Emmanuel Ogbah Named Sporting News All-American

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Emmanuel Ogbah is raking in the awards, after a junior season in which he racked up 13 sacks and 17.5 tackles for loss, nationally ranking No. 4 and No. 14, respectively.On Tuesday, Ogbah was named to the Sporting News All-American team. The Sporting News is one of five All-American teams recognized by the NCAA. With Ogbah already being included on the Walter Camp and Sporting News teams, he can become a consensus All-American Wednesday if he is listed on the AFCA team.Ogbah was also named the co-defensive Big 12 player of the year – the first Cowboy ever to earn that distinction. Pretty amazing accomplishments for a guy who was only a three-star prospect coming out of high school.AdChoices广告last_img read more

Kevin Peterson Wants to Stick It to the SEC in the Sugar Bowl

first_imgBerry Tramel wrote a nice post today about why it’s important for the Big 12 for OSU to beat Ole Miss in the Sugar Bowl (mostly because the SEC has owned the Big 12 in the last decade). He quoted Kevin Peterson who seems, uh, fired up about getting after it with Laquon Treadwell and Co.“We gotta win,” Peterson told the Oklahoman. “We gotta win. We gotta go out there and show ‘em we’re the best conference. We play good ball here. We send guys to the NFL here. We have great players here. We gotta go out there and get the win. That’s the only thing that can really shut some SEC mouths.”I like that. Shut some SEC mouths. It’s not a direct shot at Ole Miss (which you don’t want to do), but he’s clearly not shying away from the moment. Peterson also talked about his career and the fact that he has no regrets. This always makes me nostalgic.AdChoices广告“When I came in, I was already hungry. I was ready to show everyone what I could do. You don’t get as many shots to do that when you come from a small school like I did. Guys like Justin Gilbert really showed me that once you get to this level, everyone is on the same level as you. It’s the same playing field, everyone has the same opportunity to do the same things. You have to put yourself above people.“You always have some thoughts from certain games. You missed a tackle, you gave up a touchdown, things like that, but I don’t regret anything that I’ve done here. This has been the most enjoyable part of my life. All of my best friends are her. I feel like I’ve been able to do the right things here to set myself up to continue on the right path for the rest of my life.”Great stuff from one of the good ones. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Mason Rudolph Practicing, No Limp Per Reports

first_img#OKstate QB Mason Rudolph connects with WR James Washington on a deep ball at practice earlier today pic.twitter.com/lCqc7NLny5— Kyle Fredrickson (@kylefredrickson) December 27, 2015Gundy has said Walsh will play at least half the game and hasn’t shied away from the topic of Rudolph, as he expects him to go on Jan. 1.With Rudolph already practicing, that is a good sign that Gundy may not be playing coy – and Rudolph could in fact be making an appearance in the Sugar Bowl. Gundy fully expects Rudolph to play, and barring any setbacks, he may be on track to do just that. Mason Rudolph was rocking the walking boot as early as this week, when he was spotted in an airport and security asked him to take the boot off. But since the incident, he appears to have shedded the walking boot and, according to The Oklahoman’s Kyle Frederickson, doesn’t appear to be sporting a limp in practice for the Sugar Bowl.#OKstate QB Mason Rudolph showed no signs of a limp during individual drills today pic.twitter.com/mVAfPZW6Io— Kyle Fredrickson (@kylefredrickson) December 27, 2015He also dropped in a nice little pass to James Washington in practice, which Kyle was able to catch on video:AdChoices广告 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Mason Rudolph Played Sugar Bowl With Screw in Foot

first_imgMason Rudolph got the start in the Sugar Bowl on Friday evening, and looked every bit as good as the pre-injury Rudolph. His mobility, throwing, and general comfort level did not appear to be any different, despite the surgery that he underwent just days after Bedlam in the middle of December.Rudolph reportedly practiced in full capacity this week, and capped the end of his sophomore season going 18/31 passing on 179 yards through the air.According to ESPN’s Joe Schad, it is confirmed that Mason Rudolph is, indeed, tough as screws. OSU QB Mason Rudolph told me he played with a screw in his foot to repair a broken fifth metatarsal— Joe Schad (@schadjoe) January 2, 2016“There was some soreness,” he told The Oklahoman’s Kyle Frederickson. “But it was very minimal.”The procedure may not sound familiar, but Dez Bryant actually broke the same bone – the fifth metatarsal – that Rudolph injured. Bryant was shut down by the Dallas Cowboys earlier this week to undergo surgery and end his season. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Did Oklahoma State Have a Great 2015? Mike Gundy says yes

first_imgThe end of Oklahoma State’s 2015 season was massively underwhelming. Nobody is denying that. The strange part about a 10-3 season in which you lose the last three games is how much worse it feels than a 7-6 season in which you win the last two in dramatic fashion (2014).This is all about offseason optimism of course. Winning Bedlam and the Cactus Bowl last year set us up for eight months of “you know, if Mason Rudolph can be 85 percent as good as he was the last two games and Chris Carson can …” and that’s fun fodder for non-football season.Right now, we’re all moping around saying, “our offensive line has stunk for two years, when is this going to change!” even though Oklahoma State just played in the Sugar Bowl!AdChoices广告I get that. The ceiling looks a lot higher when you’re down low than when you’re bumping up next to it. That being said, Mike Gundy pointed out that for Oklahoma State standards, 2015 was a great season.“At some point, I lay everything out and say OK, in August, if I had gone to the press conference and said, ‘Guys, we’re going to be in a New Year’s Six bowl and win 10 games.’ My question then would be, is that a great season for Oklahoma State? I don’t think anybody out there would have said anything other than, ‘Yeah, that would be a great season.’ So that’s the way I have to look at it.“We had a great season. We won 10 football games. When you win 10 football games, that is a great season. I had someone the other day, I mentioned that to them, and they said, ‘You didn’t win Bedlam and you didn’t win in the bowl.’ Well, if you win those two, it becomes a historic season — like what happened (in 2011), when we won the Big 12 championship and won the Fiesta Bowl. At Oklahoma State, that is a historic season. What we had this year was a great season.”I know that will rub some people the wrong way — we’re better than that now! — but the reality is that OSU has played in two major bowl games in the modern era. The Fiesta and the Sugar. One came at the end of the greatest season in school history. The other came this season. That’s a big deal, even if you don’t think it projects well for 2016.[Tulsa World] While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Source: Taylor Cornelius to be Named Backup Quarterback

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. According to a reliable source, redshirt sophomore quarterback Taylor Cornelius, a walk-on from Bushland, Texas, is expected to be named the backup quarterback when the Cowboys start the season on September 3 against Southeastern Louisiana.The 6-foot-6 quarterback is the only player with game experience in the QB position group, minus Mason Rudolph.In high school, Cornelius passed for 9,147 yards and 88 touchdowns over three seasons.A few months ago, offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich had praise for Cornelius following the spring, telling the O’Colly that, “He’s had a great spring. He’s a young man that’s very capable of leading our offense, and we feel really good about his progress.”He echoed that earlier this fall.“[He’s] is a guy that has really good arm strength,” said Yurcich. “His feet in the pocket are very good. He’s a pocket passer guy. He’s a guy that understands the system very well, and he’s getting better. He needs more game experience to really find out how good he can be, but he does really well in our drills and what we set up in 7-on-7 and team.”Cornelius appeared in two games last season, completing 2 of 5 passes on the season.And as far as the timing, Gundy hinted this spring that the decision to name a QB2 would be…right about now.“I mentioned to the staff that after the first week in August we need to establish who our No. 2 quarterback is, just from the standpoint that it’s really difficult to get three guys ready to play in a game,”said Gundy following the spring game.He reiterated this last Saturday at fan appreciation day.“By the end of next week, we should have a plan for what we’re going to do with our backup quarterback,” said Gundy. “We have a couple of guys that are improving each day. There are only so many reps, so by that time, we need to come up with a plan.”last_img read more

The Three Most Important Stats For Oklahoma State In 2016

first_imgStatistics can tell a lot about a team. If any particular team is successful in one or more of the more important statistical categories, their chances of having a successful season are much higher; the same goes for poor statistics and poor season outcomes.OSU excelled in many statistical areas last year, like turnover margin and passing offense, but struggled in many other important ones, like rushing offense and scoring defense — the former two led them to ten wins, the latter two prevented them from going further.We know that success in some categories will be a given for the Pokes. The passing game, for example, is set to thrive once again. But if the Cowboys want to find a way into national prominence, they will have to excel in others as well. Here are what we think are the three most important statistical categories for the Cowboys in 2016.Third Down DefenseThe Cowboys’ opponents held a 44.4% third down conversion last season, which was 102nd in the nation. They have lately struggled with third down defense, although they were only two seasons removed from being 7th in the country. Third down conversions kill a defense’s effectiveness because they both hurt morale and keep defense on the field longer, thus tiring them more.An improved third down defense will erase any opportunities for the defense to tire when they could have been otherwise resting off the field. Plus, a third down stand means the ball changes hands, giving the offense more opportunities to score. You will notice a theme on this list of doing everything possible to keep the defense fresh. In many people’s minds, the defense’s progressive fatigue led to the team’s downfall in the last three games of the season.Turnover MarginThe last time that OSU won a Big 12 Championship, they were No. 1 in turnover margin in the nation. Turnovers clearly have a connection to a team’s success. Kyle Porter even recently wrote about the correlation between turnover margin and Big 12 success. Turnovers, like third down defense, put the defense off the field and give the offense another chance to score.The Cowboys had an exceptional turnover margin in 2015  at +1 per game, which was 4th in the nation. Although the offense struggled at times, they were always pretty good at holding on to the football. The defense found ways to force turnovers, as they were 11th and 18th in interceptions and recovered fumbles, respectively. They weren’t quite at the level of the 2011 Big 12 champion Cowboy team, but they were solid nonetheless. Another positive turnover margin would go a long way in 2016, and could be the difference between a single or double-digit win season.Yards per CarryThe Cowboys went to a New Years Six bowl game and were very close from a Big 12 Championship despite having one of the worst rushing teams in the nation. The Pokes were ranked 115th in the nation with an abysmal 3.5 yards-per-carry average last season. This was coming off a season where they were 113th, so although it’s hard to imagine, they actually regressed from 2014 to 2015.The Pokes’ poor running game was their biggest achilles heel. A poor run game is one of the worst weaknesses for a team because of how it can affect an entire team’s effectiveness, both on offense and defense. When a team has no run game, they too often get in the habit of being a hit-or-miss offense, as in they either score quickly off a deep bomb or they immediately go three-and-out; there’s rarely anything in between.That’s what the Cowboys have done for the past two seasons. This puts a ton of pressure on the defense because they’re on the field longer, and as we saw in this past season, it can wear down a defensive unit over time. The Cowboys tried ways to get out of this habit, whether it be trying different run game wrinkles or drastically slowing the tempo down, but it ultimately wasn’t enough — if the run game stinks, there’s not much more you can do.An improved run game, and specifically YPC average, would not only give the offense some stability but it would also let the defense to fully utilize the rest time on the sidelines.What do you think the most important stat will be in 2016? Leave your opinions below in the comments! While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

The Four Freshman Mike Gundy Says Will Probably Play in 2016

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Mike Gundy noted earlier this week that he would likely narrow down the list of true freshmen who would play this upcoming season. And he stuck to his word and met the deadline, telling reporters who he expects to see time in 2016. Those four freshmen, according to the Tulsa World, are as follows:Dillon Stoner – Wide ReceiverStoner is the Jenks standout who came in ready for fall camp, and appears to be the most impressive freshmen in camp. Which seems to be paying off, as it sounds like he will play a prominent role in the offense this season.Justice Hill – Running BackAccording to the Tulsa World report, Hill’s playing as a freshman is “not for sure”. If the running back situation is where it was last year, Hill would almost certainly play a large role. But with the numbers being where they are with Barry J., Rennie Childs, Chris Carson, and Jeff Carr, it may make sense for him to redshirt. The difficult part, I’m sure, is that Hill is a pretty big talent who could almost certainly make an impact. The Booker T. Washington product came in prepared for fall camp, just like Stoner. Physically, he could be ready to contribute right away. It’ll be up to the coaches to decide if they want to burn a redshirt.Calvin Bundage – LinebackerBundage is another with an asterisk next to his name, as Mike Gundy said Sunday that he’ll play “if he continues on.” He’s had a good fall camp, so if he keeps it up, he’ll play. Which says a lot about his level of talent, especially given the depth at linebacker this season. The former Edmond Santa Fe product was a physical freak in high school, and he has the versatility to play a feature in the defense as the hybrid STAR linebacker.Obi Obialo – Wide ReceiverThis is the guy I certainly didn’t have on my radar headed into camp. The walk-on from Coppell, Texas, brings an added intrigue to the receiving corps: He’s a legit 6-3, 200 lbs. on the okstate.com online roster. And with Marcell Ateman out for the first portion of the season, Obialo’s emergence couldn’t be more timely. He could be the big target Rudolph can go to during Ateman’s absence. It’s hard to expect much from a true freshman, but Obialo seems to be primed to take on a role and with his size it makes sense that he could be a logical target in the red zone for No. 2.Of course Mike Gundy noted that “We’re not for sure,” regarding if these guys will play or not. But given the fact that these guys have been talked about for most of camp, it’d surprise me if they don’t  see the field. I’d take the footnote from Gundy as a coachy way to try and temper expectations for the true frosh group who will see the field. It’s not realistic to expect Stoner or Obialo to compete for a Biletnikoff so it’s Gundy’s way of probably limiting that chatter, but all signs point to these four seeing the field come Sep. 3.last_img read more

Austin Hays Admits Barry J. Sanders Watches Bachelorette

first_imgKyle Fredrickson recently interviewed Austin Hays about the upcoming season which was great because he talked about what each of the receivers does well, what it’s like to be an old man on the team and of course Barry J. Sanders.Near the end though it took a sharp turn when Hays revealed that Barry J. comes over to watch the Bachelorette on Monday nights.He’s a very mature guy. He likes to have real conversations. I wouldn’t say he doesn’t like to joke and stuff, just kind of reserved and serious about what he does. When it’s football time, it’s football time. He comes over and watches the bachelorette with us still, so he does like to joke.Oh no, Barry! Probably didn’t want that one getting out there. But I’m sure they’re just watching because Jordan played QB at Vandy and Aaron gets talked about someti ….Yeah, probably not. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Browns CB Justin Gilbert Suffers Concussion In Preseason Game

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Former Oklahoma State Cowboy and current Cleveland Brown cornerback Justin Gilbert suffered a concussion in the first half of Saturday’s preseason game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.Gilbert, who is the only first round pick of the Browns between 2011-2014 that is still on the roster, will be out indefinitely (and this is not his first concussion). Gilbert tallied just 1 interception in 23 games throughout his still young career, with only one pass defended in 9 games last year.Many figured that Gilbert would shine playing opposite Pro Bowl corner Joe Haden, but it hasn’t worked out for Gilbert in Cleveland so far. He’s struggled with injuries, lack of productivity on the field, and has not made a great impression off of it- he’s reportedly missed many team meetings because he’s a “hard sleeper”).If I ever have a car insurance agent named Justin Gilbert, I can rest terrible knowing I won’t be covered— jay (@Heatley51) August 27, 2016This latest injury is just another setback for Gilbert, who can still provide value on special teams as a returner, but is running out of time, opportunities, and excuses in Cleveland.last_img read more

Projecting the Depth Chart at Linebacker

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Kyle B. has already looked at most of the preseason defensive depth charts. You can see those here:SafetiesCornerbacksDefensive lineThe final series of depth chart projections belongs to the middle of the defense — the linebacker corps. Last season, this group was decimated by injuries to starter Ryan Simmons and comes into this year missing their veteran presence Seth Jacobs after his retirement, too. But there’s a lot of young talent in this group and with several up-and-comers, the depth appears to be pretty solid heading into the season.Here’s how we have things shaking out at the moment.MLB1: Chad Whitener (R-Jr.)Whitener and Jordan Burton are the anchors of the middle of this defense. That wasn’t a great thing last year as Whitener admitted he started playing sooner than he would have liked, but he should be a stalwart this season.“When you’re going against fast pace, you might know a check in the meeting room,” Glenn Spencer told the Oklahoman. “If you can’t spit it out on the field, in fractions of seconds, you’re in trouble. That’s something Ryan could do. And Chad couldn’t do it. Chad is so much better now.”MLB2: Josh Mabin (R-So.)Only played in a handful of games last season as he backed up Ryan Simmons and then Chad Whitener, but he’s a former four-star recruit (ESPN) and was the No. 21 outside linebacker in the country according to Scout. So there’s a pedigree there that means something. I’m hopeful that Spencer is able to hit the refresh button more often on defense this year, and guys like Mabin and this next fellow should help.MLB3: Justin Phillips (R-So.)A personal favorite of mine after what he did in that 2014 game in Norman. Phillips sat out last season with a redshirt (which he probably should have taken his freshman year, but OSU wasn’t deep enough), and should see some quality playing time at a position rife with studs.Star1: Jordan Burton (R-Sr.)Is Jordan Burton criminally underrated? He might be. Second on the team last season in tackles and played injured for much of the year. One of the 2-3 defensive players who could legitimately sniff an All-American honor.Star2: Kevin Henry (R-Fr.)Henry is a cousin of Brandon Bass (former LSU and NBA basketball player). He came to OSU after de-committing from LSU and took a redshirt in 2015. Henry is super versatile and won’t be scared to lay some wood (see below).Star3: Calvin Bundage (Fr.)One of only a handful of freshmen who could see time this year. I’m stoked.WLB1: Devante Averette (R-Sr.)This is where it gets interesting. No starter has been named (or even presumed) at outside linebacker. The three candidates are Devante Averette, Gyasi Akem and Henry (who should see time at the Star position as well as this one).“Big battle there,” Spencer told the Oklahoman. “Big battle goin on. I’m going to have to make a tough decision.”WLB1: Gyasi Akem (Jr.)Another personal favorite of mine. Akem is a monster at 6’2 230 lbs. Akem only had nine tackles in each of his first two seasons, but that’s obviously going to change. I’m mildly surprised he’s in the mix to usurp Averette given Averette’s seniority and maturity, but this also speaks to how much deeper OSU is at LB than in years past.WLB1: Kevin Henry (R-Fr.)As I mentioned above, he’s really versatile. Spencer said when he first came in that Star was the spot for him so the fact that he’s even up for consideration here tells you how much the coaching staff thinks of him.SummaryAnother guy to watch is Kirk Tucker who will again factor in on special teams and could get some run at LB depending on the injury situation.When did OSU get so deep on defense? Between the safeties (crazy deep), defensive tackles (deepest position on the team?) and defensive ends (young but super deep), it’s a smorgasbord of talent. Linebacker is another position this season that should be rich with talented young players. And to think, one of its presumed starters from last season (Seth Jacobs) retired in the offseason. I’m excited to see how Spencer develops these guys and how Whitener leads a group that should probably be better than last year.last_img read more

Tuesday Poll: Is Bob Stoops or Mike Gundy a Better Coach?

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. The reaction to my piece on Bob Stoops and Mike Gundy yesterday was stronger than I thought it would be. There are takes, there are Skip Bayless’ takes and then there are takes about the two coaches involved in Bedlam. So I decided to put it to a vote. Straight up, who is a better college football coach?I realize the results here will be skewed towards the north, but I thought it would be fun to throw it out there. As always, I will follow up on Wednesday with the results and commentary (if it’s not vile and ridiculous) in a post.Tuesday poll question is simple: Who is a better college football coach?— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) August 30, 2016last_img read more

Jhajuan Seales Receives One-Year Deferred Sentence for DUI

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Oklahoma State wide receiver Jhajuan Seales has received a one-year deferred sentence stemming from charges of DUI and transporting an open container of alcohol in 2015, according to a report from The Oklahoman.The one year probation sentence requires he complete alcohol abuse counseling, a victim’s impact panel, 25 hours of community service and more than $1,000 in fines and court costs.The redshirt senior from Port Arthur, Texas is listed as the No. 1 receiver on the depth chart headed into the season opener on Saturday. Last season, Seales had 18 receptions for 321 yards and added two touchdowns. With Marcell Ateman out recovering from injury for at least another month, Seales could be a key cog in the OSU passing game and will likely see his share of targets early in the season.last_img read more

Three Numbers to Know Ahead of Central Michigan This Weekend

first_imgAs OSU prepares to face the 1-0 Central Michigan Chippewas, this matchup may not feel as sexy of a non-conference game such as Mississippi State in Houston, or a matchup with Florida State in Dallas to reference a few from the last several years. The Cowboys played CMU last year in a very sloppy 24-13 game, in which CMU actually held a 13-10 lead in the 3rd quarter. Nonetheless, the Cowboys escaped with the ugly victory and will likely be much more prepared this season in Stillwater.There are several stats that jump off the page heading into this matchup. We will focus on three of them, trying not to pay too much attention to game stats from week 1 (small sample size, folks.)A chance to move to 48-5 against unranked opponentsThink about that for a second. Under Mike Gundy the Cowboys have won just over 90 percent of their games the last six years against unranked teams, which is a remarkable feat. College football is wild, wacky, unpredictable, and every single week ranked teams go down to much less talented, unranked teams. Heck, just this last week UCLA and LSU went down, and Tennessee almost lost embarrassingly to Appalachian State. Very few games are gimmes in college football, but Mike Gundy and the Oklahoma State Cowboys have showed they know how to take care of business year in and year out.OSU could improve to 23-4 in its last 27 non-conference gamesNot only have the Cowboys cleaned up against unranked teams in recent years, they’ve also dominated their non-conference schedule. The Cowboys have won over 85 percent of their games in the non-conference portion of their schedules over the last several years, with their last non-conference loss coming to the aforementioned No. 1-ranked Florida State Seminoles and Jameis Winston in Dallas, 37-33 (that Cowboys team would need a freshman QB named Mason Rudolph and a miracle punt return in Norman just to finish just 7-6 by the way).This is yet another testament to Mike Gundy and his staff. Gundy has made it abundantly clear regarding his views of a non-conference schedule. If he had his way, he’d play the SE Louisianas and Savannah States of the world three times each year before jumping into the Big 12 schedule. Can you blame him? Oklahoma State probably can’t afford to go anything less than 12-0 or MAYBE 11-1 to be considered for a spot in the CFP’s final four, as currently constructed.The Last Eight Big 12 Champions have placed Top 15 Nationally in TO MarginOSU is +3 after 1 week which ranks No. 2 in the country. Alright, I referenced the small sample size of a week 1 victory over Southeast Lousiana Lions, you got me. But my point is this. Turnover margin might be the single most important stat to keep tabs in as the season progresses for the Cowboys. Kyle P. wrote an awesome article here highlighting this very stat, which shows the importance of both takeaways and giveaways. The early returns from fall camp and a week of play is that this Cowboy defense is aggressive, fast, and willing to take risks for turnovers. The Cowboys had four takeaways (all fumbles) in week one, including the tremendous play that resulted in a Ramon Richards touchdown at 1:10 of the video below.How will the Cowboys fare against 2nd team all-MAC Senior Quarterback Cooper Rush? We will see a much better test in week 2, against a QB that may not rival the Seth Russells, Patty Mahomes, and Baker Mayfields coming up on the schedule, but can beat you over the top with his arm strength and has plenty of experience. Watch the Cowboys defense closely this week, to see if they can continue wreaking havoc against the Chippewas. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

It Doesn’t Seem Like Mike Gundy Thought Intentional Grounding Would Be Called

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. So the officials screwed up in Stillwater on Saturday. We know that. They admitted that after the game.But Mike Gundy screwed up as well, and not for the reason you probably think. Gundy didn’t screw up because he didn’t know the rule about how a loss-of-downs penalty should not have resulted in an untimed down. He screwed up because he basically didn’t think intentional grounding would be called to begin with. Which is sort of crazy when you think about it.“I asked the official, and they said, ‘a penalty on the offensive team with the clock expired cannot end the game,’” said Gundy. “Either way it was a bad decision on my part to throw the ball while we were still in the box with intentional grounding. If it would have come across my mind that they would consider a tackle box — which by rule they were correct — I’m guessing then we would have just said ‘take two steps [walks to the left] and throw.’”Then he walked two steps to his left to indicate Rudolph getting out of the tackle box.So Gundy didn’t think Rudolph would be called for intentional grounding because … ?? He should have just had Justice Hill take the ball through GIA and all the way to Perkins Road a la Justin Blackmon back in 2011 at Texas A&M.Although to be fair, this actually happened against Oklahoma State back in 2014 and wasn’t called intentional grounding on Jameis Winston and Florida State.https://twitter.com/Pokes_State/status/774726184370221057Still, this seems like an inexcusable gaffe. All Gundy had to do for OSU to win was to tell him to take run slightly to his left. Ballgame. The end.Mason Rudolph: “I love Coach Gundy. I’ve loved him since the day I signed here. I’ll do anything for him. I was just following orders.”— Guerin Emig (@GuerinEmig) September 10, 2016last_img read more

Two Booker T. Washington Prospects for OSU Fans to Watch

first_imgRylan McQuarters – Athlete / Return Man/ TailbackThe son of R.W. McQuarters, who played at OSU and in the NFL, Rylan is an athletic cornerback / return man / tailback with abilities similar to his dad. At 5-foot-9 and 175 pounds, McQuarters is a junior who has seen time at cornerback and kick return but could be gaining some interest at the next level soon, with a chance this year to step in at tailback now that Justice Hill is gone. He’s likely another to become a well-known recruit this season. Perhaps the family connection could help the Cowboys down the road with their chances, too. Said Rylan to the Tulsa World recently: “I wouldn’t mind going to Oklahoma State. Great school. Great football program. Close to home. I would like to stay close to home.”His father agrees. “I can’t tell him where to go. I can only make suggestions. He knows how I feel about Oklahoma State.”Note: An earlier edition of this post inappropriately referenced Carson Cunningham’s thoughts on Booker T. Washington (which was a joke) and has since been edited out. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Oklahoma State has had success recruiting in the Tulsa area in the Mike Gundy area and a major hotbed of talent comes from Booker T. Washington, who most recently has produced Justice Hill and Jordan Brailford for the Pokes.They are consistently one of the top schools in the state and, not surprisingly, there are several prospects on the rise who could soon be Oklahoma State targets — both with family ties to OSU.Daxton Hill — AthleteThe younger brother of true freshman phenom Justice Hill, Daxton (who calls himself the money badger!), is just a sophomore but at 6-foot-1, 170-pounds, he is already bigger than Justice and has the playmaking ability both on offense and defense to be a versatile weapon at the next level. He doesn’t have an offer yet, but he will likely be one who will have his pick of the litter — and possibly soon.last_img read more

Oklahoma State Still Unranked in AP Top 25

first_imgDespite a big 45-38 win over the formerly undefeated Pitt Panthers on Saturday, Oklahoma State finds themselves just outside the top 25 for a second straight week in both the coaches and AP poll. OSU is “receiving votes” in the AP:img_0843The highest ranked Big 12 team happens to be Baylor: OSU’s next opponent who they face in Waco next weekend. Also ranked in the conference are Texas (21) and Oklahoma (25). While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Dez Bryant Unveils New Jordan Brand Cleats

first_img While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Dallas Cowboys superstar wide receiver Dez Bryant unveiled his new Jordan brand cleats last week, in response to the slew of other athletes rocking the new Yeezy Adidas cleats, including Von Miller, Adrian Peterson, Eric Berry, Sammy Watkins, and Deandre Hopkins.? pic.twitter.com/2z3DFleESs— Dez Bryant (@DezBryant) September 9, 2016Fresh. Even better is the customized “X” that you see under the tongue of the shoe, a nice touch from the Jordan brand-Courtesy of Jordan BrandDez, who been with the Jordan brand since April of 2013, has shown an ability to market himself as one of the premier and recognizable superstars in the NFL. As the most prominent face of Jordan amongst NFL athletes, Bryant and Jordan are going head to head with hip hop and fashion mogul Kanye West and Adidas, whose Yeezy football cleat line debuted this season.Bryant is coming off of a 7-catch, 102 yard performance in a 27-23 win over the Washington Redskins yesterday, and looks primed for another excellent season with the Dallas Cowboys. Check out the latest Jordan Breakfast Club commercial, starring Dez himself.last_img read more

Is Oklahoma State Trying To Schedule a Big Non-Conference Game For 2018?

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. The Keondre Wudtee Special is what they should dub Labor Day weekend 2018. That will presumably be the true freshman’s first start (again, presumably because that is a long time from now), and it will apparently not be against Central Michigan anymore.Hate to be a juicy rumor killer but #okstate has not cancelled the final game of the CMU series. It’s now set for 2022 instead of 2018.— Kevin Klintworth (@KKlintworth) September 15, 2016In 2017 OSU plays Tulsa at home, at South Alabama (?!?) and at Pitt for its three non-conference games. In 2018 it was supposed to play Central Michigan at home, South Alabama at home and Boise State at home. As Kevin Klintworth noted, though, that CMU game got flipped to 2022 and will link up with the Arizona State game that year instead which leaves an open spot in the 2018 schedule.Some speculation here: Why would you move a game that is roughly 720 days away if you didn’t already have a bigger and better game to take its place? There are reasons I suppose, but that just doesn’t seem like something Oklahoma State (or Central Michigan) would do. So does OSU have something bigger in mind?That 2018 Central Michigan game was supposed to land on Labor Day weekend which as we all know has been a nice little kick-start to the season. You have the Advocare Classic in Dallas which OSU has participated in before (against FSU), the Camping World Kickoff (FSU-Ole Miss this year) and a host of other big boy games (Texas-Notre Dame, LSU-Wisconsin at Lambeau).OSU won’t be playing in the Advocare Classic in Dallas unless a team drops out because those are set which is a shame because that game apparently pays $6 million which is the exact same amount your entire conference gets if you make it to the College Football Playoff.September 2, 2017: Michigan Wolverines vs. Florida GatorsSeptember 1, 2018: LSU Tigers vs. Miami HurricanesAugust 31, 2019: Oregon Ducks vs. Auburn TigersNor will it play in the Camping World Kickoff.September 1, 2018: Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Louisville CardinalsSeptember 2, 2019: Florida Gators vs Miami HurricanesBut it seems like it is planning something bigger than being beaten on a last-second illegal hail mary against CMU. Here’s my wish list for future home-and-home exchanges.last_img read more

Baylor Coach Jim Grobe Worried About Oklahoma State’s Receivers

first_imgBaylor coaches and players met with the media earlier this week and had some interesting (if somewhat innocuous) things to say about what Oklahoma State has done so far this season. It’s clear that their coaches and players are concerned about OSU’s offense just as OSU’s players and coaches are concerned about theirs.Hopefully this ends in a 66-60 shootout.“This week with Oklahoma State coming to town the challenge gets ramped up quite a bit so hopefully we can have a good week of practice and improve on our consistency and be a better football team when the Cowboys come to town,” said head coach Jim Grobe.“The thing that they certainly did against Pittsburgh is they hit the deep ball and that got everybody’s attention. I don’t think there was anybody that watched that game that wasn’t impressed with how well, not only how well the receivers got down the field and got behind the corners and caught the football, but how well the quarterback throws the deep ball. He gets great height on the ball and that makes it really tough on the defensive backs because it kind of drops in over them so that was really, really impressive.”Yes it is. “The thing that scares you is that they’ve got more than one receiver,” added Grobe. “They had one that had the great day, but they have good speed at all the skill positions offensively and a couple running backs that are very talented. So what they do to you is they’ve got some individuals that can really hurt you, but you can’t double cover those guys because they’ve got good balance all over the field.”It’s true. Jhajuan Seales and James Washington became just the 13th duo in OSU history to each have 100 yards receiving in a game.“They have an explosive offense so we have to start fast and if we’re lacking anywhere then they can put up a lot of points so it’s going to be an exciting game,” added linebacker Travon Blanchard. “We have to limit their explosive plays. They’re going to take their shots and we have to withstand them all. Make them one dimensional and limit explosive plays.”Like I said earlier, the same is true from OSU’s side. Stop the run and #PrayForRamon.“When you’re spread with four [receivers], your corners are going to be on an island unless you’re playing a three-deep zone, but then you’re soft on the corners,” said OSU defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer this week. “You just have to realize if you play it safely, you give up hitches, or you can be more aggressive and stop some things, but then you’re taking the chance of them throwing it over the top.”Also, this not related to anything, but I enjoyed this from Seth Russell on how other teams are copying Baylor’s offense (which is true).“They’re always gunning for us. We’re Baylor. We’ve been a high-powered offense, and people are starting to steal our offense now. Not to name any teams or anything, but it’s proven. The stats are there. Guys want to play in an offense like this. We’re going to play offense. Being who we are, people want to beat us. We have a target on our back. We’ve been pretty good the last several years, and we’re not going to stop being great. It just adds to it. It’s part of the game. You want to be the guy that everyone is gunning for. You don’t want to be the guy sitting in the back that nobody cares about. I love the competition, and we’re ready for it.”Game on. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more