The Oklahoma State scout team quarterback's job, by definition, is to mimic the tendencies of the signal-caller the Cowboy defense will face in its next game.
Daxx Garman can do more than that this week.
This time last year, Garman was on the Arizona roster, backing up former QB Nick Foles and current starter Matt Scott. Garman transferred to OSU this past spring and will redshirt the 2012 season as he sits out to satisfy NCAA transfer rules.
OSU linebackers coach Glenn Spencer, who again is filling in at defensive coordinator in Bill Young's absence this week, said he's already had a couple meetings with Garman to get some insight.
Since Arizona has a new coaching staff, led by Rich Rodriguez, Garman can't discuss the Wildcats' offensive scheme. But he can assess the UA personnel, most notably the dual-threat Scott.
“He can talk about their athleticism and their personalities a little bit,” Spencer said.
“Schematically, it's so much different, so you really can't go in there and talk scheme with him.
“But, yeah, I've bounced some things off him. And he's shared some insight on some players and what he thought about them athletically and their personalities and if they're tough guys or not, so that was pretty interesting.”
OSU TO DEDICATE WALL IN FOOTBALL FACILITIES TO WALK-ONS
Because of the no-fewer-than 19 non-scholarship players that got in the game for the Cowboys against Savannah State, walk-ons continued to be a popular topic during Monday's media luncheon.
OSU has had some fantastic recent success with players that originally started as walk-ons, including quarterback Brandon Weeden, kicker Dan Bailey, fullback Bryant Ward and receiver Colton Chelf.
And coach Mike Gundy said many of those former walk-ons will soon be honored in the football offices.
Several of the walls in the west end zone of Boone Pickens Stadium are currently covered with “FatHeads” (life-size wall graphics) of Cowboys in the NFL. Gundy said the plan is to reduce the size of those by about 50 percent to make room for photos of former walk-ons — to remind current OSU players that not everybody has their school paid for, and that hard work can eventually pay off.
“It's surprising how many guys we've had that have contributed and done it for free,” Gundy said.
IN OPENER, GUNDY WOULD RATHER HAVE PLAYERS UNDERWORKED
The overwhelming question following Oklahoma State's 84-0 throttling of Savannah State was if the Cowboy starters and backups got enough work to adequately prepare for their first road game at Arizona on Saturday night.
Several first-teamers only played 10-20 snaps. Before the second quarter began, the score was already 35-0, and the competition level was so low that any additional reps likely wouldn't have been all that beneficial, anyway.
Gundy said Monday that he wished the players in the two-deep would have gotten more quality reps. But for a defense that was on the field 1,089 plays last season and an offense that tallied 989 snaps, Gundy preferred those players to be underworked in their season opener — especially when the field temperature at kickoff was 127 degrees.
“As a coach, you want to get your players enough work to where you feel like they've advanced in different areas and gotten prepared for the next week,” Gundy said. “But you don't want to get them too much work to where they stress their bodies, they stress their legs or could, at times, been vulnerable to some sort of an injury.
“We would have liked to have had more work. It didn't work out that way. But if we had to choose, I would rather have that than have them play 85 or 90 plays in 100-degree weather.”