Big 12: Wilson Youman
October, 20, 2011
By David Ubben | ESPN.com
I'm just saying: The guy's a judge. He could put a shirt on.
- This year's Bedlam is so big it needs a new name, writes Jenni Carlson of The Oklahoman. Readers: What ya got?
- Is Missouri a financial fit in the SEC? Its spending in sports pales in comparison to the best in the SEC, writes Stu Durando of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Here's how Missouri stacks up in total athletic department spending.
- If the Tigers leave, there are no winners, and both sides could have done a lot to maintain the relationship, writes Sam Mellinger of the Kansas City Star. He's got a little more to say about the column in his blog, too.
- Former SEC commissioner Roy Kramer talks about Missouri's possible future membership in the league with Jon Solomon of the Birmingham News. Interesting stuff here.
- Less practice and more fun have meant big success at Oklahoma State, writes Dennis Dodd of CBSSports.com.
- Will it mean a Heisman for Justin Blackmon? OSU's receiver knows his position puts him at a disadvantage, but Jeff Miller of ESPN Dallas checks out his chances.
- Cedric Golden and Kirk Bohls of the Austin American-Statesman grade the first half of the season for Texas.
- Do the right thing, Kansas: Fire Turner Gill and re-hire Mark Mangino, writes Bill Reiter of Fox Sports.
- Iowa State receiver Darius Reynolds is nicknamed "Money" and he's finally living up to the moniker, writes Mark Emmert of the Des Moines Register.
- Jimmy Burch of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram looks back on the highlights and lowlights of the first half of the season.
- Oklahoma State's Wilson Youman is one of the last two-way players, but he's excelling for the Cowboys, writes John Helsley of The Oklahoman.
- A piece of history at Oklahoma nearly ended up in the trash can.
- The rivalry in Kansas has a special effect on Kansas OL Tanner Hawkinson's household, writes Matt Tait of the Lawrence Journal-World.
- Get ready for a fast game in Norman on Saturday, writes David Just of the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal.
October, 15, 2009
By Tim Griffin | ESPN.com
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
You might not recognize their names -- yet.
|AP Photo/David J. Phillip|
|Zac Robinson threw for 279 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another score against A&M.|
But Oklahoma State quarterback Zac Robinson said his group of runners and receivers who have taken over in the absences of Dez Bryant and Kendall Hunter has played well so far.
The Cowboys’ makeshift rotation came up big in their 36-31 victory at Texas A&M last week. And they likely will use them again this week as Hunter shows no signs of immediate recovery from his foot injury and Bryant remains ensnared in his NCAA suspension.
“We have some other players and everybody is doing a little bit more,” Robinson said. “And the guys who are going out there are just getting a little bit better.”
Keith Toston emerged at running back, producing a game-high 130 rushing yards and adding two receptions for 74 yards. And a rotation of receivers headed by Hubert Anyiam, Dameron Fooks, Tracy Moore, Justin Blackmon and Wilson Youman combined for nine catches for 192 yards as they capably filled in for Bryant.
“Look around the league and there’s always something that’s going on,” Robinson said. “Coach Gundy always stressed that the next guy has to make the most of his opportunity to make plays. Our guys have embraced that and have the ability to step up. They feel good about where they are at and their opportunities.”
It was a traumatic week for Robinson and his family, even discounting the Cowboys’ football injury woes. His grandfather, Frank Robinson, passed away last week after being diagnosed with a brain tumor two months earlier. His grandson told him goodbye for the last time earlier in the week when he visited him at an Oklahoma City hospital.
Robinson paid tribute to him by wearing the words “Press On” written on his eye black strips at the A&M game.
“That was always a saying he had for my family,” Robinson said. “Every time I saw him, he would tell us to ‘Press on.’ That was my tribute to him.”
And much like their quarterback, the Cowboys are doing the same as they try to keep winning with the substitute skill-position players around him.
“That game was huge for us,” Robinson said. “Texas A&M is always a huge game for us and under the circumstances with his death and all of the injuries; it was good for us to get a big win. Our offense play well and we were excited to get the win. A lot of guys got more confidence. We feel good where we are at.”
Despite the heavy emotion, Robinson threw for 279 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another score in his personal tribute to his late grandfather.
"Believe it or not,” Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy told reporters after OSU’s victory, “there are a few more things more important than college football. Family is one of them.”
The Cowboys will attempt to build on that victory Saturday night against Missouri. An OSU win would keep the Cowboys undefeated in South Division play and keep the tam on pace with the Texas-Oklahoma winner as the divisional favorite.
Last season, Oklahoma State gained national credibility when they stunned then-No 3 Missouri in Columbia in a 28-23 upset.
That triumph helped catapult the Cowboys on a 7-0 start that saw them raise as high as No. 7 in the national polls.
“The Missouri game was huge for us,” Robinson said. “It jump-started our season and put us on the map of where we are now. Going up and winning that game was a huge confidence booster for the team. And it’s helped us out ever since.”
September, 1, 2009
By Tim Griffin | ESPN.com
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
So much for Mike Gundy's media blackout allowing Oklahoma State to better focus as the team prepares for its huge opener against Georgia Saturday afternoon.
When Gundy announced the 10-day blackout, he said it was intended to increase the team's sharpness for a game that most observers are calling the most ballyhooed opener in the school's history.
But if that were the case, Gundy's plan appears to have failed after two negative headlines in the last 24 hours.
Cornerback Perrish Cox, the only returning starter in the Cowboys' secondary, was arrested Friday night on speeding charges. During the traffic stop, Stillwater police found that Cox was driving with a suspended license.
It's a misdemeanor, but it clearly can't help his focus as he prepares for the massive challenge of combating talented Georgia wide receiver A.J. Green.
I expect Cox to play Saturday. And who knows, the chance to see action against the Bulldogs might clear his mind after the past couple of weeks.
Meanwhile, starting tight end Jamal Mosley apparently won't be as fortunate after abruptly quitting the team Tuesday morning for "personal reasons."
It came only a few days after he was placed under a restraining order that was filed last week in Payne County, Okla., by a Stillwater woman.
Earlier, Mosley had been charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession in the same county, although he was considered to be in good standing with the team.
His loss could be critical, considering that Gundy and the Cowboys already are trying to fill the void left by Brandon Pettigrew, this year's first-round draft pick of the Detroit Lions.
The Cowboys could use Mosley's blocking and catching skills against the Bulldogs, but will have to go Wilson Youman.
Oklahoma State was relieved of any media responsibilities for about 10 days before ending on Monday.
"There was such demand taking up players' time, and I felt they were getting worn out," Gundy said. "So I thought I'd stop it until the week of the game to give the players a chance to not get caught up in answering the same questions all the time."
Still, the distractions of the huge approaching game concerned Gundy.
"I think our players are mature enough to practice well and stay focused,'' Gundy said. "But you always worry about that as a coach."
The actions of Cox and Mosley show why.
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