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Gundy Live: No Presser? No Problem

by John Helsley Published: September 17, 2012

Mike Gundy makes the rounds on Mondays, with the Big 12 teleconference, his weekly press conference – although not this Monday, due to being off Saturday – and a regular spot on SiriusXM’s College Sports Nation, hosted by Mark Packer and Eddie George.

Gundy’s message remains pretty consistent throughout the day. Still, without his own press conference, the spot on SiriusXM represented his longest gig of the day.

The highlights:

 On Wes Lunt’s injury:

“We’ll know more at the end of the week. At first, we thought it was a season-ending injury. We don’t feel that way right now. We have to wait and see how much swelling he gets, what his range of motion is. They immobilize those injuries for three or four days now. Probably Thursday or Friday, they’ll take (the leg) out, see what kind of range of motion (he has), see what kind of strength he has and we’ll know where he’s at.

 On adjusting to the loss of Lunt:

“It’s always kind of a shock when you lose your starting quarterback. The different situation for us was we went from freshman to freshman, no experience to no experience. So our guys kind of had to make a move there on the run. But I thought they did a good job. J.W. Walsh came in and played really well and our defense played great.”

 On what areas will be the focus during the off week?

“Defensively, I like what we’re doing. We didn’t cover on middle zone passes atArizona– passes from 4 to 8 yards – we weren’t close enough to make plays. We did a better job of that this week. Our run defense has been pretty good. We’ve covered the deep ball. Defensively, we just want to work on fundamentals, work on tackling, keep our head up. Offensively, we’re going to have to look at the direction we need to go, if we don’t get Wes back for theTexasgame. J.W. Walsh is more of a dual-threat quarterback and a very different type of player than Wes is.”

 On whether Walsh as a dual-threat quarterback helps the overall running game?

“You can spread it out with three or four receivers and one back in the backfield, and with your quarterback, still have a two-back offense. That’s the advantage. The disadvantage is you’re going to take some hits. And we all hold our breath when your quarterback is taking some hits. We’ll try to get the best of both worlds.”

 On his early thoughts onTexas?

“They’re very similar to what they have been. You start out on defense and they’ve got two great ends. And the guys behind them can run really well. Their safeties and corners are athletic enough to play man coverage whenever they want. When you playTexas, you get a man coverage, zone blitz team, a pressure team because of the skill they have on that side of the ball. Offensively, their offensive line has gotten better. Their quarterback has improved. Seems to me he’s understanding their philosophy and what they want to do on offense. And they’ve come up with a couple of running backs who want to play hard. And they want to try to play fast and try to pound you inside, then throw over the top when your safeties get involved in the running game.”

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by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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