OSU notebook: Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen preparing for everything

The Bulldogs will be ready for both quarterbacks, Clint Chelf and J.W. Walsh.
by Berry Tramel and John Helsley Published: August 28, 2013

photo - OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY / OSU / COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Oklahoma State quarterback J.W. Walsh throws a pass during the first full pad practice of the fall on August 6, 2013. Photo by KT King/ for The Oklahoman
OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY / OSU / COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Oklahoma State quarterback J.W. Walsh throws a pass during the first full pad practice of the fall on August 6, 2013. Photo by KT King/ for The Oklahoman

“We've got another one coming,” Bean said, “waiting for him to get on the field and step up, too.”

QUOTABLE

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?

Competition.

“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


by Berry Tramel
Columnist
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
+ show more

by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
+ show more


Trending Now


AROUND THE WEB

  1. 1
    Rock band mistaken for terrorist group
  2. 2
    Dogs now allowed in this state's eateries
  3. 3
    This Is How The Rest Of The World Eats Corn On The Cob
  4. 4
    Tourists flock to Colorado to smoke legal weed
  5. 5
    College Freshman Impaled In The Neck By Golf Club In Frat House 'Freak Accident'
+ show more