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Oklahoma State football: Cowboys' coaches have become 'schemers'

Mike Gundy and staff adjust game plan to whoever is available. Injuries have dictated what OSU plans each week.
by John Helsley Published: October 28, 2012

“We ran some different plays,” Monken said. “And that's what you have to do, you've got to be creative.

“We've got to find ways to utilize our players.”

Last year was so much simpler, with Brandon Weeden at the controls and Justin Blackmon the focal point for OSU and every opponent, accentuated by the likes of Josh Cooper and a two-pronged running game and more.

“Last year, we had guys bouncing around and it was, ‘Here we go,'” Monken said, rapidly snapping his fingers.

Monken hesitates to point to the injuries as a crutch to this seasons uneven play, although they can't be set aside, either.

“I hate to put it all the way on that. That's not what we do around here,” Monken said. “But we're scrambling to get guys in the right spot that give us the best way to win.”

Monken said the schemers have tossed out all sorts of ideas and possibilities, even considering a return to huddling, in an effort to make sure all the young players understand where they're supposed to be and what they're supposed to do.

“You've got to figure out a way to win,” he said.

Lately, they've been doing that.

Now, can they do it on the road, at No. 3 Kansas State?

The schemers — and that's a compliment — are already fast at work.

“I was told a long time ago, you don't have to be the best team in the country on a given day, you just have to be the best team on the field any given day,” Monken said. “There's a million ways to win a game. Let's just figure that out.

“Let's just go play our butts off at Kansas State and see what happens.”