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OSU football notebook: Cowboys coach Mike Gundy praises team demeanor, chemistry

BY GINA MIZELL, Staff Writer, gmizell@opubco.com Published: November 15, 2011
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Every week, the Oklahoma State players and coaches get asked about the pressure that comes with climbing the BCS standings and now being two wins away from clinching a spot in the national championship game.


But the general vibe coming from the players is a relaxed one, and that showed last week when the Cowboys routed Texas Tech 66-6 in their first game as the No. 2 team in the nation.

Is coach Mike Gundy worried that his players are maybe a little too loose?

“I've had concerns about it at times,” Gundy said. “And then you get to a certain point and you have to let it go. You have to let them play. You have to let them be who they are.

“You can't change the temperament or chemistry of a team, and I think you see that in all sports, at all levels. You look at teams that have traditionally been very good at our level, or you look at NFL teams that were really, really good, and this year, they can't win any games, well, that's because of the chemistry of their team.”

MONKEN NOT CAUGHT UP IN HEISMAN HYPE

There has been lots of chatter about OSU quarterback Brandon Weeden's sudden rise in the Heisman race since late Saturday night, after Weeden threw for 423 yards and five touchdowns in less than three quarters at Texas Tech and Andrew Luck tossed two interceptions and lost a fumble in Stanford's loss to Oregon.

But don't include OSU offensive coordinator Todd Monken as someone who is getting caught up in the Heisman hype.

When asked about Weeden's place in the discussion and why he's jumped to the forefront, Monken said, “I don't know.”

“I'd guess they'd be the same people that didn't have him up there a week ago,” Monken said. “Just a week ago, he was a distant afterthought. Then someone (Luck) lost, and all of a sudden they're not good enough anymore? That's ridiculous.”

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