Oklahoma State football: Mike Gundy highlights potential breakout players

by Gina Mizell Published: August 24, 2013
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photo - Oklahoma State University football coach Mike Gundy addresses the media at the beginning of the Big 12 Conference Football Media Days Monday, July 22, 2013 in Dallas.  (AP Photo/Tim Sharp) ORG XMIT: TXTS103
Oklahoma State University football coach Mike Gundy addresses the media at the beginning of the Big 12 Conference Football Media Days Monday, July 22, 2013 in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tim Sharp) ORG XMIT: TXTS103

GUNDY: OUTSIDERS TOLD GILBERT TO MAKE SURE HE ‘PROTECTED HIMSELF' LAST SEASON

When discussing the disappointing season OSU cornerback Justin Gilbert had in 2012, Gundy has often mentioned that he believes Gilbert was sometimes listening to the wrong people — people outside of the Cowboy program.

Thursday, Gundy went a bit further.

“Last year there were people outside our program that told him if he protected himself, he'd be a first-round pick (in the NFL Draft),” Gundy said. “And he believed it. I think he figured out that didn't work very well.”

“Protected himself,” seems to imply making sure to not get injured. But when Gundy was asked to clarify, the coach instead used that as a segue to continue talking about the negative impact those outsiders can have on players.

“They tell them one thing, and they don't really have a clue what they're talking about,” Gundy said. “That's just my opinion. I don't know of any of that to be true. I've seen it for years and years and years.

“I didn't have any other explanation for (him) not playing very well. Justin's a smart kid and I think he understands that and is excited about playing this year and helping our team and maybe (continuing) to play in years to come.”

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YURCICH GETS AN UNEXPECTED VISITOR

Mike Yurcich arrived in Stillwater more than six months ago, which means the new Cowboy offensive coordinator and his family have now had ample time to settle in Stillwater.

What's one thing about the town he knows now that he didn't in February?

“The spiders here are just huge,” he said. “I opened the door the other day and boom — I thought it was a tarantula, it might have been — came rolling in. We whacked it with a shoe.

“That's the biggest spider I've ever seen.”

by Gina Mizell
OSU Sports Reporter
Gina Mizell joined The Oklahoman in August of 2011 as the Oklahoma State beat writer, where she covered the Cowboys' historic run to the Big 12 championship and Fiesta Bowl in her first season on the job. Before arriving in Stillwater, Gina was...
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