New Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich has been lauded for the crazy numbers the offenses at Shippensburg put up under his direction. He's been credited with speeding up the tempo even more at OSU.
Yet at Sunday's Oklahoma City Caravan stop, OSU coach Mike Gundy praised Yurcich's demeanor while adjusting to the Cowboy program.
“He allowed Clint (Chelf) and J.W. (Walsh) — and at that time, Wes (Lunt) — to teach him the offense,” Gundy said, “which is the same thing Brandon Weeden did with Todd Monken. It's important to bring a guy in that's willing to sit back and listen and learn.
“He's in a tough situation, coming into a program that's been in the top 10 in the country in offense (five of the last six) years. That's a lot of pressure, and he's handled it really well.”
GUNDY LOOKING FOR YOUNG RUNNING BACKS TO EMERGE
Jeremy Smith is primed to be the Cowboys' No. 1 running back in 2013, bringing skill, experience and more than 1,400 yards of production into his senior season.
Behind Smith are two players with little meaningful game experience in Desmond Roland and Caleb Muncrief and two incoming freshmen in Corion Webster and Rennie Childs.
Gundy is looking for two of those players to emerge during fall camp.
“Between those four guys, we need to come up with two,” Gundy said. “If for some reason we don't feel comfortable with another guy … then we use (Nos.) 44 and 9 — (fullbacks Jeremy) Seaton and Kye Staley — a little bit more in our offense.”
DAVID GLIDDEN DISSECTS FRESHMAN RECEIVERS
Even in a deep OSU receiving corps, true freshmen Marcell Ateman and Ra'Shaad Samples are expected to immediately get in the mix for playing time.
And sophomore David Glidden likes what he's seen so far from his newest teammates.
“They're different styles of receivers, for sure,” Glidden said. “But they both get the job done in their own way. Samples is definitely more of a Josh (Stewart) or (my) style of receiver (in the slot), but he is at outside receiver playing some, too.
“And Marcell is definitely a jump ball kind of guy. He will get up there and he'll just pluck it right out of the air.”