Making his weekly spot on Sirius/XM’s college football show Monday, Mike Gundy hit on several topics, including the status of quarterback Wes Lunt.
Gundy told the hosts that he expects Lunt back making meaningful practice throws later in the week, which means by Thursday, since the Cowboys will again get the weekend off with another bye week on tap.
The highlights from the show:
“He’s doing better. He was out there last night without his knee brace… he had his brace on, but he didn’t have the one that reduces his mobility. He was out there and he was throwing the ball some.
“I think by the end of the week, he’ll be out there and throwing it in practice with us. That type of injury is all based on flexibility and the strength that he can get and how fast he can get it back.”
“At the latter part of the week last week, he didn’t have enough of it. We didn’t feel good. Because of the youth and his career, we want to make sure he’s full speed, feels comfortable – both physically and mentally – before we put him back out there. But we’re thinking he should be back out later in the week.”
On Joseph Randle’s performance againstTexas, prompted by host Eddie George’s ravings about the OSU tailback and his position coach, Jemal Singleton:
“Our running back coach Jemal Singleton is an Air Force graduate. He went to the Academy, he coached at the Academy. They’re old-school running back style. When we hired him, he’s been here now two years, a lot of people wondered why we hired a guy from the wishbone to be in a spread offense, but he’s very intelligent. And he understands toughness. That’s the way we wanted our running backs to compete. Even though we’re a spread team, we wanted them to run through people. We talk about always getting our foot stuck in the ground and getting going north and south.
“Joseph played with some fire and had that look in his eye. We actually had a conversation with him last night, that’s the way he has to play ever game. It’sTexasand it’s national TV and everybody’s watching you, but the good players, the one’s who really want to make a difference, they have to do it against every team we play each week. You’ve got to find a way to motivate yourself.
“I’m hoping that’s the future for Joseph. Being the coach and standing there watching him, I was impressed with him and his ability to run through people and keep his legs moving and take care of the football.”
On the strength of the Big 12:
“I think what we’re all going to find out is that the stock market for college football and the Big 12 Conference is going to go through the roof. It’s going to be miserable for the coaches for the coaches from this point on. And it’s going to be unbelievably exciting for the fans and the media and the television people.
“Whoever playsOklahomaStatenext plays a team that’s 2-2 and is not ranked. We’re a pretty good football team. I’m not saying we’re as far along as we were last year, but we’re not a bad football team.
“You have the schools that have been traditionally very good over the last four or five years. For example, Baylor, they’re a team that’s putting up a number of points each week. If you just look at the history of college football and how teams play, once you get into the fourth or fifth game of the year, if you’re playing an offensive team, even though their nonconference schedule may not be what people think is up to par, if they’re putting up 40 and 50 points a game, they’re probably pretty good on offense. That’s what you’re dealing with in this league. You’re dealing with teams that can score 40 and 50 points a game. And if you’re not careful, you don’t play well and turn it over, they can score 40 on you that week.”
On the approach to another open week:
“Most coaches would want one after the fourth game and one after the seventh or eighth game. It kind of fell unusually close for us. What we have to do, our coaches have to get on the road recruiting at the end of the week and solidify things in that area, because these guys have played five or six games now in high school.
“Our coaching philosophy has always been that we want our team to be mentally and physically refreshed and can recover. So we get three good workouts in this week and we let them go. We want to keep their legs fresh for this next six-week run.”
On the mood of the program:
“There’s no concern. We feel really good about our players. As a coaching staff, we can only ask them to give us what they have. When they do, sometimes the scoreboard’s not the real indicator of what the players did for us. We want to win them all, but we’re certainly proud of their effort and we’re encouraged with where we are right now.”