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 NewOK.com/Sports. Here’s a recap of today’s Q&A:
Do you agree with Jenni Carlson regarding yesterday's assessment of Lunt? Why or why not?
I do agree with a lot of her points. But I think Chelf will be the Cowboys' starter in 2013. If that happens, redshirt Lunt and still give him time to develop and grow. Lunt said two weeks ago that he'd be open to that. Crazy that we could still be talking about Lunt as the starter here in 2016, huh?
I've said this before, but the interesting dynamic of this spring's race is a new set eyeballs working with these guys in Mike Yurcich. He could become enamored with Lunt's arm and demeanor like Gundy and Monken were last year. On the other hand ... Jenni mentioned Lunt practiced better than Chelf, and that's true. But last year, all coaches had to go off was practice. Not anymore. They've got game film and game results. That's my long-winded way of saying Chelf for 2013, Lunt for 2014 and beyond.
Can you compare "expectations" (within the program) this spring vs. the prior two seasons?
The expectation is to challenge for the Big 12 title, so I think that mirrors 2011 more than 2012. Uncertainty at QB always diminishes expectations somewhat. OSU knew it had a stud in Weeden two seasons ago. It knows it has three guys that can play the position this season. The biggest question remains if this defense — particularly the secondary — can improve enough (or return to its opportunistic ways) to put itself in position to win the Big 12. The offensive playmakers are there.
Who will challenge Justin Gilbert for title of "fastest Cowboy" this year?
Caleb Muncrief and Blake Webb were both track stars in high school. Incoming freshman Jerel Morrow is another track guy, but mostly jumps.
Which players seem to have made the most out of offseason strength and conditioning?
I wrote about this Monday — but Gundy always talks about the second offseason, particularly for JC players, being huge for development. So I'd expect guys like Calvin Barnett and Blake Jackson to benefit from a physical and mental standpoint. Wes Lunt continues to get stronger. Same with the sophomore offensive and defensive linemen ... several of those guys have bulked up since the season ended and will be even stronger by August.
Is Gundy on the hot seat after his great 8-5 mark last year?