Stillwater – With many uncertainties for the Oklahoma state football team, offensivne coordinator Sean Gleeson and defensive coordinator Jim knowles still have significant question marks heading into the upsoming season.
Here are some of the main topics the two hit on prior to the 2019-20 season:
With the starting quarterback yet to be named, and the battle between Spencer Sanders and Dru Brown looking like it could spill over into the Cowboy’s first game against Oregon State, Gleeson layed out what he wants to see from whomever takes the job.
“We’re looking for a quarterback who can be competitive, intelligent and accurate — C.I.A,” Gleeson said. “That’s what I think are the three most important things about quarterback play. We need a guy who can lead our players, who can be intelligent enough to run this no-huddle. There’s all different shapes and sizes of quarterbacks, but the thing we all understand is that accuracy matters. Whether you throw it hard or fast or big or small, accuracy is really important.”
The battle between Sanders, a redshirt freshman, and Brown, a redshirt senior, has gone on for over a year now and Gleeson said that the job is still there for the taking.
“This is an even race. We’re searching for a quarterback. Each kid has their own story, but it’s about the team,” Gleeson said. “When we know the starter, we’re going to name him.”
Along with figuring out who will start game one, Gleeson said that he is focusing on making OSU the prefered spot for the nations best quarterbacks for years to come.
“I want this place to be where the best quarterback in the country sits,” said Gleeson. “We won games at Princeton with that model — there’s a guy in New England right now who is a pretty darn good quarterback -— who has won a lot of games because his play is better than everyone else’s. That’s where we want to go.”
His first step towards that is getting highly-touted four-star QB Shan Illingworth to commit,
Illingworth is the No. 10 pro-style QB in the 2020 class and the No. 220 player in the nation.
OSU lost six members from last season’s defensive line, including Redskins draftee Jordan Brailford.
Brailford led a team T-12 nationally in sacks with nine of his own, and headining into this season Knowles has a significant amount of production to replace.
There are, however, a few candidates that could step in and fill the shoes of last season’s unit.
Senior Mike Scott is the Cowboy’s most impactful returner on the line with three sacks of his own, ranking him third on last season team.
Head coach Mike Gundy also brought in two transfers in hopes of filling some of the gaps.
Bowling Green graduate transfer Kyle Junior is the first of the pair. He finished last season with the Falcons totalling 36 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks.
Colorado Transfer Isreal Antwine was the second. He started 11 games for Colorado last season, setting a defensive linemaan record for plays as a freshman wiht 457.
“(They are) guys who have experience playing football at a high level,” Knowles said. “(They) can come in and physically handle the game at the line of scrimmage. It doesn’t matter how spread out the game is there’s still that hand-to-hand combat and that physicality that goes on between the tackles and at the line of scrimmage. I love the fact that these guys come in with experience. They’re strong and physically developed and ready to put right into the lineup.”