STILLWATER — During Oklahoma State's Football 101 for Women clinic last Friday, The Oklahoman's Gina Mizell sat in on a Q&A with Cowboy offensive coordinator Todd Monken. Here are some highlights from that session:
On the decision to name true freshman Wes Lunt the starting quarterback:
“It was unanimous with our staff.
“Some 18-year-olds act like they're 13. Some 18-year-olds act like they're 23. He's so much more mature.
“He has a very accurate arm, he's got a calm demeanor like Brandon (Weeden) … and he just gets it. He just has something about him, and I don't want to wait two years to figure it out.
“With J.W. (Walsh as the starter), we'd have to change what we do. He's a runner who's developing as a thrower.
“The hardest part (of naming the starter) was telling the other two guys. … I'm not that thick-skinned.”
On the expectations for Lunt to become a leader in 2012:
“You can't ask him to be something he's not, but he can't just be a kid.”
On what “keeps him up at night” as a coach:
“Last year I was miserable. When you don't have success, you feel like you could have done it better … you could have coached them better.
“It was rewarding at the end of the year, because you put so much pressure (on yourself), because you only have so many opportunities with a really good team.
“Iowa State still keeps me up night.
“When your whole self worth is based on your team and how they play, it's hard.”
On the possibility of building a special package for Walsh:
“I'd think we'd have to use his athleticism.
“We'd like to, because he's what you want. He's what you want as a kid, as a tough guy … it's just a matter of where.”
On the biggest keys to OSU's historic 2011 season:
“Brandon Weeden was the No. 1 reason. When you have a great quarterback, it all works better. … He's one of the best I've been around.
“I do think Mike (Gundy) has developed a confidence level in our team, a character of our team … they're choosing to play here.”
On facing West Virginia and head coach Dana Holgorsen, who installed the Cowboys' current offensive system during his one season as offensive coordinator at OSU:
“They've got the same problem we do … we can't change everything when they know what we do.”
On the most common play the Cowboys ran in 2011:
“Inside zone with a screen. … But we ran that less than 10 percent (of the time).”