Dana Holgorsen is poised to call plays for one final time when Oklahoma State battles Arizona in the Alamo Bowl on Dec. 29. The Cowboys' former offensive coordinator and future West Virginia head coach has spent the last year mentoring quarterback Brandon Weeden in his offense.
As well as Weeden knows the offense, the All-Big 12 quarterback isn't quite ready to take over the Pokes' potent attack. Asked in jest if he could take over the play calling duties from Holgorsen if needed, Weeden said: â€œI don't think they want that to happen. I'll throw it 75 times. (Offensive line coach) Joe Wickline wouldn't be very happy, I promise you.â€
Turns out, Weeden has some limited experience calling plays.
â€œI called plays at practice the other day, it's hard,â€ he said. â€œTo get the play in quickly, to know what you're calling and why you're calling it, it's not easy. I was flustered.â€
â€œUm, what do I want to do? What do I want to do? Um, run it!â€
Arizona coach Mike Stoops has plenty of respect for the Cowboys program. Watching OSU take on Oklahoma during Bedlam on Nov. 27 only increased that respect despite the Pokes' 47-41 loss.