According to Sporting News the Pokes are their preseason No. 6 team. With a lot of questions on this Pokes team to have that kind of preseason ranking says a lot about the constant; Head Coach Mike Gundy. Gundy knows how to utilize his players. He recruits for his system. His coaching staff knows how to get the most and sometimes get even more than expected out of their players.
A recruit coming to Oklahoma State often can expect to enter a 3 star recruit and leave a 4 star talent. In some cases, though rare, even leave as a 5 star talent, i.e. Justin Blackmon. The facilities and coaching staff are superior to most at the collegiate level. This can only help the recruiting process.
The Pokes are expected to allow Clint Chelf to lead this team. You can also expect to see J.W. Walsh on select plays. This offense is powerful and fast! The Big 12 is an offensive conference, not well known for their defenses. However, this year could be the year the Big 12, most notably Oklahoma State starts to close the gap on becoming a ‘defensive’ team/conference. Gundy has made it known to his staff that a sub-par defense is unacceptable. Former D-Coordinator Bill Young was fired following the 2012 season. Now, Line Backers coach Glenn Spencer will assume the duties of leading this defense to newer heights!
Mike Yurcich hit the ground in Stillwater, running. Yurcich was widely unknown. Coach Yurcich has a resume that obviously caught the eye of Gundy. You have to feel comfortable in knowing that as much as Gundy covets his offense that he believes in Yurcich and so should we.
The 2013 season in the Big 12 as a whole has many questions. It seems as if for now, at the very least, the Cowboys are projected to finish in the top tier of the Big 12 this season. The bigger question that a lot of people want to know is – Will the Pokes finish in the top tier of the national polls?
61 days until the Pokes’ season kicks off!