MISSISSIPPI STATE'S MULLEN PREPARING FOR EVERYTHING
Like everyone beyond the Cowboys' inner circle, Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen is trying to ponder the possibilities at quarterback for OSU.
Mike Gundy has said both Clint Chelf and J.W. Walsh will play and that neither should be considered the backup, lending to many scenarios.
Still, Mullen said preparing for both doesn't mean preparing for two different offenses.
“You gotta be ready,” Mullen said. “For them, one is a little bit more of a runner (Walsh), the other (Chelf) is a little more of a passer. But to me, when you look at their two quarterbacks, they're not a runner and a passer. They both do each well.
“One's probably a little stronger in each category than the other. But you wouldn't classify them as purely runner and purely passer.
“With that being said, I don't think they're going to run a different offense with those guys, just a little different flavor, depending on who's in the game and how those guys execute it.”
GUYER PIPELINE KEEPS PRODUCING
First, it was Josh Stewart.
Then J.W. Walsh joined in.
Now it's Jimmy Bean's turn, with many suggesting the sophomore defensive end is ready for a breakout season, joining his former Texas high school teammates at Denton's Guyer High School as key Cowboys components.
“I've just been waiting,” Bean said. “I'm anxious; anxious to get on the field.”
Bean said it won't stop with him, either, suggesting linebacker Dominic Ramacher won't be far behind in producing in the Guyer Gang.
“We've got another one coming,” Bean said, “waiting for him to get on the field and step up, too.”
Mullen on the matchup of MSU's rebuilt secondary vs. OSU's passing attack:
“As young players, they're excited for the challenge. They've been told and heard all summer, they're guys that have big shoes to fill and where the mismatch is for Oklahoma State. I hope they take that challenge and respond well to it Saturday.”
PRESEASON DRAWS HIGH GRADES
Talk around the Cowboys is that the team enjoyed one of its most productive, consistent preseasons in recent memory.
What made it so?
“This camp was probably one of the best I've been a part of, other than the year Weeden was here and we won the Fiesta Bowl,” said Cowboys running back Jeremy Smith. “But man, when I say there are competitors out there, there are true competitors on this team.”
Smith said he saw it across the squad and also in his position group, where Desmond Roland, Caleb Muncrief and true freshmen Corion Webster and Rennie Childs are all in the mix for playing time.
“Dez is coming along really good,” Smith said. “He's a backup now and he has to be ready. And he's going to do good. These freshmen are coming along. I have to stay on them. Coach does, too. But they're actually good.”
Tracy Moore said he's witnessed the same at the receiver spots, where a core of veterans is being pushed by the next wave.
“The younger guys are definitely committed,” Moore said. “They accept coaching, even from players like me. They don't talk back. They want to learn. They want to be better. They want to be good.”
BY JOHN HELSLEY AND BERRY TRAMEL