Thurman Thomas is OK with a freshman QB

Berry Tramel: After seeing Mike Gundy succeed while they were OSU teammates, former Cowboy running back hopes Wes Lunt will come through this season.
by Berry Tramel Published: July 20, 2012
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photo - Former star Thurman Thomas on the sidelines during the college football game between Oklahoma State University (OSU) Cowboys and Missouri State University (MSU) Bears at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Okla. Saturday September 2, 2006. BY MATT STRASEN, THE OKLAHOMAN. ORG XMIT: KOD
Former star Thurman Thomas on the sidelines during the college football game between Oklahoma State University (OSU) Cowboys and Missouri State University (MSU) Bears at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Okla. Saturday September 2, 2006. BY MATT STRASEN, THE OKLAHOMAN. ORG XMIT: KOD

OSU must be patient with Lunt. That means Gundy, the staff, teammates, fans, media, everyone.

“It might be a tough go for awhile,” Thomas said. “You go through spring ball, get to the regular season, things change. You have to prepare yourself differently.

“I'm sure there are going to be some struggles along the way. But Mike Gundy's the head coach. He probably saw some things he saw in Zac Robinson, Brandon Weeden.”

Gundy as a freshman in 1986 was not great. He was better than Williams had been. Gundy completed 52 percent of his passes (solid for 1986), with eight touchdown passes and five interceptions.

Then in 1987, Thomas detected a changed quarterback.

“We went into spring ball, I saw a different Gundy,” Thomas said. “He was kind of thrown into something (the previous September); I think he was just fitting in. His leadership my senior year (1987), that became evident to me. I said, ‘That guy could become a coach in college.'”

Interestingly enough, this spring Gundy said leadership would be his No. 1 criteria in picking a quarterback. Two months later, he selected Lunt, who had yet to even go through his high school graduation.

“Being he is a freshman, if he does go through some ups and downs, he has at least three more years to prove himself,” Thomas said. “Hopefully he can come through for 'em.”

Thomas is a believer. He's seen it happen in Stillwater before.

Berry Tramel: Berry can be reached at (405) 760-8080 or at btramel@opubco.com. He can be heard Monday through Friday from 4:40-5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal radio network, including FM-98.1. You can also view his personality page at newsok.com/berrytramel.

by Berry Tramel
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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,...
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