Darius Curry’s Move to Safety Proves Fluidity in Secondary

first_imgJerel MorrowZa’Carrius GreenDarius CurryAJ Green Which isn’t great but also means Spencer and cornerbacks coach Tim Duffie think at least one of the young corners is ready to start. Curry isn’t a show-stopper. During spring practice, Ramon Richards classified Curry as a “technical” player who focuses on his craft. That sounded nice, particularly at a position with excess athleticism and not enough experience.AdChoices广告This also shows that almost every player in the secondary can be moved.The pros of that: Easy replacements in case of injuriesBetter coverage optionsMore versatile packagesThe cons:Might seem like scramblingCan look foolish if the talent doesn’t translateIncreasingly impossible to master either positionThe last one was Spencer’s explanation for moving Curry.“I pulled him in a couple weeks ago, and I said, ‘Darius, this isn’t fair to anybody,” he said. “You’ll never get better at one position if we have you playing two.”But the Cowboy defense has done an outstanding amount of “playing two” since this time last year. Richards went from corner to safety. Kenneth Edison-McGruder went from safety to linebacker. Trey Carter went from defensive end to tackle. And now Curry.The good news is they can always go back. All of the spring moves can be reverted, which would make the secondary look like this: Tre FlowersKenneth Edison-McGruderRamon RichardsAdrian Baker Za’Carrius GreenPhilip Redwine-BryantMadre HarperMalik Kearse Darius CurryJerel MorrowRodarius WilliamsLamarcus Morton With only two definitive starters in a secondary of four, Darius Curry has moved to safety “full-time,” defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer told GoPokes.com.That (likely) means this:center_img While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Safety 1Safety 2Cornerback 1Cornerback 2 Safety 1Safety 2Cornerback 1Cornerback 2 Tre FlowersRamon RichardsAdrian BakerAJ Green (or) It’s also a huge plus that the front seven is fairly solid, and it starts with the defensive line. Mike Gundy noted that before spring practice.“We have nine guys on the defensive line that power clean more than 315 pounds,” said Gundy. “We have nine guys that bench press more than 350 pounds, and five of them are over 400. … We have nine guys that all squat more than 450 pounds.”That’s great, and it will have to be to shrink the window in the secondary. Because no one is doubting the ability of these young corners to cover, just to cover for long enough. That’s why moving Curry to safety is significant. It only makes the corner situation riskier when it already felt like a Mason Rudolph keeper up the middle.last_img read more

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100 Days of Summer: Get to Know No. 31 Tre Flowers

first_imgWe’re just one month (!!!) away from the return of college football. What better way to get ready that than to look at one of the leaders of the Cowboy defense, Tre Flowers, who has one last year to add to his legacy at Oklahoma State?How he got to OSUFlowers, the former three-star safety from Judson High School (Converse, Tex.), picked Oklahoma State over offers from Arizona State, Kansas State, Houston and others. He was the No. 32 rated safety in the 2013 class according to Scout.What he’s done in StillwaterAfter a redshirt year in 2013, Flowers played in 12 games as a freshman in 2014 immediately making his mark. He finished sixth on the team with 56 tackles (44 total), two tackles for loss and three pass breakups. He’s been consistently improving since and comes into 2017 as the Cowboys’ leading returning tackler.Role in 2017Flowers is a preseason candidate for the Jim Thorpe Award who returns with more starts (32) and consecutive starts (26) than any other defender. He and newly-named safety Ramon Richards make quite the duo. One’s a yin to the other’s yang.Flowers, the mainstay safety who has been a bit overlooked due to the production of Jordan Sterns, has a personality to match. He’s not the flashy, vocal leader that Ramon might be but don’t mistake his subdued personality as passive. He can lay the wood on folks. But with all the moving pieces and fresh faces, Flowers will need to increase his leadership role in the secondary.Noteworthy stats and highlightsThere have been plenty of Tre Flowers highlights over the last three years but we’ll stick with a couple that feature his ability to dispossess the opponent — a skill which Flowers and the Cowboy defense will need to showcase to give OSU its best chance at a Big 12 title.Here’s his interception against TCU’s Trevone Boykin in 2015.And here’s a nice strip against Iowa State wide receiver Carson Epps from 2016. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

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Man City vs Chelsea: TV, stream & preview

first_imgPremier League Man City vs Chelsea: TV channel, live stream, squad news & preview Ryan Kelly Last updated 1 year ago 15:50 4/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Leroy Sane Manchester City NGolo Kante Chelsea Getty Images Premier League Manchester City v Chelsea Manchester City Chelsea Antonio Conte’s men make the trip north-west to face Pep Guardiola’s seemingly unstoppable outfit, who recently handed Arsenal a double beating Manchester City will look to take another step closer to Premier League glory when they host Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.Pep Guardiola’s side secured their 24th league win out of a possible 28 when they beat Arsenal 3-0 on Thursday and they need just five more wins to clinch the title.Antonio Conte’s men, meanwhile, find themselves in a battle to secure a top-four finish after recent results saw them tumble down to fifth in the table. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp City overcame the defending champions back in September when they played at Stamford Bridge, but it was a close game and Sunday should be a similarly tight match. Game Manchester City vs Chelsea Date Sunday March 4 Time 16:00 GMT / 11:00 ET Stream (US only) fuboTV (7-day free trial) TV Channel & Live Stream In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial). New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream NBCSN / NBC Universo fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on TV on Sky Sports Premier League and it can be streamed live online using Sky Go. UK TV channel Online stream Sky Sports Premier League Sky Go Squads & Team News Position Man City players Goalkeepers Bravo, Ederson, Grimshaw Defenders Walker, Danilo, Kompany, Stones, Laporte, Adarabioyo, Otamendi, Duhaney Midfielders Sterling, Gundogan, De Bruyne, Sane, B. Silva, D. Silva, Fernandinho, Zinchenko, Toure, Foden, Diaz, Dele-Bashiru Forwards Aguero, Nmecha, Jesus Fernandinho will miss out as he recovers from a muscle injury but Raheem Sterling is in contention to return.Kyle Walker will be involved, but Fabian Delph is suspended and Benjamin Mendy is injured.Potential Man City starting XI: Ederson; Walker, Otamendi, Kompany, Danilo; Gundogan, D. Silva, De Bruyne; Sane, Aguero, Sterling. Position Chelsea players Goalkeepers Caballero, Courtois, Eduardo Defenders Rudiger, Alonso, Zappacosta, Azpilicueta, Cahill, Luiz, Emerson, Christensen, Ampadu, Sterling, Chalobah Midfielders Fabregas, Drinkwater, Kante, Barkley, Hazard, Pedro, Bakayoko, Moses, Willian, Scott, Hudson-Odoi Forwards Morata, Giroud Ross Barkley is available for selection again following injury but it remains to be seen if Conte will throw him in to such a big game.David Luiz and Tiemoue Bakayoko are both out of action with injuries, while Alvaro Morata is a concern as his back issues persist.Potential Chelsea starting XI: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rudiger; Alonso, Moses, Kante, Hazard, Fabregas, Willian; Giroud.Betting & Match Odds Man City are heavy favourites to win at 6/10 according to dabblebet, who price Chelsea at 5/1 to win at the Etihad Stadium. A draw is available at 16/5.Click here to see all of dabblebet’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more.Match Preview Pep Guardiola Antonio Conte Chelsea Manchester CityThe difference in fortunes between Chelsea and Man City this season can be summed up by the fact that 22 points separate them coming into their second encounter of the campaign.Conte, whose Blues side battled their way to Premier League glory last term, has looked on with envy as his counterpart Guardiola cruises towards the finish line this season and he admitted that City sometimes seem “unstoppable”.”We must have great admiration. Sometimes it is very difficult to find a weakness in this team,” the Blues boss said, adding: “Manchester City has the possibility to spend a lot of money. When you link this situation – a good manager, much money to spend in the transfer market, the same ambition – this is the final result.”The Italian coach finds himself under increasing pressure at Chelsea, but he could serve his detractors a reminder of his quality by getting one over on Guardiola’s seemingly invulnerable team.A win would keep them within touching distance of the top four, but failure to pick up three points will be a blow to their hopes of ensuring Champions League football next season.Notably, however, Conte’s men have had a longer period of rest than their hosts, having not played since February 25, and they will be eager to take advantage. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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Coutinho hails dazzling Dembele

first_imgBarcelona Dazzling Dembele draws Coutinho praise after shining in Messi’s absence Dom Farrell 06:50 11/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) OusmaneDembele - cropped Getty Images Barcelona Primera División Málaga v Barcelona Málaga Luis Suárez Philippe Coutinho No Lionel Messi was no problem for the Catalans as Luis Suarez and the Brazilan got the goals and the former Dortmund star excelled Philippe Coutinho credited Ousmane Dembele for helping to fill the void left by Lionel Messi as Barcelona cruised to a 2-0 win over 10-man Malaga in LaLiga.Messi missed the game following the birth of his third son and first-half goals from Luis Suarez and Coutinho saw Ernesto Valverde’s men take control of the contest before Malaga winger Samu was sent off for a dreadful lunge on Jordi Alba.Coutinho produced a wonderfully inventive backheel finish from Dembele’s 28th-minute pass and the France winger, whose first season in Spain has been ruined by injury, started to unfurl his full repertoire as the game went on. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp “I’ve always said he’s a fantastic footballer,” the Brazil playmaker told television reporters. “He showed it again today, he played really well.”Leo is the best in the world so you will always miss him when he’s not there but something fabulous has happened in his life with his third son.”We congratulate him and he will be there for his next game.”@Phil_Coutinho A moment of magic! pic.twitter.com/64HT5804go — FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) March 10, 2018 Barca’s next outing is at home to Chelsea in midweek, with their Champions League last-16 tie all square at 1-1.Coutinho denied his team-mates took his foot off the gas at Malaga with an eye on facing the reigning Premier League champions.”Absolutely not,” he replied. “We’re trained to have the mentality of game by game at this club.”Clearly we could have passed it better and used more of our possession. Now that we’ve won we can think about the next game.”last_img read more

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Sullivan slams West Ham security

first_imgWest Ham United Where were the police? Sullivan slams West Ham stadium security Dom Farrell 19:55 11/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) WestHam - cropped Getty Images West Ham United Premier League West Ham United v Burnley Burnley The club’s co-owner feels that he and David Gold were badly let down by a lack of appropriate policing during their 3-0 loss to Burnley West Ham co-owner David Sullivan has criticised police and stewards at London Stadium after fan protests during Saturday’s 3-0 defeat against Burnley spilled over to a shocking extent.Fans invaded the pitch after Burnley’s second-half goals, with one wrestled to the ground by Mark Noble after confronting the West Ham captain, while another individual planted a corner flag in the middle of the pitch.A separate group of supporters congregated below the directors’ box and directed their anger towards Sullivan and fellow owner David Gold, who were ushered from their seats as a safety precaution. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp West Ham issued a statement after the match, pledging a “full and thorough investigation” into how events deteriorated to such a staggering extent, but Sullivan has already apportioned a degree of the blame.”We feel very badly let down by the stadium operators appointed by the [London] Mayor’s staff,” he told Mirror Sport.”Where were the stewards and police?”The Premier League strongly condemned the incidents at the site of the London 2012 Olympics, while the Football Association will seek observations from West Ham and the match officials.A number of videos circulated on social media, appearing to show one steward dozing off at his post, while two fans invaded the pitch and were able to return to their seats before being escorted out.West Ham United Burnley Mark Noble 03/10/18West Ham pitch invasion Burnley Premier LeagueDavid Moyes’ side are 16th in the Premier League, three points above the relegation zone, after losing four of their past five matches and face fellow strugglers Southampton at home in their next top-flight game on March 31.A number of Hammers fans were due to march against the board on Saturday, but the protest was cancelled at the last minute.The club has been engulfed in toxicity in recent months, with results on the slide and the supporters angered by a lack of investment from the board, as well as the lingering bad feeling over the move to the London Stadium from Upton Park. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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Position Preview: Oklahoma State Quarterbacks Athletic, but Inexperienced

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. The college football season is about two months away.As the country waits for its top amateur sporting season, PFB starts its position breakdowns. We’ll start with the most talked about position of any football team, but especially this one, as Oklahoma State will have a new gunslinger in the backfield in 2019.The QB RoomWith the departures of John Kolar and Keondre Wudtee, the Cowboys have only four quarterbacks on its roster as of now. If that number holds entering the fall, that’ll be one of the thinner groups of quarterbacks in recent years.Dru Brown (R-Sr.): Dru Brown enters the season as the only quarterback on OSU’s 2019 roster to have played a snap as a Cowboy. It came as a handoff in the Liberty Bowl. A California native, Brown is at his third school after spending the 2015 season at juco College of San Mateo and the 2016 and 2017 seasons at Hawaii. Brown is obviously the group’s most experienced player, already having thrown for 5,273 yards at the FBS level.Brendan Costello (Fr.): Brendan Costello’s decision to enroll early to a team without a returning starting quarterback was a smart one. Although Costello isn’t likely to win the job, the extra reps he got this spring can only help him going forward. Another California native, Costello hails from San Clemente High School, a school that has grown used to producing D-I quarterbacks. As a senior with the Tritons last year, Costello threw for 2,328 yards and 22 touchdowns while running for another 658 yards and nine scores.Spencer Sanders (R-Fr.): The third-highest ranked quarterback to ever come to OSU, Spencer Sanders road the bench through all of OSU’s 7-6 2018 season to many fans’ chagrin. Sanders went 46-6 as a starter at Denton-Ryan (TX), as he was All-Texas everything. Sanders brings athleticism to the OSU backfield that hasn’t been seen in a while. As a senior in high school, Sanders threw for 3,845 yards and 54 touchdowns and ran for another 1,380 yards and 16 touchdowns.Shaun Taylor (R-Fr.): The last time OSU walk-on Shaun Taylor was a starting quarterback, he put up some gaudy numbers. In 2017, Taylor threw for 4,153 yards and 60 touchdowns as a senior at All Saints Episcopal in Fort Worth. All Saints went 11-1 that season, scoring 46.7 points per game.Committed QBShane Illingworth (2020): Another Californian, Shane Illingworth is the Cowboys highest-rated 2020 commit as of now. Illingworth will forever be the first quarterback commit new offensive coordinator Sean Gleeson landed. The 6-7, 234-pound Illingworth is the 191st-ranked player in the 2020 class, and he is the eighth-rated pro-style quarterback in the country.2019 ExpectationsThe two-horse race that started at the final whistle of the Liberty Bowl is still without an announced winner.The consensus from the outside seems to be with Sanders, and that argument has some backing. Gundy talked extensively last year that it takes time for a quarterback to truly feel comfortable. Going with the redshirt freshman would build that experience, where as going with the fifth-year senior would force OSU to restart that clock again with a new quarterback in 2020.With that said, if it’s determined that Brown gives OSU the best chance to win in 2019, going with anyone else wouldn’t make too much sense.Apart from pregame warm-ups, Brown’s on snap in the Liberty Bowl and old film, the open spring practice is all the public has seen of the quarterback battle. At that open practice, the two performed fairly evenly. Both had good moments, and both threw interceptions. Afterward, Gundy said that’s how it had gone most of the spring.“There’s been days that Spencer has played better, there’s been days that Dru has played better,” Gundy said after the open practice. “… We’ll let the thing run through the summer and into August, and as soon as we feel like that we know the guy that gives our team the best chance for success, we’ll say, ‘You’re the quarterback,’ and move on.”At Princeton, Gleeson wasn’t afraid to use multiple quarterbacks, sometimes even using multiple quarterback at the same time. Although Gundy didn’t go to the extent of saying both will start at Oregon State, he said there is a possibility both play in 2019.Position StrengthsAll D-I football players are athletes, but this quarterback room looks to be an extra athletic bunch.All three scholarship quarterbacks are considered dual-threats, particularly Sanders. As a senior in high school, Sanders ran for 100+ yards in eight of his team’s 15 games.As a sophomore at Hawaii, Brown ran for 306 yards, and Costello averaged 55 rushing yards a game as a high school senior last fall.Mason Rudolph wasn’t much of a runner in his dominant tenure in Stillwater, but Taylor Cornelius showed his wheels some last season, rushing for 406 yards and 10 touchdowns.Having that extra threat of attack in 2019 could be a big deal for an offensive looking for an identity with a new coordinator.Position WeaknessesExperience is the unit’s obvious weakness, and rightly so.Of the four quarterbacks on OSU’s roster, three haven’t played a snap of college football. The one who has, has played one snap at OSU, and the others came at the junior college level and in the Mountain West Conference.Most Big 12 teams are like sports cars. If driven correctly, it’ll go fast and look awesome. If not, there isn’t a whole lot (of defense) that’ll protect you from whatever you’re about to hit. Brown and/or Sanders will get the keys to a bright orange automobile this year, one fresh out of driving school and the other used to driving lesser cars.last_img read more

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Four Storylines: OSU Caps Non-Conference Play vs. McNeese State and TU

first_imgAs we continue our look at this fall’s football schedule, let’s finish up Oklahoma State’s nonconference slate with a first-time opponent and a long-time in-state “rival.”First off, Mike Gundy’s crew will follow up a game against the other OSU by hosting the other Cowboys.When: Saturday, September 7 at 6 p.m.Where: Boone Pickens Stadium, Stillwater, Okla.Watch: ESPN+1. A New Sheriff in TownMcNeese State will be one game into the Sterlin Gilbert era when it arrives in Stillwater. After going 9-2 in 2017, it appeared set on a similar course after a 5-1 start in 2018. But the FCS Cowboys finished the season 1-4, landing T-4th in the Southland Conference. Lance Guidry was shown the door and Gilbert was handed the reins..If the name sounds familiar it’s because Gilbert spent time as Philip Montgomery’s co-offense coordinator at Tulsa (OSU’s next opponent) before Charlie Strong hired him to Texas as one of a half dozen different OCs he employed in Austin. Gilbert followed Strong to South Florida, where he ran the Bulls offense for two years before earning his first head coaching gig.2. Another Cowboy QB ChangeThe visiting Cowboys are also in the midst of a transition at quarterback. Record-setting passer James Tabary exhausted his eligibility and his successor is junior Cody Orgeron. Yes, that name should sound familiar, as well. He’s the son of LSU head coach Ed Orgeron, who was a graduate assistant at McNeese State briefly in the 1980s. (There’s your bit of Louisiana football trivia for the day.)As QB2 for most of last year, Orgeron threw for 406 yards and three two scores to three INTs. Those aren’t eye-popping numbers but Orgeron is a dual-threat guy who apparently looked good in the spring and took No. 1 reps throughout.Final thought: Not too much to get excited about as far as the matchup goes — Oklahoma State shouldn’t be in any real danger against an FCS opponent at home — but it will be the home crowd’s first chance to lay eyes on their new QB in live action. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Now, on to Week 3 and a matchup with the a Golden Hurricane program in desperate need of a bounceback year.When: Saturday, September 14 at 2:30 p.m.Where: H.A. Chapman Stadium, Tulsa, Okla.Watch: ABC/ESPN/ESPN23. Can Philip Montgomery Stay Out of the Hot Seat?Answer: It would take quite the turnaround to avoid it.After winning 10 games in his second season with the Golden Hurricane, Montgomery has produced two- and three-win years. Recent history tells us that that just won’t do in Tulsa.Bill Blankenship was let go after a two-win season that followed three wins, and he had more collateral built up at time of his slump.Blankenship — started 8-5, 11-3 followed by 3-9, 2-10, fired.Montgomery — started 6-7, 10-3 followed by 2-10, 3-9, ?Inconsistent quarterback play has been just one of the issues that’s plagued Tulsa these last couple of years, but help could be on the way. Former Baylor starter Zach Smith is in the mix with Luke Skipper, who went down with injury last year, and Seth Boomer, the freshman who spelled him. Not helping things will be an offensive line sans three starters from a year ago.Tulsa is also in the midst of some turnover on the defensive side of the ball.4. Bill Young RetiresBill Young’s long coaching career has finally come to an end. A run that lasted 50 years following his playing days in Stillwater — and included two separate stints at Oklahoma State — was capped with a four-year tenure at Tulsa.Young’s last couple of years didn’t go so well as far as on-field production is concerned but he was working with a lot of youth. The group did improve in points per drive allowed, finishing 72nd (2.31 points per drive) in 2018 from 118th (3.1) the year before. Last season, Tulsa also finished seventh in passing defense.Linebackers coach Joseph Gillespie was promoted to DC after transitioning the Hurricane from a four-man front to a 3-3-5 scheme. We’ll see how successful that will be at slowing down Sean Gleeson’s offense.Final thought: None of the first three opponents are going to provide a huge test for the Cowboys before they enter Big 12 play, but it will be interesting to see how quickly OSU’s offense hits the ground running under Gleeson and his new QB. Hopefully, pretty quickly because next up is a tough road test in Austin.last_img read more

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Mike Gundy Says he Turned Down Tennessee Job Three Times in his Career

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Mike Gundy flirted with the possibility of leaving his alma mater to take Tennessee’s head coaching vacancy in 2017 and wound up getting a handsome raise out of the deal.Not only was it not the first time Gundy used good, old-fashioned leverage to squeeze money out of his employer, it was ironically not the first time he used Tennessee to do it, either. In his wide-ranging ESPN interview this week in which he (correctly) claimed OSU would have smacked LSU for the natty in 2011, Gundy said Tennessee has offered him the job not once, not twice ….“I’ve had that (Tennessee) job offered three different times,” said Gundy. “It’s ironic that it’s always been Tennessee. I guess it gets to a point where you say, ‘Is it time for me to make a change? I’m 50-something years old. Is it time for me to go do things differently?’ Sometimes in your life, you think that way.“Tennessee put together an unbelievable package, and it’s hard to tell somebody no when that happens. But I made the right decision.”As the great Brett McMurphy reported in 2012, Gundy also got a new deal when the Vols came calling back after the 2008 season. The other instance came in 2012 after the program fired Derek Dooley.The last time Tennessee called, in 2017, it felt like a real possibility. So much so, in fact, that OSU offered him a one-time $625,000 contract bonus and a new five-year rollover contract that sets him up with annual escalators and what amounts to a lifetime contract if he wants it. And despite the flirtations, Gundy says that he’s happy with his decision to have not left.“This is who I am,” he told ESPN. “This is what I am. This is where I belong. This is me. There’s no reason for me to go anywhere else.”last_img read more

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Spencer Sanders Talks Tom Herman, Going Back to Texas

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. STILLWATER — In a visit during his junior year of high school, Spencer Sanders visited the weekend Oklahoma State hosted Texas.Sanders watched the Cowboys win 49-31. He watched Mason Rudolph throw for 392 yards and three touchdowns. And he committed to Oklahoma State.I am blessed to announce that I have committed to Oklahoma State University, an couldn’t have done it without my family an coaches.#GoPokes pic.twitter.com/7l5y3bv3w3— Spencer Sanders (@SpenceSanders) October 1, 2016That was Charlie Strong’s last season with the Longhorns. When Tom Herman was hired, Sanders said Herman and UT offensive coordinator Tim Beck visited him at his school.“I had a very interesting talk with Tom Herman,” Sanders said. “I basically got the … I don’t know if I want to say that on social media. I’ll put it this way: I had an offer and I didn’t have an offer at the same time.“I said, ‘Hey, I’m committed to Oklahoma State. I don’t have any interest anywhere else. They said, ‘That’s fine. We respect that,’ and they went about their business.”Herman brought a solid coaching background to Texas. He had come off a 9-3 season at Houston, knocking off No. 3 Oklahoma and No. 3 Louisville in the same season.“He’s a great coach,” Sanders said. “I liked what he did at Houston. I think all and all, he’s a great coach. He sure put together a great team over there. I think he’s pretty successful, and he did a great thing when he was back at Houston.”Despite being Mr. Texas Football in high school, Sanders didn’t get an actual offer from the Longhorns. Sanders said he didn’t go to Texas’ camps in high school because he “wasn’t really interested in Texas.”Instead he said he prioritized schools that showed interest in him. He said he went to camps at TCU and SMU.Sanders said he didn’t have a lot of UT fans in his family, but some of his friends from high school are. He said he’ll talk some smack with them, but it will all be fun and games. Saturday will be Sanders’ first time playing in the Lone Star State since his high school days.“If you’re not nervous, then I take it as you’re not really ready to play, you don’t really care,” Sanders said. “I’ll probably be a little nervous, but I’m just gonna go out there and play, and we’re gonna do what we know how to do.”last_img read more

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How Spencer Sanders Will Benefit from Dylan Galloway’s Potential Return for Baylor

first_imgLTLGCRGRT TulsaDylan GallowayMarcus KeyesJohnny WilsonBryce BrayTeven Jenkins TexasDylan GallowayMarcus KeyesJohnny WilsonBryce BrayTeven Jenkins McNeeseDylan GallowayMarcus KeyesJohnny WilsonBryce BrayTeven Jenkins Texas TechTeven JenkinsMarcus KeyesJohnny WilsonHunter AnthonyBryce Bray Kansas StateHunter AnthonyMarcus KeyesRy SchneiderJohnny WilsonBryce Braycenter_img Oregon StateDylan GallowayMarcus KeyesJohnny WilsonBryce BrayTeven Jenkins In a place where experience is even more important than it already is, the Cowboys started two redshirt freshmen up front the past two weeks, with Hunter Anthony picking up his first and second starts of the season at two different spots on the line.Galloway started OSU’s final five games of 2018, all at left tackle, meaning he has nine games of starting experience at the position.Freshman quarterback Spencer Sanders has been statistically better with his intended starting offensive line. In the first four games, Sanders completed 65 percent of his passes and had three interceptions. In the past two, he has completed 61 percent of his passes and thrown five interceptions.Some of that can also be contributed to strength of opponent, but another glaring stat is that Sanders has been sacked nine times in the past two games after being sacked only four times in the first four, a 3.5 sack per game difference. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. STILLWATER — Spencer Sanders has been without his starting blindside protector for a few weeks, but that could change Saturday.Dylan Galloway practiced Sunday night after missing the past two games with injury, Mike Gundy said at his weekly media luncheon Monday. Galloway missed the Kansas State and Texas Tech games after starting the Cowboys’ first four games at left tackle.“Any time you lose a left tackle, doesn’t make a difference what experience you have, it’s not easy,” Gundy said. “It happens. Injuries are a part of the game. When you start shuffling around those five guys, I’m not a big fan of that. You guys that have tracked me for all these years, if we didn’t have injuries very seldom did we ever move those guys, even in years we struggled. We still said if we don’t keep them in the same spot, it’s not easy to get better.”Galloway’s absence forced the Cowboys into an offensive line shuffle, resulting in different lineups the past two weeks after a solid five-man core started the Cowboys’ first four games.last_img read more

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