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How OSU play-caller Todd Monken copes with the urge to score every time

WELCOME TO MY WORLD – OSU offensive coordinator Todd Monken talks about the psychology of wanting to score every time the Cowboys get the ball.
By GINA MIZELL, Staff Writer, Published: September 23, 2011

A big question was whether the OSU offense would be as prolific under Todd Monken, who replaced Dana Holgorsen as offensive coordinator. So far, not much has changed. The Cowboys rank second in the nation in total offense with 601 yards per game.

Monken talked with The Oklahoman about his approach in the coaching booth and the lofty expectations that come with calling the plays for a high-powered offense:

What's going through my head up in the booth is, “Don't screw it up.” You develop a plan, and then the biggest thing you've got to be careful of is to not go away from it. You spent all week developing what you thought you were going to do against an opponent. Sure, they change, but you don't want to just overact with what you do.

The hard part, even with our guys... you get this overriding cloud that you've got to score every time you have it and that nothing will be good enough. You can't just let that just overtake you. At times you feel like, “Damn it,” and then you look at the halftime (stats), and you're like, “Well, three out of six times we scored.”

You've just got to be careful to (not think)… “we're not a success unless we have 600 yards and we score 50 points.” That's ridiculous.

By Gina Mizell


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