Know Thy Enemy: Oklahoma State Mike Tufano October 27, 2014 Features, Gameday, Know Thy Enemy 2014 SCHEDULEFlorida State 37 Oklahoma State 31Missouri State 23 Oklahoma State 40UTSA 13 Oklahoma State 43Texas Tech 35 Oklahoma State 45Iowa State 20 Oklahoma State 37Oklahoma State 27 Kansas 20Oklahoma State 9 TCU 42West Virginia 34 Oklahoma State 1011/1 @ K-STATE11/15 Texas11/22 @ Baylor12/6 @ Oklahoma OKLAHOMA STATE COWBOYS 5-3 (3-2 Big 12) Location: Stillwater, Oklahoma Enrollment: 35,214 Colors: Orange and Black Stadium: Boone Pickens Stadium (60,218) 2013 Overall Record: 10-3 (7-2 Big 12 / t-2nd) Postseason: Cotton Bowl All time series: Oklahoma State leads 23-37 Last Meeting: K-State 29 Oklahoma State 33 (10/5/13) Current Streak: Oklahoma State won last 1 Twitter: @OSUAthletics, @CowboyFB Head Coach Mike Gundy Head Coach: Mike Gundy Overall Record (Yrs): 82-41 (10th year) Record at School: Same Record vs. K-State: 4-2 Salary: $3.75 million Every conversation about Mike Gundy has to begin with the fact that he’s a man. He’s 40. Or he was, at least. He’s actually 47 now, and everyone can’t wait to hear the sort of rant he might have for his 50th birthday party. Gundy is an Oklahoma State guy. He was the high school Oklahoma Player of the Year in 1986, and then played QB for the Cowboys. He held a ton of OSU records, and the Division 1 record for most consecutive passes without an interception until RGIII broke it against Gundy’s team. Aside from a brief stop at Baylor and a 3 year stint at Maryland, Gundy has been at Oklahoma State ever since. He made it to the head coaching spot in 2005. As for awards, he led OSU to a Big 12 title in 2011, and earned a couple national coach of the year awards that year, too. He failed in his repeat his Big 12 Coach of the Year award that year because Bill Snyder just wanted it more. Junior QB Daxx Garman Cowboy Offense Passing Offense: 246.0 yds/game (54th in FBS) Rushing Offense: 156.3 yds/game (73rd in FBS) Scoring Offense: 30.3 points/game (66th in FBS) Daxx Garman: The Old Guy that Never Played Everyone expected J.W. Walsh to be the guy at Oklahoma State this year, but he was injured in the 2nd game and is out for the season. Enter Daxx Garmann. After transferring around in high school, being ruled ineligible, and then transferring around college football, the junior took over and played for the first time since his junior year of high school in 2009. So maybe he’s just a little rusty. That’s not to say he’s bad. He’s not a threat to run, but he throws deep balls really well. Of course, he’s doing it behind a really young offensive line that isn’t buying him a ton of time. Men without a Position, Part 1: Tyreek Hill Forget Jimmy John’s, Tyreek Hill is freaky fast. Officially listed as a wide receiver, Hill is being increasingly used as a running back. He had his most productive game to date on Saturday against West Virginia, when he had 14 carries for 78 yards on the ground and 3 receptions for another 26 yards. But how fast is he really? He holds the record for fastest 200M ever run by a high schooler. Bill Snyder, today, called him the fastest person in the world. And, oh yeah, he’s their kick returner, too. And he’s already taken a couple to the house. Men without a Position, Part 2: Jeremy Seaton Keep an eye on where Jeremy Seaton is as well. Like Hill, his versatility adds a wrinkle to what Oklahoma State can do offensively. He’s primarily used ad a blocker to help the young inexperienced line, but he does it from either the full back or tight end positions. The ability to vary formations and sets easily without substitutions means the K-State defense has to be on its toes. Junior CB Kevin Peterson Cowboy Defense Passing defense: 282.1 yds/game (112th in FBS) Rushing defense: 142 yds/game (41st in FBS) Points against: 28.0 points/game (77th in FBS) Why defend the pass? See that passing defense number up there? It’s bad. Real bad. Like almost every position on this Oklahoma State team, they’re young and they’ve been ravaged by injury. They’ve been reduced to starting a true freshman at one of the corner spots, and poor Ramon Richards is just in over his head. He was a quarterback in high school, so on top of being young, he’s just now learning the position. Expect the Cats to attack him early and often. #1 CB Kevin Peterson There is one bright spot in the secondary, and possibly the whole defense, and that’s Kevin Peterson. On a young team, he’s one of the veterans of the defense after starting 11 games as a sophomore a year ago. #98 DT Ofa Hautau After being a role player last year, Hautau has had to be the anchor against the run this year. And he’s done well. As a whole, stopping the run hasn’t been the hard part for Oklahoma State. And then there’s this… About a year ago SI published a bunch of articles about misconduct at Oklahoma State. At first it looked like they’d be on the verge of a death penalty. Fast forward to last week and the NCAA released its findings. They couldn’t come up with anything to prove the SI story, so OSU is getting off with nothing. SI says they stand by the stories. Oklahoma State has 5 players from the state of Kansas: Trace Clark, DE, Wichita; Britton Abbott, FB, Liberal; Bryant Reber, CB, Leawood; Jerel Morrow, S, Emporia; and Raymond Taylor, RB, Wichita. After Saturday’s loss to West Virginia, Gundy said, “We have a game next Saturday, whether we like it or not.” Sounds like they’re excited to come to Manhattan.