It’s High Noon.
Mike Gundy Named Most Intriguing Coach in College Football
They're back: The College Football Most Intriguing Lists. First, the 25 Most Intriguing Coaches for 2017 https://t.co/9SItugwfLf— Pat Forde (@YahooForde) August 7, 2017
The mullet-haired rattlesnake hunter is all man, and now nearly 50. A decade removed from one of the most memorable rants in college football history, Gundy has improbably become the face of the transitioning Big 12 conference and might have his best team in 13 seasons on the job in Stillwater.
Is Mike Gundy the face of the Big 12? That’s an interesting thought. It’s kind of perfect how people are finally realizing how much of a gem Mike Gundy is right when Oklahoma State is likely to hit one it’s highest points of college football relevance.
Sixteen-seventeen year-old kids are going to be watching football in late December / early January (wishful thinking), and it’s very possible that it will be the first time they have ever watched Oklahoma State. They are going to see a crazy ass dude with a mullet lead a team full of 3-star recruits to national relevance. Then, those kids are going to say, “wow, I want to play for that guy.”
This program is trending up, and I’m excited.
Other Big 12 coaches on the list are:
#4 - Lincoln Riley (wrooooong! Homie is a wet noodle. He sucks.)
#5 - Tom Herman
#17 - Matt Rhule
Backup QB Still Up for Grabs?
OSU football: Cornelius, Wudtee continue battle for backup quarterback job https://t.co/Aggsvm9iB3— Scott Wright (@ScottWrightOK) August 8, 2017
“I'm waiting for one of those guys to say, ‘I'm the guy,'” Gundy said. “I'm hoping that we can accomplish that over the next 10 days. Both of them have made plays at times, and both have made mistakes at other times, but once we get into practice No. 16 or No. 18, there's only a limited number of reps.
“At that point, we'll have to say that one guy is going to get the majority of the reps.”
Taylor Cornelius (J) and Keondre Wudtee (R-Fr) are still battling it out for QB2. If I were a betting man (which I am) I would put money on Cornelius coming away with the backup quarterback job.
However, I am hoping that I am wrong. I am hoping that Wudtee shows that he is ready for the job. One of Keondre Wudtee, Jelani Woods or Spencer Sanders are going to be the future of the quarterback position in Stillwater. Gundy said it, “... but once we get into practice No. 16 or No. 18, there's only a limited number of reps.” If Wudtee loses out on QB2, that means less reps for him in practice, which means we are already a few steps behind when it comes to devolping a quarterback for the 2018-19 season.
We’ll see how everything shakes out.
What Positions Should Oklahoma State Focus On for the Remainder of the ‘18 Class?
The Cowboys currently have nine defensive ends on the roster. Two of those are seniors and five are juniors. With only one current DE commit in the 2018 class in Tyler Lacy, I expect OSU to push hard to land at least one more.
OSU has seven on the roster, but two are seniors and one is a junior. OSU is going to need to add at least one player in this class. If they can’t nab a high school player they like, look for coaches to target a junior college player or a graduate transfer who can immediately come in and contribute.
The Oklahoma State recruitment class of 2018 is nearing it’s finishing touches and PFB talks about what Mike Gundy and crew should focus on.
I believe defensive lineman should be their main target. Tyler Lacy is the only defensive lineman in the class, and the position group is one of the most experienced on the team, which means graduations are coming.