Could Mike Gundy’s Mullet Be Used For Recruiting?

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. We have finally reached the end of the road for Mike Gundy’s mullet. Probably. Gundy will likely cut it after the season is over so we only have a few more glorious days of him being in the spotlight with the mane flowing like milk and honey.Love what the visor does to it here. Really accentuates the flow. Separates the business from the party. pic.twitter.com/O4uTpfUDhp— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) December 26, 2016Last week Gundy noted that the mullet might actually be a recruiting tool.“I don’t know that I could take credit for that much of it,” said Gundy. “You know the old rule of marketing: ‘Anything that has your name out there whether it’s good or bad is good.’ When I go into homes of recruits they don’t really care, but their parents stare at your hair. I’m not sure whether they really like it or not. But, up to this point we’ve done pretty good recruiting.”It’s true that Gundy has become excellent at these mini-reinventions of himself over the course of his decade plus in Stillwater. This year’s Billy Ray Cyrus fever is just another in a long line of humorous one-off sideshows that help keep the Head Visor in the public eye. One of his defensive players was asked about the mane on Monday.“Him wearing a mullet?” asked Ramon Richards. “I’m not going to say nothing. But if we continue to have success, if he has the mullet, let him keep the mullet. Coach Spencer might be next. I might get me a mullet.”Given Richards’ current locks, that would be quite a mullet.When you wake up and Christmas is over but you remember it’s #okstate bowl week. pic.twitter.com/D7L6nP9AAP— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) December 26, 2016So as the Arkansas Waterfall takes center stage one more time before Gundy and Co. hit the crootin’ trail in early January, let’s drink deeply from the pool because this is as glorious as a college football coach’s hair gets. Also, I’m not sure it’s helping with recruiting, Mike!last_img read more

Oklahoma State Offers 2018 Georgia Running Back Prospect Lyn-J Dixon

first_imgDixon rushed for more than 1,500 yards last season as a junior that garnered him a ton of attention in SEC country, but the attention has tapered of late. LSU, Minnesota, and OSU are the only schools to get on board of late, but it seems clear that his early offers from the blue-chip schools have been put on hold. OSU is likely aiming to swoop in and get his attention midway through the process, doing so with its recently hired running backs coach John Wozniak. 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. Oklahoma State’s recent success in finding offensive weapons in Georgia has the Pokes fishing in similar territory, as 2018 running back Lyn-J Dixon, a 2018 prospect from Butler, Georgia, announced an offer from OSU this week.A three-star prospect, Dixon’s recruiting credentials don’t quite match his offer sheet. Although considered the 401st best prospect nationally in his class and 25th best running back, prominent schools like Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, and others have hopped on board for the speedster.last_img read more

Stoner, Hill Among Oklahoma State Players With New Numbers

first_imgBrendan VaughnLB15Freshman I like Hill in the No. 5. Shades of Keith Toston. I’m not as excited about Stoner in the No. 17. I thought 80 was a solid look for him. Jelani in No. 18 is obviously solid although I think we could get him to look about 7’7 wearing No. 11. Dillon StonerWR1780 Justice HillRB527 Lamarcus MortonCB13Freshman Korie FraustoWR83Transfer Patrick MaconLB44Transfer Kevin HenryLB3328 Tyron JohnsonWR13Transfer Arlington HambrightOL51Transfercenter_img Jelani WoodsQB18Freshman Oklahoma State likely won’t have new uniforms for the second year in a row, but the threads some players wear will have a different look. Redshirt freshman Dillon Stoner and sophomore Justice Hill are among those who have changed numbers going into 2017.Newcomers like Tyron Johnson, Patrick Macon and early enrollees Jelani Woods and Lamarcus Morton have also chosen their digits. Here is a look at the numbers to know as spring ball rolls on in Stillwater. Taaj BakariDT9098 Tyler MooreOL77Transfer A.J. GreenCB422 PlayerPosition2017 Number2016 Number Philip Redwine-BryantS3883 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

By the Numbers: Who Are OSU’s Best Red-Zone Weapons?

first_imgMason Rudolph did well in his first year with full rein of the offense. Minus what would be a costly red-zone interception against Central Michigan, his numbers were solid. He’s not the run threat that J.W. Walsh was but Mike Gundy has said he’d love to find someone else who is for certain packages.That role could be possibly be filled by wide receiver Dillon Stoner who was great in his extremely small (one snap) sample size in the red zone. It is telling that Gundy and Yurcich trusted a true freshman to take a snap in his second game. He lined up behind center twice in his four games. Don’t be surprised to see it again. He may be the most versatile athlete on the roster if the talk from practice is any indicator.Red-Zone Catches Mason Rudolph26/4656.5%131183.8 John Kolar1/250.0%0083.6 Jalen McCleskey0/10.0%000.0 Jeff Carr210 PlayerAttempts/CompletionsCompletion %TDsINTsPasser Rating The Cowboys have several returning red-zone threats in their star-studded receiving corps. It’s never a bad idea to get James Washington the ball and McCleskey is a great option out of the slot. Chris Lacy was ultra-efficient with all three of his catches making it into the end zone.Marcell Ateman’s return offers another big option for “70/30” balls Mason Rudolph calls them. Ateman was the Cowboys’ leading red-zone receiver with five catches and paid those off with four scores.Red-Zone Rush Attempts PlayerCatchesTDs Marcell Ateman (2015)54 Jalen McCleskey73 John Kolar100 James Washington100center_img The Cowboys need to replace a lot in this department. Chris Carson, Rennie Childs and Barry J. Sanders accounted for 51 attempts in the red zone which led to 17 touchdowns. Carson was the team leader with nine. And they have yet to name a backup to Justice Hill who is beefed up over the offseason but is still not the pound-it-up-the-middle option that even Chris Carson could be.Rudolph has shown some ability to keep the ball and get six but has struggled with fumble issues — half of his six fumbles were in the red zone. And then there’s the increased risk of injury which is a prospect no one in (or in support of) the program wants to think about. He played over half last season with an injury he sustained doing his best human-projectile bit against Texas.With all these playmakers and an improved offensive line, there is no reason Oklahoma State can’t get better in the score zone. PlayerAttemptsTDsFumbles (Lost) James Washington74 Dillon Stoner1/1100.0%10446.8 The Oklahoma State offense could be otherworldly in 2017. Mason Rudolph is an elite quarterback with an elite group of wide receivers to throw to. Justice Hill packed on enough offseason muscle to ensure his freshman 11 (-hundred yards) doesn’t get followed up by a sophomore slump. The offensive line should be better and potential backup QBs and RBs are being evaluated as we speak.But there is one facet of Oklahoma State’s offense that could use some improvement — red-zone effectiveness.The Cowboys ranked in the middle of the Big 12 in terms of red-zone effectiveness, based on points per red-zone attempt. If the Cowboys want to take the next step, they’ll need to be able to take advantage of those trips into enemy territory.AdChoices广告“You can always be better in the red zone and the score zone,” Rudolph said during Big 12 Media Days. “There’s a lot of times last year, fade balls and incompletions there and different schemes. Decision-making is so key down there.“The ability to extend the play and get a couple of those scramble drill points down there in the score zone is key, and that’s something we’ve worked on.”So, we know the Cowboys would like to be more effective in the score zone. Let’s take a look at the red-zone weapons they have to work with and why they could be improved on this front in 2017.I’ve divided up the players by passing, receiving and rushing to see who the best options are based on last year’s numbers. Of course, these don’t include newcomers like several freshman skill players that could see the field and LSU transfer Tyron Johnson. For the record, Johnson had one red-zone catch for eight yards as a true freshman at LSU.First, let’s look at red-zone passing numbers.Red-Zone Pass Attempts Mason Rudolph2263 (2) Justice Hill3441 (1) Chris Lacy33 Taylor Cornelius210 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

Joel Klatt Predicts Mason Rudolph to Win Heisman Trophy

first_imgThe preseason hype surrounding Mason Rudolph and the Cowboys has been flooding in this week, with Sports Illustrated naming OSU as a College Football Playoff Team and Rudolph landing on the cover of the magazine.Fox Sports’ Joel Klatt continued the trend of preseason praise on Friday when he named Rudolph as his pick to not only get an invite to New York for the Heisman Trophy presentation, but to win the Heisman Trophy in 2017.“The guy I think is going to win the Heisman Trophy: Mason Rudolph of Oklahoma State. He’s this perfect combination of on the radar yet not the favorite where we’re going to pay attention to him as he puts up gaudy numbers when they’re likely undefeated through the first half of the season maybe three-fourths of the season before they play Oklahoma, and yet he’s not the favorite.AdChoices广告“We’re not going to expect him to be perfect every single week. Mason Rudolph in that offense with that receiving corps is going to put up huge numbers. We’re going to be following him each and every week en route to what I think is a Heisman Trophy for Oklahoma State.”Although Rudolph isn’t the dual-threat, jump-off-the-screen athlete that will wow fans from home like a Lamar Jackson or Baker Mayfield, there’s no denying Klatt is right in that he’s going to put up some insane numbers this year airing it out in his senior season.OSU enters the preseason ranked No. 11 in the coaches poll, which does give Klatt’s argument some validity: OSU, like Mason Rudolph, is a perfect combination of on the radar yet not the favorite. And it’s why many like the Cowboys as a sleeper to make the playoff this season behind the Heisman-contending senior quarterback.2017 Heisman winner?Look no further than Mason Rudolph (via @joelklatt) pic.twitter.com/n4dd6wDlXa— FOX College Football (@CFBONFOX) August 11, 2017 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. 14 Taylor Cornelius

first_imgSame here.And here.And he’s shown that he can make plays with his legs like here.And with this dangerous karate move to Keenen Brown. 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. Oklahoma State kicks off the 2017 season two weeks from today. Let’s look at a Cowboy who could go from a casual fan’s afterthought to the most important player on the roster at any time.How he got to OSUQuarterback Taylor Cornelius hails from Class 2A Bushland High School (Texas) near Amarillo. He wasn’t heavily recruited but that wasn’t for lack of trying — or production. His senior season, the 6-foot-6 QB threw for 3,815 yards and 46 (!) touchdowns — all while completing 65 percent of his passes. He was a star basketball player and also competed in baseball and track and field. How that alone didn’t earn him a scholarship offer from Gundy, I have no idea.What he’s done in StillwaterCornelius has been in a backup role since 2014 when he and Mason Rudolph came in together. While Rudolph turned into a record-setting star and Heisman candidate, Cornelius has stood behind the scenes working on his game and his body. Coming in as the walking portrait of lanky — 6-6 and 184 pounds — Cornelius has added over forty pounds to his frame and is up to 225.Heading into this past spring game, all the buzz surrounded redshirt freshman Keondre Wudtee and early enrollee Jelani Woods. But it was Cornelius that was able to make plays going 5 of 9 for 77 yards and a touchdown. He also ran it four times including a 21-yard play.How much would Cornelius have played had he graduated high school one or two years earlier? It’s a good question. He was an inexperienced walk-on true freshman when Gundy and Co. decided to burn their highly-rated rookie’s redshirt at the end of 2014. But what if they stakes weren’t so high? What if there wasn’t a Mason Rudolph in front of him? What could Cornelius have done with a little more opportunity?On an episode of our PFB podcast, Kyle Porter asked former OSU wide receiver David Glidden to name the most underrated quarterback he ever played with at Oklahoma State.“To be honest with you, I might have to say one of the most underrated and overlooked guys is a guy that’s here right now in Taylor Cornelius,” said Glidden.“The kid throws an outstanding ball. He’s big. He runs a lot better than people think, a lot more athletic than people think and he’s worked ever since he’s gotten here.”Glidden raved about Cornelius’ work ethic and how he came in as a “twig” but has built his body up. He also talked about the obvious talent he brings to the table.“Some of the plays and throws that he typically makes in practice kind of opened up eyes for a lot of people,” Glidden continued “especially guys that practice with him everyday. It’s not really a surprise now to see him put balls on the money or even get out and scramble a little bit and kind of run away from a few people.”Oklahoma State fans hope they don’t have to see what Cornelius can do with the spotlight in 2017. But what about 2018? Could he make a strong case to compete for the QB1 role next year?Role in 2017The competition to be Mason Rudolph’s backup is a two-man race. Redshirt freshman Keondre Wudtee has shown some nice things in his year-plus in Stillwater and still may have the most upside but Cornelius seems to have a much better grasp of the offense. The battle hasn’t been decided as of yet but all through camp, it’s seemed like Cornelius’ to lose.Noteworthy stats and highlightsCornelius’ reps have come in garbage time but we did get a decent sample size against Southeastern Louisiana, regardless of the level of competition.He showed he could find the open man.last_img read more

‘Hazard will have told his agent to get him out of Chelsea!’

first_imgEden Hazard ‘Hazard will have phoned his agent & told him to get him out of Chelsea!’ Goal Last updated 1 year ago 16:11 6/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Eden Hazard Manchester City Chelsea Getty Eden Hazard Chelsea Manchester City v Chelsea Manchester City Premier League Transfers Jamie Carragher believes the Blues winger will be seeking an exit from Stamford Bridge following his side’s poor performance against Manchester City Eden Hazard will be looking to plan an escape route from Chelsea as their Premier League campaign continues to plummet after their latest defeat to Manchester City, says Jamie Carragher.The Premier League champions drew a great deal of criticism for a tame performance after they went down 1-0 to Pep Guardiola’s side on Sunday, their fourth loss in five top flight matches.Sitting fifth in the table and 25 points behind City, Chelsea’s struggles have only strengthened media speculation surrounding Hazard’s future, with Real Madrid reportedly determined to lure him to the Spanish capital. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp And Carragher feels the Blues are only pushing him away with performances like that at the Etihad Stadium, saying the Belgian will already be urging his agent to find him a new club.”He’s the star player at Chelsea, but there has always been talk of him moving on,” the former Liverpool and England defender said on  Sky Sports .”I have no doubt that at the end of that game, as soon as he got on that coach or got home, he will have been right on the phone to his agent saying, ‘get me out of here’.”He will have been that frustrated thinking, ‘I should be playing in this team, they’ve got the ball. I should be playing in a team that actually dominates the game’.”Eden Hazard running around up there on his own, not getting a kick of the ball. You want to show everyone in the world watching how good of a player he is.”I think they will have a major problem keeping him after that.”Hazard, 27, is Chelsea’s top scorer in the league this season with 11 strikes and three assists in 25 appearances. The ex-Lille star is contracted to the Stamford Bridge side until 2020.last_img read more

VAR set to ruin World Cup after Australian fail

first_imgWorld Cup VAR set to ruin World Cup after Australian experiment fail Kieran Francis @kieran_francis Last updated 1 year ago 21:04 7/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) VAR fail World Cup GFX Getty/Goal composite World Cup A-League Opinion The Video Assistant Referee will feature at the World Cup but it will be a complete disaster if its trial in Australia is anything to go by Dear The World,Trust us – the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) is going to ruin the World Cup in Russia.Love, Australia. Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp The A-League wouldn’t mean much to the regular football fan worldwide. Some may know it as where Alessandro Del Piero landed after Juventus, or the league where Dwight Yorke and Robbie Fowler migrated to in their late 30s.But the Australian domestic league was the first professional competition to use the VAR in a competitive match in April 2017, with a trial of the technology being adopted for the A-League since it’s introduction.After announcing that VAR is set to be part of the World Cup, FIFA president Gianni Infantino said the technology is ‘almost perfect’.”I would say to the fans, players and coaches that it will have an impact, a positive impact. That is what the results of the study show,” Infantino said.”From almost 1,000 live matches that were part of the experiment, the level of the accuracy increased from 93% to 99%. It’s almost perfect.”Clearly the Swiss-Italian administrator didn’t take much notice of the reaction to the VAR trial Down Under in Australia.In fact, you will struggle to find a positive word about the trial from any fan, player, coach or journalist involved in Australian football.Yes, some incorrect decisions have been overturned. But the issue is with the process – firstly with the length of time it takes when the VAR is used.Regularly a VAR intervention has caused a break in play for minutes, causing fans to become frustrated and restless, but also meaning a team can lose pressure and momentum it had been building against its opposition.Just on the weekend we saw Argentine star Ezequiel Lavezzi miss a penalty for Chinese side Hebei China Fortune after a three minute, 45 second break caused by the VAR.In addition to time issues, the VAR is also causing angst with the type of decisions it is making.Obviously clear-cut offsides and fouls are easy for the VAR to adjudicate on, but what about decisions that require interpretation? Isn’t the game just being re-refereed in this case?Central Coast Mariners coach Paul Okon made his feelings clear on the system after two of his players were sent off by it during a match in December.”If you came to this game tonight and you left here no longer in love with football, who could blame you?” Okon said post-match.”I think it’s probably what everyone is talking about and that’s not the reason why people are turning up watching – it’s not why we turn up to play and coach.”The sentiment was echoed, with a little less emotion, by Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino at the start of this month.After there were three VAR interventions in the first half of Spurs FA Cup victory over Rochdale, Pochettino warned the VAR in its current form will not help football and that the fans are not happy about it.Video Assistant Referee“The first half was embarrassing for everyone. I am not sure that the system [VAR] is going to help,” the Argentine said in his post-match press conference.”We love the game that we know. Football is about emotion, we want to keep the emotion. The fans are not so happy about what they have seen today.”But if my opinion is important, there is a lot of work to do [with the VAR]. We need to talk, to explain. Because today every one of us was confused.”This will not help the football. If we use this system we need to be sure.”Unfortunately for the football world, Infantino and other football administrators seem to be so sure, while the majority of other stakeholders are wary.Imagine if Cristiano Ronaldo is sent off in a World Cup semi-final for a borderline challenge deemed by the officiating referee to be a yellow card, but a red card by the VAR?Imagine a World Cup final blighted by four or five lengthy, confusing VAR stoppages?From the wave of critics in Australia to esteemed personalities such as Pochettino to countless examples of fan frustration to headline-grabbing issues – all the evidence points to a VAR system that is not even close to perfect.So why is it going to be used at football’s showpiece event?last_img read more

Mourinho criticises Shaw’s character

first_imgManchester United Mourinho delivers stinging Shaw criticism after FA Cup win Jamie Smith 08:18 18/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Luke Shaw Getty Images Manchester United FA Cup José Mourinho Brighton & Hove Albion Manchester United v Brighton & Hove Albion The full-back was singled out by his manager despite helping United advance to the semi-finals of the cup competition at the weekend Luke Shaw does not have the required personality to play for Manchester United, manager Jose Mourinho claimed following Saturday’s FA Cup win over Brighton and Hove Albion. The United boss was angry with his side’s performance in Saturday’s FA Cup quarter-final against the Seagulls, despite a 2-0 win at Old Trafford seeing the hosts into the last four.Shaw was involved in the move that saw Nemanja Matic set up Romelu Lukaku for the opener, the Serbia international then heading in an Ashley Young cross to wrap up victory. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Young replaced Shaw at the half-time break and Mourinho – who was heavily criticised following the midweek Champions League loss to Sevilla – did not hold back in his assessment of the former Southampton full-back.”Luke – I cannot say much more,” said the Portuguese, who has gone on record with his criticism of the 22-year-old England player before. “It is a relation with personality. It is a relation to trust, it is a relation to class.”My reason [to withdraw Shaw] was we work on the pitch a certain kind of movements, the two full-backs need to be really aggressive and always in front to make space for Matic and Scott [McTominay] to play in front of the two central defenders.”And I didn’t have that with Luke or with Antonio Valencia. I didn’t change both because it was too aggressive to do it and then I have only one more change to 90 minutes.”And then if we go to extra-time I have the possibility of a fourth change. But to do 45 minutes with only one more change, I think that would have been too aggressive.”But to try to improve our offensive football and be more aggressive I have to change one. I decided Luke because at least Antonio, defensively, was capable of some good positioning.”Like in one of their more dangerous movements in the second half, [Jurgen] Locadia made a dangerous run inside Eric Bailly and Antonio is still capable of [defending] this.”Luke, in the first half, every time they went in his corridor the cross was coming and a dangerous situation was coming, so I was not happy with the performance.”Tonight’s star man Nemanja Matic spoke to #MUTV after the game to discuss the importance of our 2-0 win… #MUFC #FACup pic.twitter.com/MV1zk4u0xm— Manchester United (@ManUtd) March 17, 2018Shaw moved to United in 2014, but injuries and poor form have limited him to just 39 Premier League appearances.last_img read more

The Rundown: Mike Gundy’s First Media Luncheon of the Season

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. STILLWATER — Mike Gundy won’t have to talk about who how Dru Brown and Spencer Sanders haven’t played in a game at OSU again.Gundy had his first media luncheon of the season Friday, a week out from his team’s meeting with Oregon State. It’s the last time he’ll meet with the media until postgame in Corvallis. Here are the topics OSU’s coach hit on.Gundy said:• He started with some self-aware coach speak saying everyone is excited, and we’ll know a lot more a week from now.• There is now a plan in place for how the quarterbacks will play next week, but it’s not a plan Gundy intents on spilling. He said nothing has changed in regards of both being equal.• We go straight from quarterbacks to … the kicking game? Alright. Tom Hutton, a 29-year-old freshman, is the punter. Jake McClure will handle kickoffs, and Matt Ammendola will kick field goals.• The lights started to flicker before turning off early in the press conference. “That new baseball stadium sucked the money. We didn’t pay the damn light bill.”• The team talent show was director of player development Joel Tudman’s idea. Gundy said it was such a hit that he suggests the team has at least two a year.• “Israel Antwine, if you guys turned around and looked that way and he got up here, when he speaks like President Obama, you don’t know the difference. It sounds exactly like him.”• Gundy said The Temptations cover band of Dru Brown, LD Brown, Samuela Tuihalamaka, Sione Asi and Dillon Stoner was “pretty good.” There were more up-to-date acts where Gundy had no idea what was going on, and A.J. Green better stick to playing corner as opposed to becoming a magician.• On Bryce Bray being listed at right guard instead of left tackle, Gundy said Charlie Dickey is moving guys around some. Gundy said he isn’t sure that it’ll start that way. They’re always looking for three guards, three tackles and two centers.• Malcolm Rodriguez got moved to linebacker because of the limitations the team has there with a few injuries. Gundy said he thinks Rodriguez weighs somewhere between 212 to 215 pounds now (he’s listed at 205). Gundy said his agility will be a big advantage for him at linebacker, but his size could be an issue.• Gundy said he thinks Oregon State would prefer to run the football with 2018 Pac-12 Freshman of the Year Jermar Jefferson.• Gundy expects his offensive line to start the year better than the group has in the last few seasons with new offensive line coach Charlie Dickey.• With the four-game redshirt rule, Gundy said he intents on using it the same as last season: using skill guys on special teams and in most cases the big guys won’t play unless there is a game where OSU is “way ahead.”• You don’t see as many kickoff returns now with the rule changes, Gundy said. He said Chuba Hubbard and LD Brown want to be back there, so he let them.• As far as leaving his first two options at running back back there, though, Gundy said he goes back to what Penn State did with Saquan Barkley, letting him return kicks.• On comparisons between Johnny Wilson and Charlie Dickey: “(Wilson) likes heavy-metal music. I don’t know that Coach Dickey likes heavy-metal music or has been to a Metallica or Black Sabbath concert as recent as Johnny has.”• Gundy wasn’t really ever into heavy-metal. He was more of a Motown guy.• To a certain extent, Gundy said he imagines Oregon State will run similar plays to what they have in the past.• A lot of the preseason rankings are determined returning quarterback play and returners on defense. With not a lot of starters back on defense and no returning quarterback, Gundy said that’s his guess as to why they weren’t in the polls.• Tre Sterling covers Malcolm Rodriguez’s safety spot. Gundy said Sterling had a great summer. Gundy added Sterling wasn’t too physical when he got to campus, and he didn’t know if college football was for him. But Sterling has made a “big change.”• Tyler Lacy, listed as a starting defensive end, has grown even more than Sterling. “Tyler spent most of last year asleep. We had to yell at him every day just to do anything on scout team. He’s doing a lot better now.”• Gundy hasn’t spent much “personal time” with Dru Brown and Spencer Sanders, but from what Gundy does see, he said he sees them have positive discussions about what all is going on. “There’s no question both of them want to be the starter, and I’m guessing that they would both like to be the full-time starter. So, there’s always going to be some edge in the competition there, but it hasn’t become a distraction. And I actually think it has become positive in their learning experience.”• There haven’t been a lot of challenges he has had to face in the quarterback battles over the years. He said Clint Chelf and J.W. Walsh got along, as did Walsh and Mason Rudolph.  “Mason didn’t ever want to come out of the game, but he understood. There was never an issue. I’ve never had to have a discussion with anybody.”• The staff has a good plan in place on how to use the quarterbacks against Oregon State.• Brown and Sanders are further ahead than J.W. Walsh and Clint Chelf were in their 2013 quarterback battle.• Tom Hutton is “very athletic,” but Gundy isn’t giving out any information in terms of punt fakes for the former Australian-Rules Football star.• Competitive penalties are OK. “It’s not like we’re gonna play games and not have any penalties, but what I’m concerned with are undisciplined penalties.”• TV pays the bills, so arguing against a Friday game would be a waste of time.• “(Tylan Wallace) hasn’t changed at all. He won’t change. He’ll be the same 10 years from now when he’s still playing. It’s just who he is. He doesn’t think he’s any different than anybody else. He’s in every blocking drill. He dives for balls. I see him doing it in practice and I look over at Coach Dunn like, ‘Really? Does he really need to run down the field and dive for a ball eight times a day?’ He just does it. It’s what he does.”• With a new rule on targeting, cracking down on crack-back blocks against a defenseless player, Gundy said they’ve taken out the plays were Wallace has drilled guys in the past because he’d get throw out of the game if he does it this season. It was clean last year. • Chuba Hubbard won’t have the 15-touch limit Justice Hill loosely had last season. Gundy said Hubbard has “a little more meat on him.” He said if OSU is way ahead, he’s going to pull Hubbard because he doesn’t want him to get hit unnecessarily.• Hubbard is more serious about playing football this year, so his change this offseason might have been more mental than physical. “There’s no BS.”• Gundy said Thomas Harper, Jayden Jernigan, Trace Ford won’t redshirt. He said he thinks the number of true freshmen who will play is six. Jim Knowles has mentioned Na’drian Dizadare and Kam Farrar as guys who will likely play, leaving a mystery man. He doesn’t expect any offensive linemen to avoid a redshirt.• Trace Ford likes football. Gundy said he was “kind of a key recruiter” with Ford because he watched Ford beat out a bunt and steal two bases against the Stillwater High baseball team. “I came back to the staff meeting the next day, and I said, ‘I know we’re recruiting the defensive end from Santa Fe, I just watched him steal two bases in high school against a pretty good catcher, and it wasn’t even close. So, if you’re thinking about it, I would highly recommend we go after him.’”• Kanion Williams benefited from the four-game redshirt rule last season, as did Jason Taylor.last_img read more