OSU football notebook: Revolving QBs new for offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich

by Gina Mizell Published: October 22, 2013

Oklahoma State has gotten plenty used to quarterback switches, as the Cowboys needed three starters last season as part of an injury-driven carousel at the position.

But this is new territory for first-year offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich.

“No. I never have (been in this situation),” Yurcich said. “But we feel we have two good quarterbacks and we need to make sure we're doing what we can to help them improve and get them playing at a high level.

“It starts with ball security. That is something we must have. We preach it and work on it every day in practice. It's about getting the ball to our playmakers and creating space for them.”

Yurcich certainly didn't need to worry about making a performance-based change at the position last season at Shippensburg, as Zach Zulli was arguably the best small-school player in the country. He won the Harlon Hill Trophy, Division II's equivalent of the Heisman, after racking up 4,747 passing yards, 54 touchdowns and 10 interceptions to go along with 224 rushing yards and two scores.

SHAMIEL GARY UNDERRATED ON OSU DEFENSE

Plenty of the usual suspects made plays for the OSU defense Saturday against TCU.

Linebacker Caleb Lavey collected five tackles, a fumble recovery and an interception. Free safety Daytawion Lowe led the team with six tackles and snagged a pick. Defensive end Tyler Johnson tallied three tackles for loss, a forced fumble and a sack. Cornerback Justin Gilbert finished with five tackles and an interception.

Yet strong safety Shamiel Gary was named the game's defensive MVP after totaling five tackles — all solo — and three pass breakups. It was the latest effort in a season where Gary could be regarded as one of the Cowboys' most improved and most underrated players.

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by Gina Mizell
OSU Sports Reporter
Gina Mizell joined The Oklahoman in August of 2011 as the Oklahoma State beat writer, where she covered the Cowboys' historic run to the Big 12 championship and Fiesta Bowl in her first season on the job. Before arriving in Stillwater, Gina was...
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