The Oklahoman's OSU beat writer Gina Mizell took questions from readers in today's Power Lunch Chat. Read the complete transcript here. Join our Power Lunch Chats Monday-Friday at 11 a.m.
What are the redshirt rules? Did anyone lose their ability to redshirt this year by playing against Savannah State?
Nine true freshmen played--Lunt, Curry, Hays, Webb, Lampkin, Peterson, Clark, Muncrief, Sheperd. And they're expected to have a role the entire season. So no redshirt for them.
Any word on the Arizona game getting picked up by a local cable provider?
Not yet. I know Cox is working to do that. Last week, the SSU game wasn't announced until Wednesday. I see it going down to the wire again. As of now, I won't get to see the game on my Uverse TV.
What will the biggest test be for the Cowboys as they face Arizona?
Facing this RichRod spread offense. This isn't the same scheme we saw the past two years with Nick Foles. New QB Matt Scott is a dual-threat, and actually does have some experience from a few seasons ago when he filled in for Foles when he was injured. The scoreboard doesn't indicate how many yards this offense rolled up against Toledo--624. Everyone has talked up this OSU defense as being the best of the Gundy era. This will be an early test to prove it.
Since nearly everyone played against Savannah State, who amongst the younger players impressed you the most? Any changes in the depth chart going forward?
Austin Hays at WR. An unheralded guy--a late signee--who led the team in receiving yards. He was very steady during fall camp and will remain in the rotation. On defense, I really like young linebackers Ryan Simmons and Lyndell Johnson. Simmons has been platooning at MLB with Caleb Lavey, and Johnson is a speedy, athletic playmaker. His sack and interception showed that.
What was your biggest takeaway from SSU game? I know they were very overmatched, but the efficiency of the first team was impressive.
I think the most beneficial thing was that Glenn Spencer and the defensive staff got to figure out how to compensate without Bill Young. Last week and Saturday was a bit of a test run, and things should go even more smoothly this week. Spencer said the most important thing is that his defensive play calls will need to be much quicker because of Arizona's up-tempo offense.