Oklahoma State Preview: Gundy Looks to Avenge Shortcomings

Carl VandervoortContributor IJuly 23, 2009

COLUMBIA, MO - OCTOBER 11:  Head coach Mike Gundy of the Oklahoma State Cowboys looks on against the Missouri Tigers for yardage on October 11, 2008 at Memorial Stadium in Columbia, Missouri.  (Photo by G. Newman Lowrance/Getty Images)

For the first time since the late 80’s Oklahoma State is being touted as a force in the Big XII (circa the Big 8).

This time around, the Pokes are not led by the likes of Sanders or Thomas, but ironically a guy named Gundy is calling the shots, again.

Gundy was responsible for the school’s only back to back 10 win seasons in 1987-88, but now could deliver the first 11, or even 12 win season as Head Coach in 2009.

With guys like Dez Bryant, Kendall Hunter, and Zac Robinson returning you know what you are gonna get—high octane offense.

Here’s what you may not know about the State’s University.

Sporting an under the radar Offensive Line, anchored by Russell Okung, a top 15 draft pick next April, should help Robinson’s keep jersey clean—which is a MUST. 

The thunder and lightning combo of Hunter and Toston will help control the clock.

Zac Robinson HAS to learn how to slide, remember the Holiday Bowl? 

Good, because he doesn’t.

Don't expect Gundy to tip his hat to the Oklahoma's and Texas' when he's winning comfortably against Iowa State.

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There will be big shoes to fill with the departure of TE Brandon Pettigrew, freshman TE Jamal Mosely will have big shoes to fill. 

Dez Bryant will be electric.  I still think he’s a better pro prospect than Michael Crabtree.

I have always said Bryant reminded me of Michael Irving, and Crabtree reminds me of Sterling Sharp.

Offensive Key = Have the last possession of the game

Defensively they bring in new Defensive Coordinator Bill Young, who’s expertise is the defensive line, he plans to simplify the approach. Oklahoma State has the experience and athletes in the back seven, that was never the question—a very complicated scheme made learning on the fly difficult.  Now that things are simplified for an experienced group we will see what Young is all about.

It’s a real simple rub: the season rests on the front four.  If they pressure the QB then the pressure will be relieved off of the undersized, yet athletic line-backing core.

Players to watch for:  Highly touted (yet always injured) speed rusher Richetti Jones, RB Kye Staley, True Freshman Athlete Dexter Pratt, Safety Markell Martin, and Tight End Jamal Mosely

My prediction:  12-2  Holiday Bowl Win, losses to Texas and OU, Biletnikoff Winner Dez Bryant, blowout win against Texas Tech


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