Of Oklahoma State’s 69 plays on offense Saturday night against Florida State, only eight ended with quarterback J.W. Walsh completing a pass to a wide receiver.
“Coaches are going to call the game and they’re going to do what they think is best,” wide receiver David Glidden said. “It’s our job to go out there and execute it.”
With the distribution of touches heavily favoring running backs, one might think it could bother Glidden. Especially since the junior is expected to play a larger role in the Cowboys’ offense this season with the departure of Josh Stewart.
But when asked Monday about the play calling against FSU, Glidden explained why it doesn’t bother him a bit.
“Zone read? That means I get to go block somebody. I get to go hit somebody in the mouth,” Glidden said. “That’s fine with me. A lot of guys kind of overlook that part of the game … to me that’s a fun part of the game.”
Offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich says Glidden’s attitude is shared by his teammates in the position group.
“Our players understand the team concept and they understand that their ability to block on the perimeter is going to help them down the field in play-action pass,” Yurcich said. “We have a team unit. We have unselfish players. So I don’t worry about that at all.”
TYREEK HILL TALKS EDUCATION, PLAYING STYLE
So much has been discussed and analyzed when it comes to Tyreek Hill the football player.
Tuesday, we learned a bit more about Tyreek Hill the student.
The Oklahoma State multipurpose back was interviewed in an athletic department release and was asked what he’d like to accomplish in college.
“My goal is to graduate,” Hill said. “I’ll be the first one to graduate in my family.”
Hill, an education major, grew up in Pearson, Ga., about 60 miles north of the Florida line. He then spent two seasons at Garden City Community College in Kansas before suiting up for the Cowboys.
First-year Cowboys are off limits to the media, per team rules. But after Hill’s 278 all-purpose yards Saturday against Florida State, OSU coach Mike Gundy decided to let the world know Hill’s thoughts on a number of different subjects.
On why Hill chose to sign with Oklahoma State: “Fast-paced offense. Like, I’m a fast guy.”
On the transition to playing for the Cowboys: “Being from a small town, you’re not used to seeing big environments.”
On how rushing in the Big 12 is much different than junior college: “Here, you gotta go on through it, or the hole will like close fast.”
On Hill’s strengths: “My speed, my physicality and my toughness to be this small.”
On the effect Hill’s educational goals have on others: “I can be a role model … to younger ones.”
COWBOYS RECEIVE VOTES IN POLLS
Gundy said Monday at a press conference that despite the loss to FSU, the Cowboys gained some momentum toward the future. But it wasn’t enough for a spot in either the coaches or AP top 25 polls released Tuesday.
A rundown of where the Big 12 stands in both polls:
Coaches Poll: No. 3: Oklahoma (1-0); No. 9: Baylor (1-0); No. 20: Kansas State (1-0); No. 25: Texas (1-0). Oklahoma State (0-1), TCU and West Virginia received votes.
AP poll: No. 4: Oklahoma, No. 10: Baylor, No. 20: Kansas State. Texas, OSU, TCU, Texas Tech and West Virginia received votes.