At last year’s Big 12 media day Oklahoma State football coach Mike Gundy let the world know who had won the quarterback battle and who he planned to lead his offense for the upcoming season, Taylor Cornelius.
Twelve months later, and coming off of a 7-6 record, Gundy is in a similar situation, but this time he is taking a different approach.
The two quarterbacks that Cornelius beat out for the job last season are back for a second chance at the job and Gundy is in no hurry to pick one.
Redshirt freshman Spencers Sanders and redshirt senior Dru Brown have been fighting it out all spring and with a little over a month until the first game Gundy said neither has secured the position.
“Whenever we’re ready to name a starter based on him earning the job, we’ll do that,” Gundy said. “Both guys in our team right now have worked hard. We haven’t had anybody go ahead and take the reigns at this particular point so we’re obligated for both of them to split reps. If at any particular time one of those guys becomes our starter based on (the coaching staff) feeling like they gives us the best chance to win a football game, we’ll name a starter.”
“If neither one of them gives us any indication that they’ve taken the job prior to the first game, we’ll play both guys,” Gundy said.”
New Offensive line coach
Gundy has had to deal with multiple coaching changes recently and none more glaring than the offensive line coach position.
When OSU faces off against Oregon State on Aug. 30 he will start his third seson in the last five with Charlie Dickey taking coming to Stillwater after spending the past 10 seasons at Kansas State at the same position.
After multiple failed attempts to brin Dickey to OSU, Gundy siad that he finally got his man.
“I had tried to hire Charlie a few times before,” Gundy said. “He had great loyalty to (Bill Snyder) at Kansas State for all the right reasons. When (John Henson) left I picked the phone up about five minutes later and asked Charlie and has said he would take the job.”
New faces in the Big 12
This season the Big 12 will feature four new head coaches, Neal Brown at West Virginia, Les Miles at Kansas, Matt Wells at Texas Tech and Chris Klieman at Kansas State.
Gundy said that despite the new faces he believes that it won’t take much getting used to for he and his staff.
“The new coaches in the Big 12, they’ve been around. We’re pretty familiar with them,” Gundy said. “They’ve been successful at other schools. In college football, to a certain extent, most teams are doing the same thing scheme-wise offensively and defensively.”
At this point in his career Gundy is typically know for two things, having explosive offenses and having the most recognizable hair in college sports.
Heading into his third season sporting the famous mullet Gunday said he is taking it day-by-day with the famous cut.
“I don’t know anymore,” Gundy said. “It’s hard for me at times to decide what i’m gonna do the next day until I get into the season. As long as it makes me look a little younger. If someone said ‘It makes you look old’ I’d probably cut it.”