STILLWATER — Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy has yet to announce who will call offensive plays this season. That doesn't mean Gundy doesn't know who will call plays. It might just be a little bit of strategy.
Or at least a way to force the Washington State coaches to waste some time in film study. Had Gundy announced 10 days ago who was going to call plays — as he originally said he wanted to do — the WSU coaching staff could focus their efforts. For instance, if Gundy was going to be the play-caller, the Cougars would delve into analyzing his tendencies in down-and-distance situations and his preferred plays from last year's Insight Bowl. Or, they could even study his trends as the primary play-caller in Les Miles' tenure at OSU. If Gundy had announced that co-offensive coordinator Gunter Brewer was going to call the plays, the WSU staff might not look so closely at those tendencies. But they might study former offensive coordinator Larry Fedora's game management, since Brewer studied under Fedora the last three seasons. It might not seem like an impactful strategy for Gundy, but it at least would work to even the field a little bit, considering OSU is playing the same guessing game trying to figure out what the first-year Cougar coaching staff is going to do. When he addressed the topic in the summer, Gundy seemed to favor handing off play-calling to Brewer, but he hasn't leaned one way or the other during camp.
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OSU coach Mike Gundy isn't saying who'll be calling the plays against Washington State. By MATT STRASEN, THE OKLAHOMAN