Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Oklahoma State transitions to new offense
By David Ubben
IRVING, Texas -- Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy was prepared to hand over playcalling duties to Dana Holgorsen, his new offensive coordinator. He was prepared to hand over his offense's identity, too, in favor of the Air Raid system Texas Tech ran while Holgorsen served as offensive coordinator, the same system that produced the nation's best offense at Houston in 2009. But he was also prepared for the transition to take time, and for it to be, "a little chaotic."
Mike Gundy, above, is turning over the Cowboys' offense to Dana Holgorsen, who has had success at Texas Tech and Houston.
By the third or fourth practice of the spring, by Gundy's estimation, the offense's organization was intact. Now it's nearly fall and he's looking for more progression.
"It's gone much smoother than what I would have thought it would have gone," Gundy said. "Obviously they prepared well throughout the summer, from what I've been told. So, I'm looking forward to starting practice and seeing how it goes in the first week."
Tasked with running the offense on the field is 26-year-old junior Brandon Weeden, who'll have a healthy running back in Kendall Hunter alongside him, in front of four new starters on the offensive line. Despite the new terminology and schemes in the offense, none of them had the most difficult time making the transition.
"Part of the reason that we changed systems at this time was because we lost a number of offensive linemen, and we're changing the quarterback," Gundy said. "I would say the returning receivers, Justin Blackmon, Hubert Anyiam, those guys went through an adjustment. But for your quarterback and your offensive linemen, they didn't play last year, so they didn't have to make as much of an adjustment. They just had to learn the scheme."