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OSU coach Mike Gundy: Scholarship limits, spread offenses have leveled playing field in football

BY MIKE BALDWIN, Staff Writer, Modified: November 1, 2010 at 2:11 pm •  Published: November 1, 2010

Baylor features one of the nation's top players. Quarterback Robert Griffin ranks third nationally in total offense, averaging 333.6 yards -- 288.0 passing and 53.6 rushing.

"I'm going to guess if there are coaching staffs across the country that are picking quarterbacks he'd be a pretty high-round pick to be a part of their team," Gundy said. "He's definitely a guy who is worthy of big-time consideration for Player of the Year in this league."

Earlier in his career Griffin was known more for his running before suffering a knee injury last season. Now he's a viable dual-threat.

"He has the ability to take off and make big plays," Gundy said. "He's very elusive. He gives ground and can run around defensive ends. In my opinion where he's really improved is throwing the ball which is where he's more effective."

OSU counters with quarterback Brandon Weeden, who Gundy said has matured his first year as a starter.

"He's continued to grow in our offense and has a comfort zone in our system, handling pressure and blitz considerably better than he did even a month ago," Gundy said. "He's really getting a good feel how to handle those things and find a weakness in a defense and take advantage of it."

The Cowboys get back wide receiver Justin Blackmon, who was suspended for last week's game. Gundy said it was encouraging his team won at Kansas State without one of the nation's top receivers.

"Our ability to run the ball has helped us considerably," Gundy said. "And we had some other guys make plays. Bo Bowling made some plays. Isaiah Anderson made some plays. We have some maturity in our organization. I was proud of our other players for finding a way to step up and win the football game."