has a lot of both, but I think the 2011 team — especially on the offensive line — was just slightly better when it comes to the best players. If football was a 18-player game on offense instead of 11, I might have voted differently.Tuesday poll question: Which #okstate offense was more loaded?— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) May 16, 2017Comments from readers are below.JT: 2011. Better O-line, depth at RB, and a OC who coached with 2 middle fingers extended.Laith: Preseason, 2017. My guess is after this season is over and yards per play, 2011. We have more studs this year but we knew going into 2011 we were going to be great. Do we feel that way this year? We seemed unstoppable back then. Not quite as unstoppable this time around. 2011 had a better o-line, and a proven 1 and 2 at RB.Guest: 2011. They played more consistent than this team has. Consistently blew teams out with high scoring. The current team has had to claw their way back to win multiple times during the last two seasons. The 2017 WR corps is absolutely insane, and as a whole is better than 2011 team. However, that does not make up for everything else though.Ryan O: Could be premature, but I will go with 2011. That team was special, and we may never see anything like it again at OSU. While in BPS that season, my cousin and I would place an O/U bet prior to a series on how many plays it would take us to score … that is how good that offense was. I had a supreme confidence that Weeden would make the throw when we needed it. Case in point, the 4th down slant to Blackmon in the Fiesta Bowl. Everyone in the stadium knew where it was going and they completed it like they were in practice. Just an outstanding season full of incredible talent.Chris Saxon: The fact that this is a legit debate is a really good sign. 2011 team was national Champion caliber.James: This is a really good question! Keeping in mind that hindsight is 20/20 is really important here. So you have to look at this from the timing perspective of going into 2011 vs today. For example, we all know that Joe Randle was immense that year, but we didn’t know for sure going in that he would be.QB – Push – This is a good debate by itself, I think.HB – 2017 – Hill and Co. trumps Randle and Smith here I thinkWR – 2017 – Let’s be real, Cooper and Moore wouldn’t start on this teamOL – 2011 – Given a draft of both units, I’m not sure I take anyone from this year’s team other than CochranOC – 2017 – Not even close. Sorry to all of the haters. It was Monken’s first year and Yurcich has had more than 1,000 days with his QB.Now, let’s revisit this in about 7 months and see what we say about the performance.last_img read more

Jacksonville Jaguars Sign Former OSU Cornerback Tyler Patmon

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. The Jacksonville Jaguars have signed fourth-year cornerback Tyler Patmon, the team announced on Monday.Patmon, who began his career with the Kansas Jayhawks, played a graduate transfer season with the Cowboys in 2013 and went undrafted, but later signed with the Dallas Cowboys. Last season he spent the preseason training camp with the Tennessee Titans after being claimed from the Miami Dolphins, and has since served as a practice squad member with the Kansas City Chiefs and Carolina Panthers. He didn’t play in the NFL last season, so he’s relishing his new opportunity.“Every little opportunity you get in this league is big,” Patmon said. “For the Jaguars to bring me in, sign me and give me that chance; it’s a great opportunity for me.”Patmon has appeared in 24 career games with two starts and totaled 21 tackles and seven passes defensed, including one INT in his short professional career. With experience under his belt and a hungry mentality, the Jaguars could be the start of a new beginning for the 26-year-old.“I feel like I can do it all,” Patmon said. “I’m going to come in here and the first thing I’m going to do is work hard, work my butt off for the coaches and do whatever they want me to do. I can play special teams, I can play corner, I can play nickel, so wherever they see me fit is what I’m ready to do.”At the top of the Jaguars’ depth chart is former FSU standout Jalen Ramsey, who was taken No. 5 in the NFL draft last year. Patmon will be competing alongside former Oklahoma Sooners cornerback Aaron Colvin and seventh round selection Jalen Myrick. Patmon fills the final spot of Jacksonville’s 90-man roster.last_img read more

Poll Results: Majority Think Rashaun Woods’ Record is Safe

first_imgThis one turned out closer than I thought it would. James Washington needs nearly 1,500 receiving yards in his senior season to surpass Rashaun Woods’ career record of 4,414, and 43 percent think he’ll get it.That 1,500 yards would be the 4th best single season in school history (two Blackmons and a Rashaun). I’m with the majority here. I just don’t think he’s going to be able to do it, although with the benefit of a couple extra games (Big 12 title? Playoff?), it becomes more feasible.Washington would have to average 107 yards a game on a 14-game schedule. He averaged 106 last year. I think between the depth of OSU’s receivers, the uncertainty of a Big 12 title appearance and the threat of injury, the safer bet is that he doesn’t get to 1,500 and surpass Rashaun. I’ll go with that, but I also won’t be surprised if it happens.Tuesday poll question: James Washington has 2,923 career receiving yards. Will he catch #okstate record holder Rashaun Woods at 4,414?— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) May 23, 2017Here are your comments.Trigiddy: I say no because we have too much firepower to have to force it to James for 1500 yards next season. He’ll see safety help all year, and the rest of the receiving corps will produce in spades.Lokeasy: If we can make it to the Big 12 championship and then both rounds of the CFP, sure. Those extra opportunities might get him there. Otherwise, nah.Clint: Don’t think he’ll get there – and that’s NOTHING against him. He’s going to be covered up and he’s going to have #2 slinging the ball to a slew of other Cowboys. Weeden2Blackmon was great! But, Rudolph2Washington has solidified an era!Nate: 2002 (Rashaun’s best year) “other” WRs:John LewisTD BryantGabe Lindsay(No other WR had more than 10 catches)Night and day difference between the supporting WRs in 2017 and 2002. Washington won’t come close to breaking Woods’ record.Sonny: With the plethora of talent at receiver, it’s unlikely he’ll catch Woods. IMO, the better question is, how many yards can Justice Hill rack up as opposing linebackers are forced to drop into coverage? Or better yet, how many team rushing yards could the RB’s grind out? Opponents, like voters in a national election, are going to be required to pick a poison.Matt B: I could see him getting the 1500 simply because we start beating defenses over the head with our other receivers and at least once or twice a game James catches a deep ball for a TD or close to it. Assuming at 13-game season, James needs to average just under 115 yards a game. If we make it a 15 game season, that number drops to about 99.5 yards/game. While there’s a lot of potential for fewer receptions and therefore yards, team won’t be able to double team him without giving up regular chunks of yards.I’d also argue that our receiving corps was pretty good last year and he still grabbed over 1,300 yards. We forgot about a few of the misses Mason tossed James, but they were there and it’s likely that there will be fewer such missteps this time around. Also, James had to leave the Texas game and Colorado game, and only had 9 yards against Kansas. Just things to think about. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

100 Days of Summer: Get to Know No. 18 Jelani Woods

first_imgAs we inch closer to the Cowboys’ season opener, let’s get acquainted with a player that Oklahoma State hopes won’t see the field in 2017.How he got to OSUMike Yurcich once again dipped into the SEC honeypot for a quarterback. With 6-foot-7 Jelani Woods, he got in early on a recruit that was all upside and others took notice. Yurcich had to fend off suitors like Michigan, Louisville and South Carolina but he landed his guy. Woods was drawing interest from several other blue-chip programs before he shut it down and signed with OSU.What he’s done in StillwaterWoods enrolled early so he was able to take part in spring practice and the spring game. He went 0 for 2 in the exhibition which quelled some hype surrounding he and redshirt freshman Keondre Wudtee (1 of 6). But two attempts from a true freshman, in a scrimmage, is not enough to even have an opinion about. The coaching staff was just getting his feet wet and they have big plans for Woods moving forward.AdChoices广告Role in 2017Those plans include everything except casting a shadow on the turf at Boone Pickens Stadium — or any other field. Obviously, Mason Rudolph is the quarterback and if everything goes well, Taylor Cornelius or Keondre Wudtee will just be playing in the second halves against Tulsa, South Alabama and Kansas.Woods could benefit from a year under Coach Glass and Co. to build up his giant frame and the time he’ll get with the coaching staff and Rudolph and Cornelius learning the playbook. If Woods plays in 2017 then something went very, very wrong.Noteworthy stats and highlightsWoods hasn’t made any highlights at OSU yet but here’s a look at some of his high school reel. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more