The Oklahoman's Gina Mizell took questions from readers in today's OSU Power Lunch Chat. You can read the complete transcript here. Join our Power Lunch Chats Monday-Friday on NewsOK.com/Sports.
Any news on the OSU recruiting trail?
I saw TONS of visitors on the sideline during pregame warm-ups, but I haven't heard about any commitments as a result. The most interesting prospect to me at this point is Laquon Treadwell, the No. 1 receiver in the nation. He's from Illinois, which is obviously Todd Monken's neck of the woods. But he's got a boatload of offers, and is clearly enjoying the attention of the recruiting process.
I miss Lyndell Johson. Can you make him heal faster?
Haha. Unfortunately, I cannot. I've expressed several times that I think Lyndell Johnson is an athletic stud. He has great lateral speed and athleticism, and excels in pass coverage. He would have been REALLY useful against Arizona...not so much against Texas. I would imagine he'll be back in the next couple weeks, though. That's good news, because OSU will need them against several of these spread teams.
How is Wes Lunt Progressing?
Well, it sounds like. Gundy spoke about this on his Sirius XM radio appearance yesterday, saying he could get back to practice by the end of the week. If he isn't ready for Kansas, I'd expect he'll be back by Iowa State. Seems like it's all going smoothly.
Do you see the Cowboys beating KSU and WVU?
Both of those games will be very, very tough. WVU's offense is just insane, but they likely won't be able to stop OSU, either. K-State obviously plays a completely different style, and that game is on the road. Before the season, I predicted both of those as losses, and I still see it that way. With the parity in the Big 12, though, OSU can definitely win both of those games.
Commentary on Markelle Martin today was on the money. While OSU's corners might have been slightly over-hyped, it seems Martin took a lot of pressure off of them. If that is true, and in your opinion, what is the best way to fix that problem?
That's a great question--something I plan to write about today. The secondary play, and the corners specifically, has been the most surprising (disappointing) development so far in the early season. They're getting beat 1-on-1, getting PI calls and not getting interceptions. I hope to get some insight from Bill Young and those corners this week to see what can be corrected. Maybe they're allowing too much space? They rarely play right up on a receiver.
What was the tone of the crowd after the game? First loss (at home) in a while. I think I read about a full round of applause for the team after the game despite the disappointment?
Yes, standing ovation. Gundy tipped his cap to the crowd Sunday night, and Mack Brown did the same yesterday.