STILLWATER — Being a Heisman hopeful means Brandon Weeden is in demand when it comes to media requests.
Weeden talked about being in contention for that award, closing in on OSU's career passing mark and what makes this Cowboy team special during a national teleconference on Tuesday.
You need 150 yards to become OSU's all-time passing leader. How does that feel?
“I really haven't thought about it. I honestly didn't even know that. It's obviously cool. That's one those things you've got to take a lot of pride in. I would probably guess Zac (Robinson) holds the record now, and his success here was obviously very good and he's a great player and been a great friend. Obviously, it's something I'll take pride in down the road, when I'm done playing.
What's it like to be in the Heisman discussion?
“I'm excited to be even mentioned in the same breath as guys like Andrew Luck and Trent Richardson and the other guys that are being mentioned for it. They're obviously two of the best players in the country, along with Case (Keenum) and Kellen (Moore). Just to be mentioned with those guys is obviously just extremely exciting. It's something I don't take for granted. If I was able to go to New York, I'd be excited about it. That also means that we're doing a lot great things as a team and we're winning games.
Do you feel you've improved your footwork since last season?
“Absolutely. We do drills every day (working on) pocket presence, stepping up in the pocket, just keeping your feet underneath you. Those carry over to games. If you look at early in the year last year to the middle part last year, those are the things I needed to work on. It's not every time, because not every play is going to be perfect. But for the most part, I've been able to really kind of take those things we work on at practice and transfer them over to the game. I think they've come a long way. In order to play quarterback, you look at all the guys on Sunday that have a lot of success like Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady, their feet are just unbelievable. That's all I watch. When I watch NFL games, I just watch their pocket presence and their feet and how they maneuver in the pocket.”
What's the chemistry like on this team?
“The difference is we don't have any guys that are ‘I' guys. They're not worried about how many catches, how many tackles, how many plays they play. They're not worried about that. They want to do whatever they can to help this team win. I've been on a lot of teams, and I've never seen a group of guys that are this close and care about each other as much as they do. I think that goes a long way when you talk about winning games. I think that's one of those things that we'll look back when we're done playing and say, ‘Wow, that was something pretty special.'”
What makes Mike Gundy such a successful coach?
“I think just forming relationships with players. Sometimes that can be one thing that gets overlooked and people don't talk about. He's got a lot on his plate, but whenever he's around us at practice or just in the facility, he's always going to joke with you, have a good time, laugh, crack a joke and communicate. He pulled me into his office today and we sat down and had a good little discussion and just kind of talked. That's pretty unique. I don't know many coaches across the country that really do that. If they do, maybe they're your better coaches. I've got a tremendous amount of respect for him. He's done a great job and he's a large reason why the program is where it is today.”
How do you not look ahead Bedlam on Dec. 3?
“You can't. You look across the country, and you've got to assume some teams have done that and get snuck up on and get beat. At this stage in our season, we've played so well to this point, there's no reason to kind of take one for granted. We've got to stay focused at the task at hand or else something might happen and all of our goals we set aside at the beginning of the year are no longer attainable. We respect Iowa State. We've watched them on tape and they're a well-coached, very fundamental team that's going to come in and they're going to fight and give us their best shot. In college football these days, you can't overlook anybody. When you overlook them, bad things happen.”