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OSU football: Todd Monken opens the book on Cowboys' rebuild on offense

If you want to know how Oklahoma State might fare offensively in 2012, all you have to do is ask.
by John Helsley Published: March 25, 2012

Football coaches — heck, coaches in any sport, but especially football coaches — have pretty much perfected the media stiff arm.

Probing minds? Shove aside.

Eager for insight? Stand down.

Then there's Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Todd Monken.

Wanna know what's inside Monken's head?

Just ask.

Even at the poker table of the press, Monken rarely bluffs, instead providing rich story lines and scenarios — and yes, bankroll quotes.

For observant fans, at least those open to blunt and not always sugarcoated candidness, Monken pulls back the curtain to allow the ultimate insider's take on his offense and more.

Monken unedited? He knows no other way.

And here are his thoughts on several intriguing plot lines of the Cowboys spring:

On quarterback candidate Clint Chelf's bid to win the job, which hinges more on his leadership than any particular skill:

“Is he really going to be able to run our team? Is he really going to get guys going in the summer? Is he really going to compete? Or does he just see himself as the backup? You really don't know until you get thrust into that.

“So everybody is a little bit different when their role changes. He's had a really good offseason. (J.W. Walsh) has had a really good offseason, because that's his nature. And Wes (Lunt) is just feeling his way.”

On whether his early comments indicate a certain pressure on Chelf:

“Clint should be ahead of the others. If he's not significantly ahead, then we have an issue with him. I don't know where you go from there, because the others haven't been in the system long enough and played enough, like he has. Otherwise you're going to move on.

“Is that pressure? Sure it is, but we're in a pressure business. That's the nature of it. He knows that.”

On what should be the reasonable expectations of a new-look receiving corps:

“I think it's reasonable to think they can play. And the reasonable thing is they can make the plays afforded them and not hurt us. ‘I can get to the right spot. I can catch the ball.' Then we can function from there, doing the little things from there.

“Because it's all the little mistakes, the dropped balls, misalignments, running the wrong route, all that kind of stuff — you don't beat anybody. But at least if you have a certain skill set and you do all the right things, you get to the right spot and you catch it even if you fall down, you've got a chance.

“I think that's reasonable to expect, that they compete, play and give yourself a chance, ala Colton Chelf. Get to the right spot, catch the ball, do the right thing, you can have success.”

On who among the receivers has his eye this spring:

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by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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