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Gina Mizell: Wes Lunt is the Brandon Weeden prototype

Gina Mizell, Staff Writer, Modified: August 2, 2012 at 3:14 pm •  Published: August 2, 2012

The Oklahoman's Gina Mizell answered questions from readers in today's Power Lunch Chat. Read the entire chat recap here. Participate in our Power Lunch Chats Monday-Friday at 11 a.m. at

With the sudden loss of depth at tackle, paired with Lunt's inexperience to start the season, do you expect OSU to use Blake Jackson as more of a traditional tight end role to start the season? Possibly to add an extra blocker and give Lunt more time in the pocket?

That is an excellent question. Gundy has said that he wants Jackson to play attached to the line of scrimmage and out at IR, and wants him to block and catch. I know Jackson had an up-and-down spring, which is typical for a JC transfer as they get adjusted to the new system and pace of D-I, Big 12 football. Changing his role a lot might not be the best. But that's something I'll keep and eye on and remember to ask at some point throughout camp.

Talking to coaches and players (on and off the record) what do you think the offensive play calling will look like this year? They all say "same offense" but you can't expect Lunt to be Weeden from Day 1, right?

No, you definitely cannot expect Lunt to be Weeden from Day 1. But he doesn't need to be for this offense to be successful...he needs to be smart and distribute the ball to OSU's playmakers and not turn the ball over. But a huge reason why he was named the starter is because he's the Weeden prototype, which means the scheme of the offense will stay the same. Now, it would be silly not to utilize the running back duo of Randle/Smith...and I would expect the run/pass ratio to be a bit closer to 50/50 than the past two seasons, especially early on while Lunt gets acclimated. But the Cowboys aren't going to change their scheme. They have the right style of QB to run the spread. That's why they recruited him, and that's a big reason why he was named the starter.

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