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Numbers look good, but Gundy says Cowboys can be better up front
Line's share of credit

By Scott Wright Modified: September 15, 2008 at 7:13 am •  Published: September 15, 2008
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STILLWATER — Head coach Mike Gundy said Sunday that through the season's first three games, Oklahoma State's offensive line has played "average at best.”

Not bad for a team on pace to rush for 4,000 yards.

Oklahoma State's rushing total of 1,003 yards ranks third nationally behind Navy and Air Force, which makes the Cowboys No. 1 nationally among teams that don't run the triple-option.

On Sunday, though, Gundy was turning attention away from his blockers, who less than a week ago were drawing their coach's praise for a total of 89 knockdown blocks on Sept. 6 against Houston.

"We have some pretty good skill players that make people miss,” Gundy said a day after his offense posted 450 rushing yards, the sixth-best total in school history, in a 57-13 rout of Missouri State.

So Gundy's "average-at-best” talk sounds more like a motivational ploy than his true opinion. He doesn't want them to gain even a hint of complacency when they see all the statistics or watch their dominating performances in the film room.

"If they continue to work hard and improve, they can be a pretty good line,” Gundy said.

If they continue to improve, OSU's offensive line could be one of the best in the country.

It's already one of the Big 12 Conference's best, anchored by left tackle Russell Okung, who has NFL written all over him.

At 6-foot-5, 310 pounds, Okung has the body and ability to be a first-round draft choice.

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OSU's Kendall Hunter, center, cuts in while Brady Bond, left, trails on Saturday. Hunter is fourth nationally in rushing yards per game behind the Cowboys' strong offensive line. by Doug Hoke, THE OKLAHOMAN

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