“I don't really want to take on who's going to take the whole thing. I will say this, as far as similarities as far as what Oklahoma State had last year, everybody knew that it was kind of now-or-never time when you've got Blackmon coming back, you've got Weeden coming back. Everybody kind of had the thought in the back of their mind that, ‘This is the year. If we're ever going to win it, it has to be this year.' I think that's similar to how these guys think here with what they have coming back. We have Geno Smith at quarterback here. Tavon Austin was a really great receiver here. With these guys coming back and what they did last year, there are some similarities.”
You said you hadn't really thought about coaching permanently until DeForest called you. Now that you've been involved for a few months, do you see this as your ultimate career path?
“When this (opportunity) came, and now I've taken the first step into it and been doing it for a few months, it's almost like I was called to do it. You not only have the opportunity to be around a sport that you love, and a lot of people can't say that they can do that. But also, it's amazing the type of impact you have with these guys and just the response I have gotten from these guys when you're just pouring into them every single day. It's just a good platform and a good opportunity for me to not only coach them football, but coach them life. That's what I'm most excited about, because even in the few months I've been up here, there are guys who look up to me already and call big brother and really listen to what I have to say because I played at Oklahoma State. It's been great and I think it's definitely where I'll be going in my future.”
What do you anticipate that Nov. 10 visit to Stillwater will be like?
“I don't know. In one word, it's going to be weird. That's all I can say. When I think about it, it kind of gives me butterflies to think I'm going to be in a different color on a different side of the field. It's going to be weird. I'm excited. I think it'll be real fun. It'll be fun for the guys here, it'll be fun for the coaches there, because everybody's going to know everybody. I think it's going to be a fun game — a lot of similarities on offense and defense.”