BY GINA MIZELL, Staff Writer, firstname.lastname@example.org
GUNDY CONFIDENT TRACY MOORE ‘WILL START TO SHOW UP'
When Tracy Moore sustained a season-ending ankle injury last October, Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said that the Cowboys had lost their second-best offensive player.
After a medical redshirt, Moore is healthy and back on the field for his second go-round of his senior season. But so far, he's off to a slow start statistically, by his standards, ranking fifth on the team with seven catches for 77 yards and zero touchdowns.
Gundy said Moore hasn't severely underperformed, however.
“He has maybe one or two drops,” Gundy said. “But he blocked well down the field and he will start to show up. It's just a matter of time.”
How much does Moore's lack of early production have to do with OSU's deep receiving corps, where veterans Josh Stewart (12 catches, 185 yards, one touchdown) and Charlie Moore (11 catches, 109 yards, one touchdown) have been steady and youngsters Jhajuan Seales (11 catches, 123 yards, one touchdown) and Marcell Ateman (eight catches, 92 yards) have emerged?
“Maybe not as much that as just the other team has to play a certain way,” Gundy said. “They can play run or play pass, and if they want to play pass, they can certainly try to take somebody out of the game. I think they have kind of leaned heavy on him at times.”
GUNDY NOT READY TO ASSESS WEST VIRGINIA OFFENSE
As of Sunday evening, Gundy had only seen the score and some highlights of Maryland's 37-0 shutout of the Cowboys' next opponent, West Virginia. He plans to watch the film of that game Monday morning.
Because he hadn't dissected that tape, Gundy said he could not assess or offer a reason for the struggles of the Mountaineers' offense this season under Dana Holgorsen, the man who installed the Air Raid spread system at OSU before moving on to Morgantown.
The Mountaineers, who are attempting to replace former stars Geno Smith, Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey, currently rank 108th in the nation in scoring offense (18 points per game), 73rd in the nation in total offense (393.8 yards per game) and are tied for 120th out of 123 teams with 12 turnovers lost.
“I guess, at any time, anybody probably has the capability of not playing as well on offense as they would want to,” Gundy said.