Mike Gundy was a little busy during the bulk of the 25th anniversary celebration of the 1988 Oklahoma State football team. He was coaching the current Cowboys to a 42-6 victory over Kansas.
But after the game, Gundy got to spend time with his old teammates, even making a visit to Eskimo Joe's. He singled out offensive lineman Byron Woodard and running back Gerald Hudson as two former Cowboys he hadn't seen in several years.
“It's important for Oklahoma State to find a way to build tradition here and by bringing back players of great football teams here,” Gundy said on his Sunday evening media teleconference. “Our team's aware of it, and there's so much media coverage nowadays in those situations that I think it's great for Oklahoma State football to get those guys back. It was really nice to see them.”
The Cowboys are still missing three key parts of their receiving corps, as Blake Jackson, Austin Hays and Blake Webb have missed several weeks with unspecified injuries.
With three weeks remaining in the regular season, could we see any of those pass-catchers return?
Gundy is more optimistic about Jackson than Hays and Webb.
“(Hays and Webb), I don't know if we can get them back,” Gundy said. “They've practiced and they're out there, but we don't think they're moving around as well as we would want them to.
“And then we're trying to get Blake (Jackson back). He's a little bit further along than (Hays and Webb), so it would be nice to get him back.”
If any of those players end up missing the rest of the season, Gundy believes they would be eligible to apply for a medical redshirt.
“Those guys haven't played enough snaps to count for a year (of eligibility),” he said.
Jackson has played in four games this season, making six catches for 98 yards and two touchdowns. Webb has two catches for 26 yards and a score in three games, while Hays has one catch for eight yards in one game.
Tracy Moore on the stakes of the Cowboys' final three games against Texas, Baylor and Oklahoma: “This is what I came back for. I didn't come back to go to the Heart of Dallas Bowl or nothing like that. I came back to win the Big 12 championship, and we control our own destiny.”