The Oklahoma State Cowboys have boasted one of the most prolific offenses in the nation over the last half-decade. It would be foolish to make any changes, right?
Obviously, it is the job of Mike Gundy and his coaching staff not only to maintain the offense’s lightning-fast scoring pace, but also to look for ways to make the offense even better.
Those changes, along with ones that come with players getting healthy and gaining experience, will provide many interesting offensive differences for Cowboys fans to watch for.
Very Different Running Game
The departure of Joseph Randle to the NFL after his junior year will drastically change the face of the Cowboys’ running game. Despite this fact and the pass-heavy scheme the team runs, you can bet that the running game will remain a priority for Gundy and his staff.
Jeremy Smith will likely take over the duties as starting running back, but another big difference will be backup quarterback J.W. Walsh’s role in the running game.
Gundy stated recently that Walsh will remain a big part of the offense as a change-of-pace quarterback who plays in certain situations (per Gina Mizell of The Oklahoman). While we did see some of that last season, hopefully we will get to see the effect it can have on opposing defense for the entire season.
An Even Faster Offense
According to Gina Mizell of The Oklahoman, Coach Gundy is still not satisfied with the tempo with which his offense plays.
According to Mizell, Gundy stated that a big part of why Mike Yurcich was hired as the new offensive coordinator is because of how fast his offense snapped the ball while he was at Shippensburg. He followed that up by adding that he thought the Cowboys offense had already sped up significantly since Yurcich took over.
It is hard to imagine that the Cowboys offense could be any faster, but if it can be done, there is no doubt Gundy and Yurcich will make it happen.
Stability at Quarterback … Hopefully
The 2012 season was a tumultuous one for the Cowboys at the quarterback position. It appears that Gundy is hoping to avoid that in 2013.
According to Gina Mizell of The Oklahoman, Gundy has stated that Clint Chelf still has a strong hold on the starting quarterback job thanks to the way he played late in 2012 and how well he has performed in 2013.
Quarterback stability, a faster offense and a different running game should all be positives for this team next season. Hopefully for fans, players and coaches, they will be continued steps toward the type of elite program Oklahoma State wants to become.