The Wednesday newsletter: Answering your Oklahoma State questions on quarterbacks, defense and hoops
Every Wednesday, this space will be filled with whatever topics you want to talk about. Here were some of the questions I received via Twitter or email this week: +5 This has certainly been an issue for Oklahoma State. While Taylor Cornelius was a surprise and has filled the gap at quarterback at OSU for a year, his rise from former walk-on to starting quarterback coincides with a dry spell in quarterback recruiting. If he doesn't, Oklahoma State will have gone a four-year recruiting cycle without signing a quarterback who started a game. +5 Got a couple questions about this idea this week. I'm not sure I've seen anything like it since my first year on the beat, 2014. The numbers for the defense in conference play haven't left much hope for 2019 to this point. • I mentioned Darrion Daniels in the mailbag, but here's more on his role while missing the rest of the season. • Mike Gundy's Bedlam news conference was dominated by questions about penalties, discipline and whether his players are listening. • The 2015 Oklahoma State team started 10-0 despite an 100th-ranked defense and 114th-ranked rushing offense.
Miami voters gave city officials permission Tuesday to negotiate a no-bid lease deal with Beckham's group, which wants to build a Major League Soccer complex on what has been a public golf course. Beckham's group is also planning to have technology offices, a hotel and retail space on the land, in return for guaranteeing the city about $3.6 million in rent annually. Tuesday's win was the first big one for Beckham's club, officially named Club Internacional de Futbol Miami — or Inter Miami. Beckham has considered and wanted several other sites over the years, before turning his attention to Melreese in recent months. "I started this dream five and a half years ago ... to bring a team to Miami, to bring a team to this great city," Beckham said at a rally Tuesday night. We've had some speed bumps along the way. We've had a few problems along the way." Beckham's group has also committed to spend about $35 million to clean up toxic waste at the site and pay a living wage for employees. "We are going to bring a championship winning team. His contract offered an opportunity to own an MLS team when his playing career was completed.
Media members, including ex-Cowboys star Troy Aikman are saying major changes need to be made to the organization. Dak is the quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys,” Jones said. Sports Highlights Up Next: Is Jason Garrett on the hot seat? Your video will play in: 5 seconds Is Jason Garrett on the hot seat? 01:00 Is Jason Garrett on the hot seat? Once again, fans went nuts on Twitter. Jerry Jones is turning into a Al Davis the game has passed him by he needs to give over the reins to his sons — Mark (@MarkMtb67) November 6, 2018 I also believe that Jerry Jones needs to take a seat already cause what he’s been doing the past 25 years isn’t working. — Andy Hulsey (@AndyHulsey88) November 6, 2018 cowboys are a jerry jones and jason garrett firing away from a superbowl — Gangster Gastino (@rakinkhan) November 6, 2018 Hi my name is Jerry Jones, my QB can’t throw for over 200 yards and we couldn’t beat the Titans last night with him starting. Your on field group is weak at best. Keep doing the same thing Mr. Jones and get the same results — Bill Freeman (@BillFre21307906) November 6, 2018 i will pay someone to kidnap jerry jones and make him resign — elton (@ChefElto) November 6, 2018 There are really only two takeaways: Jerry Jones is a horrible GM and Jason Garrett needs to go — justjenn (@cultureobserve) November 6, 2018 Jerry Jones said on Dallas sports radio that Dak Prescott is going to get extended, virtually ensuring they won't win a division title in the next half-decade — John Town (@johntown99_) November 6, 2018 Al Davis, I mean Jerry Jones is insane.
“At this point in time, we’re going to stay the course. Brandon McManus missed a 51-yard field goal attempt as time expired in their crushing 19-17 loss to Houston on Sunday . “As you know, they’re very, very frustrated because they’ve put in a lot of hard work and they’re not getting paid back for all the work they put in with the win.” Earlier this season, Elway said it was difficult to make many changes midseason and he reiterated that Monday. “We’ve been in six one-score games, so I’m much more encouraged this year than I was last year because I think that guys are still playing hard and we’re in games.” Elway acknowledged last year that he considered firing Joseph after his 5-11 rookie season Joseph said this summer that he knew he had to get off to a fast start in 2018 for his job security but in the midst of another trying season, he said Monday his focus is on football, not his employment. “It’s about the players and the coaches and winning football games.” Joseph has taken heat for his clock management at the end of both halves Sunday, when McManus missed consecutive kicks for the first time in his five-year NFL career, a 62-yarder in the second quarter that led to a field goal by Houston instead and a 51-yarder as time expired that would have given Denver a 20-19 win. That’s wrong.” Joseph, however, staunchly defended his decision-making on the second one when he decided not to risk Case Keenum getting sacked again after the Broncos had crossed the Houston 35-yard line with about 40 seconds left. However, McManus is much more accurate from inside of 50 yards than outside. We got to the 33,” Joseph said. “So, at that point, yardage-wise we were good. But I wasn’t going to expose our quarterback and our O-line to that pass rush one more time and now if they make a play, now we’re all idiots, right?
And yet, when the Titans traveled to Dallas to take on Ezekiel Elliott and the Cowboys, their run-defense suddenly looks like the 2000 Ravens. He nearly topped his rushing total with 51 yards on three catches. But those catches come in the open field, where Elliott is not subjected as heavily to Dallas' poor blocking. The eight-year veteran has seen too many back injuries and is playing next to a rookie, Connor Williams, who has been mediocre at best. But Prescott has been a middling quarterback for nearly three years, someone with potential to be sure, but by no means a star in his own right. The Cowboys have used three first-round picks and a second-round pick on starting offensive linemen over the past decade. They don't have a first-round pick this season because of the Cooper trade. They are going to surround fixing the passing game because the running game is supposed to be stable. But it isn't, and it is looking more and more like the Cowboys just wasted another year of Elliott's prime. The Cowboys have a transcendent talent at running back, but if they don't fix the rest of the offense, they are going to waste him.
Justice Hill was the top OSU runner with 119 yards on 18 carries with a TD while catching two passes for 12 yards. Chuba Hubbard added 51 yards on ten totes. Tylan Wallace paced the Oklahoma State receiving corps with eight receptions for 122 yards and a score followed by Tyron Johnson with 81 yards on eight catches. The Oklahoma Sooners are sill eying a spot in the playoffs and have doing their part with three straight wins following a 51-46 decision at Texas Tech on Saturday. Oklahoma amassed 683 yards with a pair of turnovers the Red Raiders totaling 473 yards. Sooners quarterback was the star of the game with 350 passing yards and three touchdowns and a pair of interceptions while rushing for 100 yards and another touchdown on eleven carries. Trey Sermon was the Oklahoma workhorse on the ground with 206 yards and three TD’s on 25 carries while Lee Morris topped the receiving corps with four receptions for 101 yards and two scores. Over is 4-0 in Oklahoma State Cowboys last 4 games after accumulating more than 200 yards rushing in their previous game and over is 4-0 in Oklahoma Sate Cowboys last 4 games after allowing more than 200 yards rushing in their previous game and over is 8-1 in Oklahoma State Cowboys last 9 games following a ATS loss. Over is 4-0 in Oklahoma Sooners last 4 games on grass and over is 5-0 in Oklahoma Sooners last 5 games overall and over is 8-0 in Oklahoma Sooners last 8 games after scoring more than 40 points in their previous game. I’m not a big fan of the huge chalk with the defense I see from Oklahoma…
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While it may be helpful to have the experience, the Sooners' strength advantage has been widely ignored. Look for that to continue, especially to start the season, as OU tries to maximize its strength advantage over younger opponents. They also have two in-state neutral site games, against Southern Cal in Tulsa and Wichita State in Oklahoma City. That's about as tough as it gets, and a good record could go a long way toward securing a second-straight NCAA tournament berth. In last week's exhibition, it was Kur Kuath, who came off the bench for McNeace first. He pulled down eight rebounds with six points against Pittsburgh State. He averaged 1.1 points and 1.1 rebounds over 3.1 minutes per game last year as OU's third-string center. In his senior season with the Black Bears he averaged 16.9 points per game but in the three years before that, he averaged less than double figures. The Sooners will need him to score this season to help them fill the void left by last year's point guard, Trae Young, who led the country averaging 27.4 points per game. • From the outside: Last season, OU averaged just over 26 3-point attempts per game, sinking 35.9 percent of them.