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Gina Mizell: Oklahoma State Power Lunch Chat transcript, July 20, 2012

Gina Mizell answered questions from readers in today's Power Lunch Chat. Participate in our Power Lunch Chats Monday-Friday at 11 a.m. at NewsOK.com/sports.
BY GINA MIZELL, Staff Writer, gmizell@opubco.com Modified: July 20, 2012 at 4:56 pm •  Published: July 20, 2012
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I'm excited about this season! Question: Besides Josh Stewart at WR, what other WR would you pick to have a breakout year?

I think you're right on with Stewart poised to have a big year. He had a GREAT spring, and I see him almost completely replacing Josh Cooper's production in the slot. Some others to look out for: Charlie Moore (the star of the spring game), redshirt freshmen Torrance Carr and David Glidden and JC transfer tight end Blake Jackson (who is a pass-catcher more than a blocker). No one's going to replace Justin Blackmon, but if a lot of guys can up their production, the offense will be fine collectively.

Most valuable player for the 'boys in 2012?

Joseph Randle is the easy answer here, because of his success last season, the expectations for a big 2012 with the losses of Weeden and Blackmon (he's on the watch list for the Maxwell and Walter Camp Awards, which go to the nation's most outstanding player). And I think everyone also expects him to take over as a leader and team spokesman.

Your preseason ranking for the Cowboys in the Big 12 and nationally?

I picked the Cowboys fourth in the Big 12 on my preseason ballot (which was released yesterday). Nationally, I have them somewhere in the 17-20 range.

What is your take on the mindset of Walsh and Chelf?

I actually spoke to Walsh the other day, and he seemed to be in a good place. The story I was working on had nothing to do with the QB derby and losing the job, so it didn't really come up during the interview, but still, he seemed happy. I think the fact that neither transferred is a good sign. You never know--one injury to Lunt and Walsh is on the field. And I still expect we'll see some sort of package for J.W.

How many commits do the Cowboys have for the 2013 season, and who is one that could really have an impact?

OSU has 14 commits so far, four that are rated four stars by Rivals. Three of the four-star players are WRs (Marcell Ateman, Fred Ross, Ra'Shaad Samples), and I'd expect one of them to compete for playing time next season with Tracy Moore and Isaiah Anderson both being seniors this year.

What do you think the run/pass percentages will be this year with Wes Lunt? 50/50 or lean more on the run hopefully?

I think it will definitely be closer to 50/50 than in years past, but Gundy has maintained that "we're going to run our offense." Part of the reason Lunt was named the starter was because he's most equipped to run the throw-first spread with his strong and accurate arm. That said, the coaches aren't going to completely unleash him at first, and it would be silly not to utilize one of the best 1-2 running back combos in Randle and Jeremy Smith. So this isn't going to turn into a power running attack, but we will see a bit more balanced offense, at least at first.

What do you predict OSU's final record to be? With explanations of losses. Please and thanks!

You got it. I predict 8-4. Losses being at OU (it's Bedlam, so expect crazy, but I think the Sooners are better this year and are...not happy...about last season's thrashing), West Virginia (my pick to win the conference) and at K-State (Collin Klein crushed the Cowboys last season...and OSU doesn't have the same firepower on offense to replicate that type of shootout). The tossup games to me: Texas, TCU and potentially at Arizona (that seems crazy, but it will be the first road start for Lunt).

Do you think the new hire, Stephanie Kuzydym, will be a good fit for you guys (like you turned out to be)?

Appreciate the kind words, first of all. We wouldn't have hired Steph if we didn't think she'd be a GREAT fit. Mike Sherman knows what he's doing. I spent a lot of time with Steph when she came up to interview and immediately liked her and knew she'd fit in well, and she's shown that so far. She's an extremely talented reporter/storyteller and a hard worker and has already put out great stuff for us. I'm stoked she's on our team!

I have a question about Big 12 media days. ESPNU says college media days from 11-4 but Direct TV has Big 12 media days on FSN Midwest for only an hour long. So what's going on? Does the Big 12 part only last an hour or what?

That's a great question. I will be in Dallas for all of it, so not really sure what the situation is there. Players/coaches kind of go from station to station...for example, they'll talk to national TV, then talk to print/local TV reporters "at the podium" (that's what you'd likely see broadcast live), then go to a breakout room for more interviews. I'm not sure if the programming you're looking at is broadcasting press conferences live or if it's a sort of "wrap-up" show at the end of the session. But we'll have you covered with all the day's news--both from the state teams and the entire Big 12--right here on NewsOK! See what I did there =)

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