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OSU notebook: Weeden accepts bad with good

BY JOHN HELSLEY, Staff Writer, Published: September 5, 2011

“I would say that most coaches on a quick turnaround worry about the fatigue of their players and whether they are going to play with a lot of energy,” Gundy said. “I would hope that our preseason plan would allow us to do that. I hope the maturity of our team will come forth and we'll be to play a great game on Thursday night.”


While Wildcats wideout Juron Criner grabs much of the attention, for good reason as a projected high NFL draft pick, there's more to the passing game that concerns OSU defensive coordinator Bill Young.

In Arizona's opening 41-10 win over Northern Arizona, quarterback Nick Foles threw touchdown passes to five receivers. Six players totaled at least four receptions, including Dan Buckner, a former Texas Longhorns standout.

“They've got a whole stable of people,” Young said. “They'll throw to the tight end. They'll throw to the running backs a lot.

“We've got our hands full.”


Boone Pickens Stadium has undergone quite a face-lift since the last time Mike Stoops visited with the Oklahoma Sooners in 2002.

Still, he figures one thing hasn't changed.

“Their fans are unmerciful, and they're close to you,” Stoops said. “That's the one thing I do know.”


OSU and Arizona are already scheduled to meet in 2012, in Tucson, as the return game in a home-and-home series.

The date, currently Sept. 8, might be subject to change. By next fall, it could be a conference game, if talk of OSU and others joining a Pac-16 moves from rumor to reality.

The Cowboys are aware of the talk, yet say they are not at all focused on it.

“All I know is what I've seen on TV,” Weeden said. “We'll be sitting there watching ESPN or something and listen to it. But it's not like, ‘Man, we want to go to the Pac-12.' Or, ‘Man, we wish the Big 12 would stay together.'

“It's out of our control.”