Final grades: Gundy’s five things
by Brandon Chatmon
Over the next few weeks, I’ll will be reviewing and giving final grades for OSU’s 2009 season. Today, I kick off the final grades with a look at the five things Cowboys coach Mike Gundy wanted to accomplish heading into the 2009 season.
Mike Gundy’s five things to accomplish
1. Make sure the Cowboys are in good condition, yet avoid burnout.
This goal was mainly a preseason goal with a large emphasis on the Cowboys season opener with Georgia. And the Pokes passed that test with flying colors.
OSU was more physical than Georgia and won the game. It cannot be overlooked, however, that the Cowboys physical fall camp resulted in the loss of running back Kye Staley and Orie Lemon due to injury.
The loss of Lemon and Staley keeps this from being a A+.
2. Name a legit backup quarterback
Gundy named a legit backup: Alex Cate. The junior started against Colorado but was replaced by Brandon Weeden, who led OSU to a win over the Buffaloes. Cate won the job in practice, Weeden won the job against Colorado. Weeden is the clear favorite to start in 2010.
Gundy named a backup but the Colorado game shows he named the wrong one.
3. Get a great feel for the new system put in place by Bill Young
The Cowboys defensive players responded to Bill Young and his system. OSU’s defense was the best unit on the team and a big reason why the Cowboys won nine games and made a Cotton Bowl appearance.
Young brought in a simple system that allowed OSU’s defenders to play with speed and it worked. The Cowboys finished 31st nationally in total defense and scoring defense.
4. Become better tacklers
For the most part, OSU tackled well in 2009. That’s a big reason why the defense improved as much as it did. And a lot of the credit goes to Gundy and his focus on being physical in practice. That mindset cost the Cowboys in terms of injuries with Lemon, Staley, safety Victor Johnson lost for the season and other players dealing with various injuries throughout the season.
OSU’s physical mindset and mental toughness was the main reason they won nine games but the injuries keep it from being a A+.
5. Take better care of the ball offensively to avoid turnovers.
Turnovers were a huge hindrance to OSU’s offensive success. The Houston and Ole Miss losses were largely due to turnovers. And turnovers against Texas (5) and OU (2) kept OSU from giving themselves a chance.
The Pokes lost 18 turnovers in four losses and 30 overall (No. 112 in the nation). OSU turned the ball over 10 times more than they did in 2008. Those numbers are simply not acceptable.
Cincinnati, which went undefeated in the regular season, led the nation with 10 turnovers.
An acceptable number would have been between 12-15 or around one per game.
The Cowboys wanted to take better care of the ball than they did in 2008 and instead turned it over 10 MORE times. Worse yet, they didn’t improve as the year went on with 13 turnovers in their final three games.
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