STILLWATER – Ahead of Oklahoma State’s matchup with Iowa State, coach Mike Gundy held his weekly news conference at Boone Pickens Stadium. Here are some takeaways:
Hill’s carries close to where Gundy wants them
Justice Hill was more involved in OSU’s offensive game plans against Kansas.
The junior from Tulsa tallied 31 carries, which is only 15 less than his total from the first four games of the season, against the Jayhawks. He racked up 189 yards and a score while setting some OSU and conference records.
He became OSU’s ninth running back to surpass 3,000 career rushing yards. With his score, which was his 11th straight game with a rushing touchdown, Hill tied the Big 12 record for a running back for consecutive games scoring a touchdown.
Hill also leads the Big 12 with 577 rushing yards this season.
Before the season, Gundy mentioned how he would like to keep Hill’s touches to about 15 a game. He has 77 carries through the first five games, which Gundy said he is happy with.
Even with the increased workload and continued production, Gundy doesn’t want his workload to mirror Saturdays.
“I have concerns about him carrying the ball 30 times,” Gundy said. “When he carries the ball 75 times up to this point, he’s getting hit 70 of those 75, in most cases. It doesn’t make any differences to when the hits occur. Those guys take more direct shots than any other position. He doesn’t come out very much. He likes to play the game.”
Jenkins pivotal moving from right to left tackle
When Arlington Hambright went out of Saturday’s game with an injury, Tevin Jenkins faced another task: protection the blind side.
OSU’s starting left tackle through its first five games left during the first half of Saturday’s game and didn’t return. Jenkins, who has started each game at right tackle, was the first player Gundy thought of to move to the left side of the line.
The redshirt sophomore from Topeka, Kansas, barely practiced in the week leading to the Kansas game because he was dinged up, per Gundy. But he also didn’t practice any at left tackle.
Jenkins performed well on a short week of practice. Shane Richards moved to right tackle when Jenkins moved.
“I don’t think he has worked at left tackle all year,” Gundy said. “It’s just the way it is with O-line play. When someone goes down, somebody moves in. With Hambright going down, he’s the logical choice, the most experienced guy. He played pretty good.”
Hambright had a boot on his left foot postgame, and Gundy didn’t have an update on his status as of Monday.
Sinor named to Ray’s 8 list for Week 5 performance
Although it was only his second game of the season, punter Zach Sinor hasn’t seemed to struggle returning from hernia surgery.
Sinor was named one of eight punters in college football included on the Ray Guy Award’s Ray’s 8 list for his performance against Kansas. The Ray Guy Award national punter of the week will be selected from the Ray’s 8 list and announced Wednesday.
Three of the Sinor’s punts on Saturday were downed inside the 20, and he averaged 46.2 yards per boot. He is averaging 48.1 yards per punt this season,. Sinor had a 67-yard strike on his first attempt of the season against Texas Tech.
-A kickoff time was announced for OSU’s next road game against Kansas State.
The Cowboys and Wildcats will have an 11 a.m. kick time from Manhattan, Kansas, on Oct. 13. The game will be televised on ESPNU.
K-State won last season’s matchup, 45-40, in Stillwater.
-OSU is back in the AP Top 25 at No. 25. The Cowboys dropped out of the poll following their 41-17 loss to Texas Tech.
-Sophomore wide receiver Tylan Wallace has produced four straight 100-yard receiving games. He is the first OSU underclassman to achieve that feat since Justin Blackmon. Wallace is seventh nationally with 567 receiving yards through five games.
-Taylor Cornelius is fifth in the country with 1,541 passing yards.