The Oklahoman's Gina Mizell took questions from readers in today's Oklahoma State Power Lunch Chat. You can join our Power Lunch Chats Monday-Friday at 11 a.m. on NewsOK.com/Sports. Here's a recap of today's Q&A.
Can you confirm a Missouri newspaper report that Gundy has offered the offensive coordinator position to David Yost?
Cannot confirm it on our end, but we're working too. One source just told me they would be surprised if Gundy moved that quickly, but admitted they didn't know anything about it. So, like I said, we're working hard on our end and will hopefully have an update soon.
Would Yost learn OSU's current system, or is OSU looking to switch up its offensive style?
Gundy has been very adamant about the fact that he wants to run the Air Raid, citing Zac Robinson's poor health at the end of his career as a reason why you don't want a QB getting beat up by running the football on a consistent basis. So unless something has dramatically changed recently, that is Gundy's preference and philosophy. Missouri's offense, though, obviously used a dual-threat QB, most recently James Franklin. But just because an OC has been running a certain style doesn't mean they can't run another style. Monken is an example of that. Though whoever comes in this time won't have Brandon Weeden to teach them the offense.
Any buzz that DC Bill Young could be replaced after giving up 600+ yards the last two games (both losses)?
Depends on what you mean by "buzz." Are some fans calling for Young's job? Absolutely. Are the coaches disappointed by it? Absolutely. Is he going to get fired because of that? Would not jump to that conclusion.
The front seven has played relatively well this season, particularly with Calvin Barnett and James Castleman (who missed the Baylor game) in the middle of that defensive line. The pass defense, particularly, the cornerbacks, have been the biggest disappointment on this team.
How is Lyndell Johnson doing? I know he went back into the Baylor game, but that knee bent all wrong.
Fine, as far as I know, based on the fact that he did come back in the game. We haven't been able to talk to players or coaches since after the Baylor game. And you know how Gundy is about injuries, anyway.
Will we get to see even more of #23, #27 and #52 in the bowl game? They are all playmakers!
Zack Craig, Lyndell Johnson and Ryan Simmons all play a fair amount, anyway. So yes, I expect them to play a good chunk of snaps in the bowl game. You are right in that they all have a knack for making plays and make the most out of their time on the field in a nonstarting role. Craig isn't always in the right spot, coaches say, but has an ability to make a play on the ball or in rushing the QB. Johnson is particularly strong in pass coverage because of his speed, range and athleticism. Simmons is just a force in the middle.
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