Film Study: Texas Tech’s Offense Is More Than Just The Deep Ball

first_imgThe Oklahoma State secondary will have its hands full when the Cowboys take on the Red Raiders this Saturday. Texas Tech Quarterback Pat Mahomes II leads the nation’s No. 1 passing offense, and the junior is currently averaging 490 yards a game.The Red Raider offense is a downfield passing attack, but it doesn’t just consist of deep bombs and vertical routes.Yes, a typical Texas Tech game includes chunk plays like this.werAnd this.deepBut their offense as a whole isn’t driven by such plays. Rather, TTU accumulates most of their passing yardage on quick throws that get the ball into the hands of their talented receivers.Tech does have a quick passing game, but most of their short passes come on run-pass options like this one.tripsflatNotice how the receiver runs a quick flat route as opposed to a bubble route. The flat route is quicker and it gets more immediate yardage. The cornerbacks on the blocking receivers have to respect them as vertical threats and therefore do not jam them at the line, allowing the receivers to properly set up their blocks.sfadHere’s another example, this time with a crossbuck run play and out-go combination to the twins side. The receiver is left uncovered, and in a pass-happy offense filled with RPOs, this is practically giving free yardage to the Red Raiders.Not all route attachments stretch the defense horizontally; many of their RPOs feature quick-hitting routes downfield. Take this play, for example, that combines an inside zone with a slot skinny slant.slantTexas Tech uses these plays at least a handful on every drive. This is important because of how the OSU defense is structured. If you’ve watched the OSU defense closely this season, you might have noticed that they frequently align in their base nickel set with one or two receivers (depending on the formation) uncovered.ex1Leaving slot receivers uncovered, in many cases, is (as mentioned before) practically giving away free yardage. Even if the linebackers in the box have zone responsibilities in that area, they still have run-first responsibility, and because they have to respect the run threat of the RPO, will often not be able to get to the slot receivers in time if they are thrown to.If that’s what defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer & Co. decide to do to stop the deep ball, so be it. But they still have to be wary of the potential danger of the short pass.How will the OSU defense fare against the Red Raiders? Leave your predictions below in the comments! 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

Three Things We Can Learn About OSU From Win Predictor Percentage

first_imgI broke this down a bit for the Iowa State game, but I think the Win Predictor for ESPN is a underutilized tool that deserves a double-take for the season so far.We are now three quarters of the way through the football season and I would say the success of the team in the minds of most fans falls somewhere between “most terrible nightmare” and “beyond wildest dreams” which, while not ideal, is not the worst place to be.While being fairly consistent performance-wise this Cowboys team has given us more than our fair share of ups and downs (I’m of course speaking in terms of both emotion and blood pressure).I talked in the earlier article about how fandom tends to live in this instantaneous reality where each game or drive or down is the highest or lowest moment we could ever comprehend but in reality life is much more consistent. This is superbly easy to see in this Win Probability chart and so I figured I could help us navigate our way through the three final and most treacherous games by looking back and taking three main lessons from earlier in the season.Let’s get to it and may all our cardiologists have slightly less business this year through the benefits of just a bit of perspective!The Three LessonsMason Rudolph has become one of the most clutch quarterbacks in OSU history.You can see the “chameleon offense” of OSU through these charts.Oklahoma State is a real contender for the Big 12 title.So obviously the Pokes struggled at end of game situations through the first few games, but around the Baylor/Texas games it seems like a switch flipped in Mason’s brain and he is a closing machine now.Pay special attention to the last 25 percent of each chart and you can see the improvement that is driven by QB1. You can also see the way Oklahoma State plays offense differently in each game as far as setting up slow drives in games like Baylor and WVU.This also gives us a decent potential gameplan for success against our last three teams. Other than Baylor which was pretty close to 50 percent through the game, OSU has been favored pretty heavily throughout the entire rest of the season. This is a good team that can play with the best of them.VS SELAscreen-shot-2016-11-08-at-7-14-52-amSo this was pretty standard as far as wins over non-FBS schools go. Not much to look at here overall. I have no clue about that uptick at the end but I’m pretty sure OSU was up 50 at that point so safe to ignore the anomaly.VS CMUscreen-shot-2016-11-08-at-7-15-12-amThis is still pretty upsetting. The bottom section with the score, time, and probability. Ugh. But as we can see before the end, there were several large spikes in favor of CMU.Fourth quarter was obviously the first example of end-of-game difficulty for OkState and regardless of the way the game did *should* have ended they left the opportunity there for the Chips. Not the best look for OSU regardless.VS PITTscreen-shot-2016-11-08-at-7-15-24-amSo OSU played a fairly strong game here, though you can see there is another bit of trouble at the end of the game once again.This is the most sporadic of all the win probabilities so far. The line is not smooth and it seems as though the win probability system may have taken a page from the fans! The jump towards the 50 percent line near the middle of the game is Mason’s fumble in the end zone which tied the game. Not yet very clutch.The last half of the game was fairly competitively even and it took a massive heave from Rudolph to Seales to finish off this game.@ BUscreen-shot-2016-11-08-at-7-15-37-amWell that’s not good. Lots of green on this line. The Pokes held up early and caused Baylor a few problems throughout the game, but for the most part, the Bears seemed to dominate this game. It felt that way while watching as well.You can see some interesting line movement here throughout the game. You can see the Cowboys’ drives are more of a slow upward slope, then Baylor gets the ball and there are large drops down.We know OC Mike Yurcich tried to take it B1G style to the Bears with slow grinding drives which kept the Pokes in the game for a while, but Baylor’s quick strike offense was just too powerful and took over the game by the end.VS UTscreen-shot-2016-11-08-at-7-15-49-amThis is one of the Cowboy’s best Win Probability lines. This is also the first game which has shown the Pokes extending their lead near the end of the game and solidly defeating an opponent.What had been a struggle for OSU early in the season has begun to turn into an asset as we move towards the second half of the season. Up to this point they have faced tremendous pressure right to the wire and it appears the Pokes and Mason have finally found their recipe for “Clutch Mason.”VS ISUscreen-shot-2016-11-08-at-7-16-06-amYeesh. Remember that thing where we learned how to finish? Well, I suppose this is a scary yet good example of that. With 3 minutes left in the 3rd quarter Iowa St. had a 92.2 percent (!!!) chance to win. Then Clutch Mason happened.Three touchdowns and a drive resulting in a field goal to finish the game and steal the victory for the Pokes. While I would have liked the Pokes to have made this easier on my heart, their close finishes in the earlier weeks paid off and Mason Rudolph had plenty of confidence to grab a win here.@ KUscreen-shot-2016-11-08-at-7-16-18-amThe worst Win Percentage the Pokes had in Lawrence was 80.3 percent. That seems fair. Has Bill Self ever considered coaching the football team?VS WVU (Homecoming)screen-shot-2016-11-08-at-7-16-31-amPokes were favored from the start and, though they struggled at the beginning of the game a bit, OSU clearly came out and shut this game down in the second half.Against a highly ranked West Virginia team Oklahoma State showed that they could both outplay and outlast their opponent without needing to give fans a heart attack at the finish!@ KSUscreen-shot-2016-11-08-at-7-18-11-amA crazy back and forth game in the Synder’s version of Hogwarts ended in victory for the Cowboys. Honestly I don’t know how this happened and it still doesn’t feel real.KSU got all the way up to 94.1 percent chance of winning when they punted and pinned OSU at their own 8 yard line with eight minutes left and a nine-point deficit. But again, Clutch Mason. Wow.We’ve discussed if Mason is elite, and we have (and will probably again) talk about records he can break at OSU, but holy cow this dude can ball.There is enough on Mason Rudolph second half comebacks for its own post but this is one guy who does not bat an eye no matter the pressure. We’ve also talked plenty about our confidence level in Mason and how he stacks up to other historic OSU quarterbacks with the ball in his hands and the game on the line.There have been times when his short-intermediate passes have worried me, but gosh, seeing his composure there’s no one I’d rather have back in that pistol with the game on the line than No. 2.Looking ForwardSo what does all this tell us about the rest of the season? We play Tech in Stillwater, at TCU, and at Mordor Norman. Three tough games with three teams that can put up some points.If you quickly scroll through the win percentages so far this year, OSU has improved dramatically in 4th quarter and end-of-game situations. Gundy recently said his goal for the last four games is to be close in the fourth quarter and I fully agree with that idea at this point in the season.Mahomes, Hill, and Mayfield are all good QBs, but when it comes down to it, I have faith that Clutch Mason can pull off a win in just about any situation.Now if we can just get QB1 in a courtroom with some MAC officials to get us one more win….. 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. 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James Washington, Zach Sinor Snubbed As Awards Finalists

first_imgJames Washington was snubbed as a Biletnikoff Award finalist on Monday as OU’s Dede Westbrook, Northwestern’s Austin Carr and East Carolina’s Zay Jones were named the three finalists. Here’s how The President stacks up against those three when it comes to numbers this season.screen-shot-2016-11-21-at-4-30-26-pmHe has had three stinker games (SE Louisiana, Kansas and TCU) which you can’t really afford to do when you’re gunning for this award. More egregiously, Zach Sinor was left off of the Ray Guy Award finalist list. Where are we at in society?!https://twitter.com/ZachSinor29/status/800827943463358464Also, as Carson Cunningham pointed out, this dude is a finalist.Also, Baker Mayfield, Deshaun Watson and Lamar Jackson are the three QBs that are finalists for the Davey O’Brien award. Bulletin board material for Bedlam, all of it.Finalists for a number of college football awards announced: pic.twitter.com/KRpJefdIDE— Kevin McGuire (@KevinOnCFB) November 21, 2016 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

Bedlam 2016: ‘I Don’t Think We Can Ask For Anything Else’

first_imgIt’s Tuesday of Bedlam week, and I am already spent. I don’t know how we’re supposed to do this for four more days! There are so many different ways to think about, look at and write about this game, but I thought what Mike Gundy (and others) said on Monday was apropos.“I think what’s encouraging for the state of Oklahoma is that for a considerable number of times over the last six years, these two schools have gotten together to decide a conference championship,” said Gundy.“I don’t think we can ask for anything else.”Yes. The CFB Playoff dream has flown away and the college football world is focused on pretty much every other conference title game. So we get this largely to ourselves. And like Gundy said, what more could we want?Two teams having won a combined 15 straight games. Mason Rudolph (21-5 as a starter) and Baker Mayfield (20-4 as a starter). Mixon and Perine. Hill and Carson. Dede and The President. An array of pros all over the field. This is a big time game, no matter how much attention it is paid nationally.“We have four million people and we don’t have professional football in the state; although, of course everybody loves Dallas right now,” added Gundy. “As you watch over the last week and a half when they put up the College Football Playoff standings and you have Oklahoma and Oklahoma State in that top 10, that’s a tremendous financial and marketing advantage for those universities and the state of Oklahoma.”OU defensive end Ogbonnia Okoronkwo is from Texas, and even he is starting to realize the massive importance Bedlam holds for both OU and the Big 12.“It’s for who’s the best team in the state …” said Okoronkwo. “I feel like this is just as big of a rivalry as it is going to Dallas and the Cotton Bowl playing Texas. This is big, it’s for bragging rights.”Okoronkwo has been talking trash with former HS teammates on #OKState’s team. Says this game is just as big as OU/Texas to him. #Sooners— SoonerScoop.com (@SoonerScoop) November 28, 2016“Just like Texas man, I don’t like em because my teammates don’t like em’,” added OU tackle Orlando Brown. “The guys from Oklahoma, they don’t like Oklahoma State normally and that’s just how it goes. And I go to OU so whoever y’all hate I hate.”Sports hate, of course (I think). Zac Veatch summed it up well, too.“It’s exciting,” said Cowboy Back Zac Veatch. “We wouldn’t want it any other way. We have prepared well. We are going to go down and play for the Big 12”Oklahoma State safety Jordan Sterns acknowledged the importance of Saturday, but he also said it hasn’t affected the way he is going about his week.“The game itself is huge,” said Sterns. “It’s for the state of Oklahoma, but for me it’s just a game. I prepare for OU the same way I prepare for everyone else. I don’t like to look at them any different than any other team so I’m going to go out there and play hard for my teammates regardless.“There’s going to be a lot of people there and it’s going to be loud. For us though, we’ve just got to go out there and keep doing what we’ve been doing all year and hopefully that will help lead us to a victory.”A victory.I don’t think we can ask for anything else. 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

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

BREAKING: Vincent Taylor Declares For 2017 NFL Draft

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. One day after being named the Alamo Bowl Defensive MVP, junior defensive tackle Vincent Taylor announced his intentions to declare for the 2017 NFL Draft via his Twitter account.What a journey! pic.twitter.com/QIaZ20crwc— Vincent Taylor (@BallOut_96) December 30, 2016This one shouldn’t be a huge shock, but there was definitely a decision to make. From a strictly business point of view, Taylor had less to gain from a return than fellow juniors Mason Rudolph and James Washington.His game speaks for itself. He’s been a disruptive force up front for the last two years and has a chance to be successful at the next level.Taylor’s 7.0 sacks and 13.0 tackles for loss this season are the most by an interior d-lineman during Gundy’s tenure.As far as the Cowboys are concerned, this does leave the interior of the defensive line fairly young but still with plenty of talent. DeQuinton Osborne will be a red-shirt senior, as will be Vili Leveni and Ben Hughes. This could open up a starting spot for sophomore Darrion Daniols who has gotten quality reps since arriving in Stillwater. Cameron Murray and Taaj Bakari should also compete for snaps in the young, yet promising defensive line group that helped anchor the 2016 team.last_img read more

Dez Bryant Crashes QB Meeting, Wants More Passing Plays

first_imgAfter throwing a touchdown pass in the Dallas Cowboys’ 42-21 win over Detroit, former Oklahoma State wide receiver Dez Bryant reportedly tried to attend the quarterback meeting the following day.Dez Bryant tried to attend the Cowboys’ QB meeting after throwing a TD vs. Detroit ? https://t.co/VTNuYO4V77 pic.twitter.com/0bgEluNeGo— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) December 28, 2016 Bryant became only the fifth player in NFL history to have one passing touchdown and two receiving touchdowns in a single game. Supposedly, Bryant had a cannon for an arm even in his days at OSU.??‍♂️He used to mess around before practice and throw passes. He has a hose. #okstate https://t.co/tR9Zsootu2— Gary Calcagno, M.A., MSCC, RSCC*E (@calcagnogary) December 27, 2016Still, with home-field advantage locked up through the NFC playoffs and not much to play for in the Cowboys’ regular season finale against Philadelphia on Jan. 1, the lefty’s passing career is probably over for now. In the playoffs, though, offensive coordinator Scott Linehan will likely keep Bryant’s passing ability in mind — and it’s safe to say that Bryant will remind him until then. Cowboys VP Stephen Jones: “Dez tried to go to the quarterback meeting this morning. He’s lobbying Scott for more plays.”— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) December 28, 2016center_img 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

Daily Mullets (New Year’s Eve)

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. And this!Mike Gundy’s living my white trash dream: get into a fight w/ your boss, grow a mullet, and kick so much they ass they can’t fire you— BUM CHILLUPS (@edsbs) December 30, 2016On the Alamo Bowl’s economic impactOklahoma State wasn’t the only winner at the Alamo Bowl. The city of San Antonio made out pretty good, as well…The 24th Alamo Bowl attracted nearly 60,000 fans. Bowl officials said the weeknight game, which did not feature a Texas team, still drew the fifth largest turnstile count in the nearly quarter-century history of the event. BizJournals.comA look back at the outgoing seniors on offense/special teams.Grogan missed a chip shot in San Antonio but is still OSU’s all-time leading scorer.Grogan has had games with more field goals, but none were bigger than the two he made against Texas in 2015. After hitting a 41-yarder with 1:33 left to tie the game, OSU got the ball back in Texas territory after a whiffed punt. After going backwards on two plays, Grogan kicked a 40-yard field goal to get the win. CRFFOn OSU’s defensive effort…Oklahoma State: The Cowboys delivered one of the best defensive performances from a Big 12 team all season. The Cowboys beat up the Buffaloes quarterbacks and gave up a few big plays but didn’t break near the goal line. Yahoo SportsHoopsUnderwood on the sellout crowd against West Virginia…“To do it without our students, a big thank you goes out to our athletic department and marketing people for what they did with the tickets and all of those people are to be commended,” OSU coach Brad Underwood said. “It was breathtaking for me, and almost emotional, because that is one of the main reasons why I came here.” Tulsa WorldOther FootballThe Orange Bowl was the type of bowl game you want to watch if you aren’t personally invested in either team. ESPNOther HoopsAs Kyle Boone writes, John Calipari was given a dead stuffed squirrel by Ole Miss. CBS SportsMore PFBCheck out the best plays from the Alamo Bowl… Gundy says the OSU defense is “unbelievable”… and check out OSU players’ reactions to the win… Vincent Taylor will be playing on Sundays next year… even after Gundy’s plea… Justice Hill had six (!) 100-yard games this season… Mason throws up the “X”… and Jordan Sterns closes the book on a brilliant career… There’s a reason Huggie Bear is the Teacher and Undie is the student… we’ve got Five Thoughts on it… and regardless of the loss, it looks like the Rowdy is Back…  Trae Young skipped the Sooners’ beat down to watch the Cowboys get beat down… Kyle Cox here. Filling in today. Thanks for checking in and everyone have a safe and Happy New Year’s Eve!ESPN’s Jake Trotter did a Big 12 mailbag on Friday.He ranked the Big 12 bowl-game appearances (so far)…1. Oklahoma State, 2. Kansas State, 3. Baylor, 4. TCU, 5. West Virginia. Oklahoma State might have the most impressive bowl performance of anyone in college football so far. ESPN More from Jake on OSU…The Cowboys are going to be loaded offensively, with the best receiving corps in school history, a four-year starter at quarterback in Mason Rudolph and the reigning Big 12 Offensive Freshman of the Year in running back Justice Hill. This will be as talented as any offense that Oklahoma State has had under Mike Gundy, and that includes the 2011 Cowboys, who were a field goal away from playing for the national championship.Uh oh! It’s too early in the off season for my current level of optimism.Pro Football Focus grades for the Alamo BowlThe offensive line did allow 8 pressures to Rudolph, but it didn’t matter much if it was a clean pocket or not, as the junior quarterback was in a rhythm from the first snap. On plays under pressure he was 5-of-9 for 107 yards and a touchdown, and when presented with a clean pocket he was 17-of-23 for 207 yards and two touchdown passes. Pro Football FocusA look towards next year’s offensive lineBut there will be holes to fill come 2017 with Salako, Wilson, Veatch and Jarwin fulfilled of eligibility. The personnel for those fits aren’t fully clear yet, but OSU carries confidence in the depth its building on the practice field come spring ball. NewsokThe #SinorForHeisman campaign will be around for another year.Good to know.Statement pic.twitter.com/I3LpYeEhjW— Zach The Punter (@ZachSinor29) December 30, 2016last_img read more

National Signing Day Solidifies Receivers’ Race To Play

first_imgOf course, quarterback Mason Rudolph’s return is ideal, but it might have meant the decisions on playing time would be more difficult.“The class of wide receivers in this group is fantastic,” coach Mike Gundy said at his National Signing Day news conference. “They think they’re going to catch passes from Mason, so it impacted their decision and them staying with us.”That’s great, but it’s possible poor Chris Lacy will catch half the passes he did this past year.Gundy said Rudolph and James Washington’s return is, “always positive,” and as far as the on-field product, it will be, but it demands the same selflessness out of the freshmen that the receivers had last year.LC Greenwood is 6-foot-3 and will play at 230 pounds. When OSU offered him, he didn’t have any others, Gundy said. When the rest of the Big 12 universities took notice, the Cowboys had to fend them off.“I was concerned about that because once they come in and look at his tape and see his body structure, I thought this was going to be a battle,” Gundy said. Greenwood will have an opportunity to learn from a receiver, Ateman, who plays like him.Tylan Wallace was the highlight signee of the class. He was ranked as the No. 13 receiver in the nation.“Josh Stewart was tremendous in a phone booth, but when he opened it up he was 4.65, 4.7,” Gundy said. “I think that Tylan has the same quick twitch as him, but he’s going to run under 4.5.”With this group of receivers, it is not forgone that he won’t redshirt. Unlikely, but not impossible. And that’s a testament to the recruiting skill of receivers coach Kasey Dunn, Yurcich and Gundy. WR2Tylan WallaceFreshman Depth ChartPlayerClass WR1Jalen McCleskeyJunior 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. WR2Tyron JohnsonRS Sophomore With all of the Oklahoma State football team’s skill players on the field in 2016, offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich said they might start playing with two balls to get players touches.If he wanted to use two balls last year, he will want to use four in 2017. WR3LC GreenwoodFreshmancenter_img OtherObi ObialoSophomore WR2Chris LacyRS Senior WR1James WashingtonSenior WR3Tyrell AlexanderRS Freshman WR1Marcell AtemanRS Senior WR3Dillon StonerSophomorelast_img read more

Daily Bullets (February 9)

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. Brad Underwood is not afraid of ChangeThis is tremendous on how Underwood flipped OSU’s season.The big difference this time around was that the antidote for Oklahoma State’s ailments wasn’t a spread offense or a lineup rearrangement. It was, however, a deviation from what Underwood had had success with in the past.  “You kind of have to get out of your own way,” he says. “It was about helping this team become the best it can be. And that’s my obligation.” [Yahoo]Music to these ears.Loss won’t LingerUnderwood doesn’t expect the Wednesday outcome to result in a Cowboy hangover or anything that might resemble the slump of January.“Boy, I sure hope we’re not that shallow,” he said. “You don’t go to West Virginia and win, and you don’t go to (OU) and beat a Lon Kruger team, without being a good basketball team.“I can’t say enough how good this league is. My goodness, you better not feel too sorry for yourself. You better strap it up and go. See you Saturday.” [Tulsa World]Oh yes we will.Move The College Hoops Season?May Madness?The riskier strategy is making it a one-semester sport. Ideally, it could make almost the entire season relevant nationally. It would certainly be true for early-season matchups, where titanic battles between blue-blooded, top-10 teams are commonplace. Far more common than in college football. But for basketball, games like Kentucky-North Carolina and Indiana-Kansas earlier this year barely registered for sports fans at large. [Sports On Earth]As proprietor of a college sports blog, I’m all in on either of these ideas.OSU and NCAA NotesNick Saban keeps going through offensive coordinators … Great Jordan Sterns interview here with CRFF (killing it on the interviews, guys!) … Gundy will probably name an OL coach by the end of the week … Yo … what?VCU allowed a go-ahead 3-pt FG with 0.4 seconds left in each of its last 2 games. VCU won both games. pic.twitter.com/r9wjhyGHgb— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) February 9, 2017What You Missed On PFBHow Mike Gundy gets his team and coaches on the same page.Why is Oklahoma State not better at recruiting?Notebook on last night’s game.Wednesday night was a glimpse of what GIA could be again.More Stuff I’m ReadingWhat does Durant, OK think of Kevin Durant’s return? …last_img read more

Former OSU Offensive Lineman Pertile Lands at Virginia

first_imgFormer Oklahoma State offensive lineman Brandon Pertile, who spent 2 seasons in Stillwater after joining as a junior college transfer, has landed at the University of Virginia. He announced the news in a tweet on Tuesday:Today I am officially a Cavalier… It’s a great day! pic.twitter.com/wz5iuFtNlD— Brandon Pertile (@BrandonPertile) February 21, 2017“After talking with Coach Gundy, I have decided to grad-transfer from Oklahoma State to play my fifth year elsewhere while pursuing a law degree,” he said in January.Pertile spent the majority of his time in Stillwater playing on special teams and in a reserve role along the offensive line. 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

Spring Preview: 10 Things To Know About Mike Gundy’s Opening Presser

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. Gundy on Jeff Carr: “I would love for him to develop in that (RB) role. But you’ve got a couple guys that will be right there on this tail.”— Kyle Fredrickson (@kylefredrickson) March 6, 201710. Zach Sinor is literally the centerpiece on the spring media guide. This is the best. Let’s send him to New York for the Heisman presentation. I want Tom Rinaldi to play the piano and make me cry Knoshown Moreno-sized tears as he narrates an existential piece on the history of the punter featuring Sinor.Front and center: @ZachSinor29. #Sinor4Heisman #okstate pic.twitter.com/eF2DGmlqBH— Hayden Kyle Barber (@HK_Barber) March 6, 2017 Mike Gundy spoke to the media for the first time in an official capacity this spring on Monday at Boone Pickens Stadium. He rocked the mullet, wore dad jeans and said a lot of interesting stuff. Let’s jump into 10 takeaways from the hour-long presser.1. Our team will dive into this more in the coming days, but apparently Ramon Richards is moving to safety, at least part-time. That’s a bit of a shocker to me given the lack of depth at cornerback and Richards’ relatively diminutive stature (can he roll with guys like Tre Flowers and Jordan Sterns?) although, as some people pointed out, Richards played a little there last year.It’s worrisome that OSU is now going into the season with little to no experience at one of the most vulnerable slots when it comes to Big 12 play, but I suppose the optimist looks at this and says, “Gundy must love OSU’s young corners.”LOOK: 2016 starting cornerback Ramon Richards (@chief_vii) is listed in the #OKState spring media guide as a SAFETY. pic.twitter.com/TzxzH5XVPo— Hayden Kyle Barber (@HK_Barber) March 6, 20172. Gundy is insistent on potentially having a J.W. Walsh-like package for one of his backup quarterbacks. Should they? Last year the Pokes were 25th in red zone scoring but just 58th in red zone TDs. I can be talked into having a J.W. package, although I didn’t hate No. 2 running it a little at the end of last season. It’s true that they need to be better when it comes to scoring TDs in the red zone, but I get antsy any time the ball is taken out of No. 2’s hands.3. Is Oklahoma State going to play a freshman at left tackle? Mike Gundy said it could as UAB transfer left tackle Victor Salako will be replaced by redshirt freshman Dylan Galloway. But as Kyle Boone wrote about last week, Cal transfer Aaron Cochran seems like the more likely player to fill this role should he go ahead with the transfer to Stillwater.Gundy: Redshirt freshman Dylan Galloway will replace Victor Salako as #OKState’s starting left tackle. Stay tuned for a grad transfer.— Hayden Kyle Barber (@HK_Barber) March 6, 2017Maybe OSU should just change the position to be a “graduate transfer left tackle.” Here’s our offensive line: We have a left guard, a right guard, a right tackle, a center and a graduate transfer left tackle.4. One of the other big moves on defense is Kenneth Edison-McGruder going from safety to linebacker. This isn’t nearly as stunning as Richards moving to safety given Edison-McGruder’s size (6-0, 220 lbs.) and the fact that he played there in the Alamo Bowl, but it’s worth noting.Kenneth Edison-McGruder getting his Jordan Sterns on early. pic.twitter.com/7sLrUGsAS9— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) December 30, 20165. Be still. Mike Gundy starts comparing 2011 to 2017. I’m weak. Interestingly, though, he says the defense on this 2017 team might be better than a really solid 2011 defense which led to a 12-1 season.He notes that they are deeper in 2017 but have to “hit a couple of corners.” That’s true, and hopefully they will be able to add Clemson transfer Adrian Baker to the mix.Gundy on comparisons between the 2011 team and 2017. #okstate pic.twitter.com/f5qI91y4XH— Hayden Kyle Barber (@HK_Barber) March 6, 20176. Given the pieces returning, Gundy noted that OSU would probably use more four-wide sets than it has in the recent past. I want to praise Gundy here, but let’s be honest, only a fool would not use as much of James Washington, Chris Lacy, Marcell Ateman, Jalen McCleskey and Tyron Johnson as possible. Gundy is no fool.7. On the backup QB race, Gundy thinks Jelani Woods could weigh 270 lbs. Two-hundred and seventy pounds! A quarterback! Carson about lost it on our podcast on Monday over this news, and it is significant. The race for QB2 should be one of the best storylines this spring, although I guess if I’m betting I have to bet on the guy who could weight 270 pounds and throws lasers all over the field.Mike Yurcich getting his first chance to work with freshman QB Jelani Woods. He’s every bit of 6-7. pic.twitter.com/jRYOSsWvqb— Kyle Fredrickson (@kylefredrickson) March 6, 20178. Gundy mullet update: Pristine.Mike Gundy mullet update: pic.twitter.com/fxe4H5YePt— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) March 6, 20179. Remember this guy? The pre-fall running back competition will be interesting, and whoever comes away with a spring win will be the favorite to join the mix starting in September with Justice Hill and freshmen J.D. King and Chuba Hubbard. Gundy said on Monday that speedster Jeff Carr could be the best of the RB bunch this spring with Hill out.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

Videos: Gundy, Rudolph, Yurcich Talk End of Spring Ball

first_imgMike Gundy, Mike Yurcich and QB1 Mason Rudolph chatted with us on Wednesday about the spring game and what the last month of spring ball has been like. 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

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

Four-star Safety DeMarvion Overshown Names OSU in Top 15

first_imgAs a junior last season (his first full season at safety), he was named the District 9-3A-II Defensive MVP, racking up 153 tackles, three interceptions, and a fumble recovery for Arp High School. He’s rated as the 109th best prospect nationally in the class of 2018 and the No. 11 safety/outside linebacker. He plays on both sides of the ball for small-school Arp where he starred last season, leading them to an appearance in the Texas Class 3A Division II state semifinals.OSU does not have a commitment at the safety position for 2018, however Texas, who is predicted as the favorite for Overshown, currently holds a safety pledge from five-star prospect Caden Sterns, the younger brother of Jordan. Four-star safety/outside linebacker DeMarvion Overshown has cut his list in half, announcing on Thursday he’s whittled his list to 15 schools: Texas A&M, Baylor, Auburn, Florida State, OU, Arkansas, Florida, OSU, Ohio State, TCU, Clemson, Texas, Alabama, LSU and Stanford.Overshown is a monster pass-rusher who can get after the quarterback off the edge in a hurry, but will likely drop into the secondary as a pass protector in college. 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