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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PN's Mel Kiper currently ranks him as one of the five best junior offensive tackles in the nation.

At the other tackle, junior Brady Bond continues to play better and better. And run blocking is his specialty.

The heart of the line — guards Andrew Lewis and Steve Denning, along with center David Washington — are about as consistent as it gets.

Add to that another NFL first-rounder in tight end Brandon Pettigrew (Kiper has him as the 15th-best player available in next year's draft) and a receiving corps that has contributed to as many big plays with its perimeter blocking as with its pass catching, and it's easy to see why the Cowboys are a run-first offense.

Kendall Hunter is currently fourth nationally with 449 rushing yards per game, even after seeing his day end with 13:59 left on the second-quarter clock Saturday.

The Cowboys have led the Big 12 in rushing the last two seasons, and they look primed to do it again. One-fourth of the way through the season, only Baylor (243.3 yards per game) is within 100 yards of OSU's per-game average of 334.3 yards.

So if this is "average at best,” OSU's opponents better fear the day the offensive line plays better than average.




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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