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OSU football: Mike Gundy says J.W. Walsh still getting majority of snaps at quarterback

by Kyle Fredrickson Published: August 7, 2014

Mike Gundy admits he doesn’t know Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher very well, despite a few similarities in their rise to college football coaching prominence.

Gundy is 46. Fisher is 48. Both were former offensive coordinators promoted from within to take head coaching jobs. And before that, each worked as offensive assistants at a number of schools to work their way up the coaching ranks.

“(Fisher) spent a number of years on the other side of the country,” Gundy said. “We don’t really cross paths in recruiting.”

But the two were connected Thursday afternoon, each taking part in a media teleconference to discuss the storylines leading up to Aug. 30, when the Cowboys face the Seminoles at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.

Here are the three biggest takeaways from the call.

Gundy confirmed JW Walsh is getting the most practice repetitions at quarterback. Two days after he said Daxx Garman is preparing to take “10-to-12” snaps against Florida State, the OSU coach gave some insight into how those opportunities are being divided in practice.

“We’ve given JW (Walsh) 50 percent of the reps,” Gundy said. “And then Mason (Rudolph) and Daxx are getting 25 percent each.”

Jimbo Fisher said he’s been keeping tabs on the Cowboys’ quarterback depth chart, with the understanding that more than one could make an appearance in the opener.

“Mike has a lot of options,” Fisher said. “He’s a tremendous quarterback coach himself … Everybody says that’s a problem, not me, that’s a good thing. That means you’ve got three guys who can go out there to play in a game and win the game. So I think you have to know each guy’s strengths when they come in and you have to adjust accordingly.”

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by Kyle Fredrickson
OSU beat writer
Kyle Fredrickson became the Oklahoma State beat writer for The Oklahoman and in July 2014. A native Coloradoan, Fredrickson attended Western State College before transferring to Oklahoma State in 2010 and graduating in 2012. Fredrickson...
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