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OSU football coach Mike Gundy: With freshman QB, Cowboys will lean on veterans for leadership

by Jason Kersey Published: July 24, 2012

/articleid/3695084/1/pictures/1781746">Photo - West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith, left,  answers questions at NCAA college football Big 12 Media Days, Tuesday, July 24, 2012, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Matt Strasen)
West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith, left, answers questions at NCAA college football Big 12 Media Days, Tuesday, July 24, 2012, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Matt Strasen)

“Wes has to understand his role. He can't put a lot of pressure on himself. Our defense has to pick up where they left off last year. There's a number of those guys who are back and understand the importance of forcing turnovers.

“I feel better now about our defense than since I've been head coach.”

On how he's built the OSU program:

“Our facilities gave us a chance a number of years ago. We've had tremendous continuity with our coaching staff. We had a plan and were able to stick with it, particularly with recruiting and how we wanted to approach it. We try to be very detailed in how they fit into our style of play and what kind of character they have. In sustaining it, it comes down to recruiting and having quality people in our program.”

On former OSU receiver Dez Bryant and his recent legal problems:

“Dez, we all know is an unbeliveable talent. He's making strides to do the right thing. I only know what I saw on the news.

“It saddens me to hear negative things come out about Dez. Hopefully he can get it together.

“When he was at Oklahoma State, we were with him all the time and never had any issues with him. It worked out well for us. Hopefully he can get back to that trend in the NFL.”

On accepting transfers in the aftermath of the Penn State situation:

“There's a lot to digest. So much information has come out in the last 24 hours.

“We have not had a lot of success with players that have transferred. The majority of our success has come from guys that have developed in our program.

“My comment would be that I think we have to take a look at everything that's going on. It's a long ways over there. It's not like they're a four-hour car drive from where we are.

“It's not a priority for us right now. But if there were some interest out there, I would think, just like any other business or football team, you would look at it.”

On running back Joseph Randle:

“Joseph has established himself as a dominant back in this league.

“He's been involved with Oklahoma State now for three years. We have a certain way we like to carry ourselves. We talk about team being first. I'm confident Joe will handle (his success) the right way. If not, things can go the other direction.”

On how far OSU football has come:

“Five, six years ago, when I was at these meetings saying our goal was to win a Big 12 Championship and play for a national champion, there was a small percentage of people who believed that, and those people were probably wearing orange.”

by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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