“His personality, his ability, what he's given to this team and how he's developed,” Gundy said, “I wouldn't trade him for anybody in the country. After watching him in the spring, I think he'll play this game for a long time out because he's put together to do it. And he's bought in and he's willing to play with pain and do all the things it takes to be a good quarterback.”
YOUNG HIGH ON D-LINE
OSU's depth chart at defensive tackle doesn't offer much in the way of experience.
Nigel Nicholas, a junior, projects to be a full-time starter for the first time, and he'll be flanked by redshirt freshman Christian Littlehead. The backups are true freshman James Castleman and sophomore Anthony Rogers.
Still, defensive coordinator Bill Young said his expectations are high.
“I think we're going to be a lot more sound than we were a year ago,” Young said. “Assignment wise, our players know more about what they're doing.
“We have some young guys, but they were in the system and we feel good about them, especially the first unit. The second unit, they're getting better every day.”
OPPONENT WATCH: QB CONTROVERSY AT LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE?
Little more than a week away from its opener at OSU, Louisiana-Lafayette hasn't settled its quarterback position.
The Ragin' Cajuns returned a two-year starter in Chris Masson, but new coach Mark Hudspeth is also considering junior Blaine Gautier. Both quarterbacks played against the Cowboys a year ago, with Masson throwing for 308 yards and two touchdowns, with an interception, in a wild 54-28 OSU win.
Hudspeth has said he might wait until game day to reveal the starter.
“I've heard he's gonna announce it at kickoff or whatever,” Masson told reporters in Lafayette. “I don't know. I don't know if he'll do that. I think he's exaggerating a little bit there.
“But I think he's gonna hold out, and continue to let us get better from competing against each other.”