Oklahoma State football notebook: Trip to Norman new experience for several Cowboys

Coach Mike Gundy doesn't think a rowdy Owen Field crowd will bother OSU, which has played in several other hostile environments
by Gina Mizell Published: November 20, 2012

Saturday's contest against Texas Tech, though, brought multiple changes, with Graham moving from left tackle to right tackle, Devin Davis getting his first-career start at left tackle and Brandon Webb starting for the second consecutive game at left guard.

Of those moves, Webb's insertion into the starting lineup appears to be the most permanent. He replaces Rush, a sixth-year veteran who has battled multiple injuries throughout his career.

“Jonathan Rush has given us a lot, but Jonathan's beat up,” Gundy said. “He's had surgeries. He's beat up, and Webb has performed as good, if not better, at times. And so we've made a switch, and Jon still plays some.”


Against Texas Tech, OSU backup quarterback J.W. Walsh was consistently used in a special package designed for him for short-yardage and goal-line situations for, really, the first time all season.

This week, Walsh and the Cowboys will face an OU squad that features its own running quarterback used in similar situations, Blake Bell.

Bell's package has already earned the nickname the “Belldozer.” So what should the Cowboys call Walsh's set of plays?

The always-candid Todd Monken, the always-candid OSU offensive coordinator, gave two creative answers, and explanations.

“Postage stamp might be it for him,” Monken said. “He's always stuck on the defender. I know he's tough, but I don't think he has to prove that every week by standing straight up and down and getting drilled.

“He's not heavy enough to be a Belldozer. He'd have to be like a Tonka Truck or something, for right now, until he gets his pads down.”

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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