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OSU quarterback Brandon Weeden: Cowboys can't afford to look ahead to Bedlam

BY GINA MIZELL, Staff Writer, gmizell@opubco.com Published: November 15, 2011
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“The difference is we don't have any guys that are ‘I' guys. They're not worried about how many catches, how many tackles, how many plays they play. They're not worried about that. They want to do whatever they can to help this team win. I've been on a lot of teams, and I've never seen a group of guys that are this close and care about each other as much as they do. I think that goes a long way when you talk about winning games. I think that's one of those things that we'll look back when we're done playing and say, ‘Wow, that was something pretty special.'”

What makes Mike Gundy such a successful coach?

“I think just forming relationships with players. Sometimes that can be one thing that gets overlooked and people don't talk about. He's got a lot on his plate, but whenever he's around us at practice or just in the facility, he's always going to joke with you, have a good time, laugh, crack a joke and communicate. He pulled me into his office today and we sat down and had a good little discussion and just kind of talked. That's pretty unique. I don't know many coaches across the country that really do that. If they do, maybe they're your better coaches. I've got a tremendous amount of respect for him. He's done a great job and he's a large reason why the program is where it is today.”

How do you not look ahead Bedlam on Dec. 3?

“You can't. You look across the country, and you've got to assume some teams have done that and get snuck up on and get beat. At this stage in our season, we've played so well to this point, there's no reason to kind of take one for granted. We've got to stay focused at the task at hand or else something might happen and all of our goals we set aside at the beginning of the year are no longer attainable. We respect Iowa State. We've watched them on tape and they're a well-coached, very fundamental team that's going to come in and they're going to fight and give us their best shot. In college football these days, you can't overlook anybody. When you overlook them, bad things happen.”


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