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OSU notebook: Mike Yurcich welcomes input from Mike Gundy

As a former offensive coordinator, Gundy is obviously a valuable resource for Yurcich.
BY GINA MIZELL, Staff Writer, gmizell@opubco.com Published: October 17, 2013

A mobile quarterback like TCU's Trevone Boykin means members of the OSU front seven — a defensive end or linebacker, usually — will be responsible to “contain” Boykin, or keep him from breaking a big run to the outside.

What about the defensive backs? Their job, especially when playing man coverage, doesn't change: Stay with the receiver.

“When I see a defensive back break out of coverage to tackle the quarterback, I always wonder how he was able to see the quarterback break contain while paying attention to his man,” cornerbacks coach Van Malone said. “We always have someone responsible for the quarterback.

“When the defensive back is sure the quarterback is crossing the line of scrimmage, then go get him.”

OPPONENT WATCH: DON'T EXPECT A QB SWITCH

When an offense struggles like TCU's has, outsiders often clamor for a change at quarterback.

But Horned Frogs coach Gary Patterson is not about to pull the plug on Boykin and switch to redshirt freshman Tyler Matthews.

“You don't put people in situations they're not ready for,” Patterson said. “Everybody has answers. The key is when he goes in he needs to play well because if not, you can break a kid's confidence when they're a freshman and you never get it back.

“You've got to understand there's a maturity factor, and there's a lot more at risk any time you put a freshman or redshirt freshman in a ballgame. If bad things happen to him you can ruin them for four years.”

TCU's starter, Casey Pachall, is still nursing a broken arm.