Gina Mizell: Power Lunch Chat transcript, August 2, 2012

Gina Mizell answered questions from readers in today's Power Lunch Chat. Participate in our Power Lunch Chats Monday-Friday at 11 a.m. at NewsOK.com/sports.
by Gina Mizell Modified: August 2, 2012 at 2:47 pm •  Published: August 2, 2012
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So a redshirt freshman will possibly take over at left tackle? The blind side of a right handed QB ... and a freshman QB at that. Should we be worried?

Any guesses as to who replaces Bowie? My money is on Koenig.

I'm grouping these two together, since they both have to do with Michael Bowie...

As far as being worried...the situation certainly isn't as good as it was two days ago. But Joe Wickline has a way of mixing and matching parts and figuring out a way to make it work. Wick is VERY high on Devin Davis, but you're right, he's just a redshirt freshman. He was listed behind Bowie on the preseason depth chart, but another possibility is moving Parker Graham to left tackle and having Koenig start at right tackle. Moving Koenig to starting LT is an option, too. I'm curious to see how that line looks during practice, because I'm sure they'll try a few different things.

With the sudden loss of depth at tackle, paired with Lunt's inexperience to start the season, do you expect OSU to use Blake Jackson as more of a traditional tight end role to start the season? Possibly to add an extra blocker and give Lunt more time in the pocket?

That is an excellent question. Gundy has said that he wants Jackson to play attached to the line of scrimmage and out at IR, and wants him to block and catch. I know Jackson had an up-and-down spring, which is typical for a JC transfer as they get adjusted to the new system and pace of D-I, Big 12 football. Changing his role a lot might not be the best. But that's something I'll keep and eye on and remember to ask at some point throughout camp.

Talking to coaches and players (on and off the record) what do you think the offensive play calling will look like this year? They all say "same offense" but you can't expect Lunt to be Weeden from Day 1, right?

No, you definitely cannot expect Lunt to be Weeden from Day 1. But he doesn't need to be for this offense to be successful...he needs to be smart and distribute the ball to OSU's playmakers and not turn the ball over. But a huge reason why he was named the starter is because he's the Weeden prototype, which means the scheme of the offense will stay the same. Now, it would be silly not to utilize the running back duo of Randle/Smith...and I would expect the run/pass ratio to be a bit closer to 50/50 than the past two seasons, especially early on while Lunt gets acclimated. But the Cowboys aren't going to change their scheme. They have the right style of QB to run the spread. That's why they recruited him, and that's a big reason why he was named the starter.

How many snaps per game do you think JW Walsh will get?

I don't think the coaches even know quite how they're going to use J.W. yet. But it's just about 100 percent clear that he'll be used in some way. Todd Monken mentioned last week that he's not a big guy like Blake Bell, so using him only in short-yardage and goal-line situations doesn't really seem like the right spot. Do they use him every third series as a change-up QB? Is he a zone-read guy? How much will he throw (because he will throw)? I'm curious to see how his package or role or whatever starts to take shape in the fall.

Chances Joe Mitchell reports today?

Considering he did not transfer, I'd expect him to report today and that it will be business as usual. Everyone I've talked to has said he is staying with the team.

Who do you think Gundy will name as special teams coach?

I blogged about this last night. That's still a bit on a TBD basis, but new graduate assistant Ty Linder will either coordinate "part of it, or all of it," Gundy said. He's waiting to see how the first week or so of practice goes. Linder was a former grad assistant at Texas Tech and worked with special teams. Assistant coaches like Kasey Dunn, Jemal Singleton and Doug Meacham will continue to coach specific special teams groups and will need to shoulder a bit more of that load this season. You can read more about this in the blog.

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by Gina Mizell
OSU Sports Reporter
Gina Mizell joined The Oklahoman in August of 2011 as the Oklahoma State beat writer, where she covered the Cowboys' historic run to the Big 12 championship and Fiesta Bowl in her first season on the job. Before arriving in Stillwater, Gina was...
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