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OSU football: Gundy talks backup QB, injuries and more in weekly news conference

OSU football: Gundy talks backup QB, injuries and more in weekly news conference

Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy during an NCAA college football game between Boise State and Oklahoma State in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

STILLWATER – As his dog, Kenzie, tried to steal reporter’s lunches, Oklahoma State football coach Mike Gundy addressed the media ahead of Oklahoma State’s game against Texas Tech. The Cowboys (3-0) are coming off a 44-21 victory against Boise State to conclude nonconference play. The Red Raiders and Cowboys kick off at 6 p.m. Saturday inside Boone Pickens Stadium.

Here are some takeaways from his news conference:

Gundy: “(Brown) is the backup quarterback”

Dru Brown hasn’t made an appearance yet, but Gundy said the transfer quarterback has started taking second-team reps in practice.

“He is the backup quarterback,” Gundy said. “He is getting those reps. That has been going on for a number of weeks, and every day, he gets better and gets a little more adjusted to our system.”

Keondre Wudtee is the only quarterback outside of Taylor Cornelius who has appeared for the Cowboys this season. For the second straight week, the depth chart has listed Wudtee behind Cornelius with an ‘or’ between he, Brown and Spencer Sanders’ names.

On the injury front

After missing the first three games of the season, Gundy said he expects Zach Sinor to punt this week.

Sinor began punting a couple weeks ago after having hernia surgery. Gundy said he thought he would have been OSU’s guy on Saturday. Matt Hockett has been OSU’s starting punter during its first three games, booting it seven times with a 40-yard average per attempt. Jake McClure, who has handled the Cowboys’ kickoff duties this season, has two punts this season. They have traveled 54 and 52 yards.

Running back LD Brown missed Saturday’s game because of a right ankle injury he suffered against South Alabama. Gundy said OSU’s medical staff told him Brown, a sophomore, should be able to return by the middle of the week, The Oklahoman’s Nathan Ruiz reported.

Brown rushed for 110 yards on nine carries with a touchdown in the season opener against Missouri State.

On the Red Raider offense

Alan Bowman hasn’t looked like a true freshman during his first three games.

Texas Tech’s starting quarterback threw for 605 yards and five touchdowns on Saturday, as the Red Raiders (2-1) defeated Houston, 63-49.

His performance earned him Big 12 Newcomer of the Week honors, something Gundy said isn’t surprising with Texas Tech’s system.

“(He’s) a really good player,” Gundy said. “This league will be disappointed to see him for the next three or four years or however long it may be.”

Other notes

-Linebacker Amen Ogbongbemiga was named co-Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week, along with Oklahoma’s Austin Seibert. He blocked a Bronco punt that led to a Cornelius rushing touchdown. It is the second conference accolade for an OSU player this year, as Chuba Hubbard won Big 12 co-Newcomer of the Week after his performance against Missouri State.

-OSU and Kansas will kick off at 11 a.m. in Lawrence, Kansas, on Sept. 29.

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Cameron Jourdan has covered Oklahoma State athletics since January 2017. He has written for The Oklahoman, The Tuscaloosa News and the Stillwater News Press, among others. Follow Cameron on Twitter: @Cam_Jourdan

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