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Oklahoma State football: Mike Gundy is causing a lot of confusion in Dixie

We have no idea what Gundy will do, and we've spent a fair number of seasons trying to decipher his double talk.
by Berry Tramel Published: August 25, 2013

It's not like Gundy is trumpeting a Wes Lunt/Chelf platoon. The Chelf and Walsh molds are nothing alike.

“Two different players,” Gundy said.

But Gundy said it might not matter to Mississippi State. The Bulldogs last season played mostly man-to-man pass coverage. Overload the line of scrimmage and give the defensive backs responsibility of single coverage.

When that's your defensive philosophy, offensive formations and styles don't matter as much. Just win your individual matchup.

Of course, Mississippi State did that with two cornerbacks, Johnthan Banks and Darius Slay, who each were picked in the second round of the NFL Draft.

Man-to-man works well with seasoned and great players. Not so much with greener and less talented DBs.

So it's a chess game. Does Mississippi State prepare for the offense brought in by Dana Holgorsen and quarterbacked to great heights by Brandon Weeden, an offense so good that it didn't miss a beat last season despite repeated quarterback injuries?

“We've got two good players and we'll play ‘em both,” Gundy said. “Each one brings a little something different to the table.”

And down in Starkville, Geoff Collins' nights just got a little shorter thanks to the coach who said he wouldn't talk but is doing just that.

Berry Tramel: Berry can be reached at (405) 760-8080 or at He can be heard Monday through Friday from 4:40-5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal radio network, including FM-98.1. You can also view his personality page at

by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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