Oklahoma State Preview 2006
Former head coach Les Miles was just starting to make things interesting in Stillwater before jumping to LSU. Coming off three straight winning seasons and three bowl appearances, Oklahoma State hired former star quarterback Mike Gundy to take over and keep the momentum going. Instead, Gundy and his staff started from scratch.
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Outside of a stunning win over Texas Tech and an even more
shocking first half against Texas, the Cowboys appeared to be
overmatched and out of sync all season long. There were concerns
that the no-huddle spread offense wasn't working when it had
problems scoring on Montana State, Florida Atlantic and Arkansas
State, and then it looked lost most of the time in Big 12 play.
Combine the offense's issues with a defense that finished
11th in total D and last in scoring defense, and 2005 signaled a
crashing thud for the once-surging team. However, it might have been
a case of taking a step back to jump three big steps forward.
Head coach: Mike Gundy
2nd year: 4-7
Best OSU Players
1. OT Corey Hilliard, Sr.
2. WR D'Juan Woods, Sr.
3. RB Mike Hamilton, Soph.
4. DT Ryan McBean, Sr.
5. LB Rodrick Johnson, Jr.
6. SS Donovan Woods, Jr.
7. QB Bobby Reid, Soph.
8. TE Brandon Pettigrew, Soph.
9. CB/S Calvin Mickens, Soph.
10. WR Adarius Bowman, Jr.
at Arkansas State
at Kansas State
at Texas Tech
205 Record: 4-7
Preview 2005 predicted wins
at Fla Atlantic
Colorado L 34-0
at Texas A&M L 62-23
at Iowa State L 37-10
Texas L 47-28
Texas Tech W 24-17
Oklahoma L 42-14
Gundy needed to get his guys in place as quickly as possible to run
his offensive system, and he played so many true freshmen that there
wasn't any hope of the team turning in a consistent season. Last
year's team was so young that it still needs another year of
seasoning before it start to think about challenging for the Big 12
South title and being good enough to hang with the top dogs. .
Throw into the mix a potentially shaky quarterback situation and this is
a year to get everything in place for a big 2007.
How young is OSU? On the projected two-deep depth chart there are 24
players with sophomore, redshirt freshmen, or freshmen eligibility with
new recruits like linebackers Chris Collins and Donnell Williams and
guard Jacob Secrest expected to start at some point this year
One-time superstar quarterback recruit Bobby Reid has all the tools to
be a great one, but he has to stay healthy and has to figure out how to
throw with some semblance of accuracy while utilizing his running skills
as much as possible. If the light turns on for him, the offense should
be far better with a decent line, a dangerous 1-2 receiving punch in
D'Juan Woods and Adarius Bowman, and a productive backfield tandem of
Mike Hamilton and Julius Crosslin.
The defense will need at least another year of seasoning in the back
seven, but the time is now up front with five good seniors that should
finally make for a solid Cowboy defensive line. This won't be the type
of defense that will shut anyone down and it has to force more
turnovers, but it should be more aggressive and it has plenty of upside.
It does appear that things are on the right track under Gundy as long as
the fan base can be a little patient. The Big 12 South is a nasty place
to try to build a power, but Oklahoma State will be in the hunt ... next
Few teams have had lighter non-conference schedules in recent year than
Oklahoma State, and this season isn't any different starting with
Missouri State, Arkansas State and Florida Atlantic before the one
decent game against Houston. There's a welcome off-week before the Big
12 run starting off on the road against both Kansas State and Kansas.
Playing at Texas, at Texas Tech and Oklahoma in three of the final four
weeks means the Cowboys have better have bowl eligibility wrapped up
after the Baylor game.
Senior OT Corey Hilliard. Able to play guard or tackle,
the 310-pound senior is one of the Big 12's best linemen with the
next-level type of talent to be the one the team runs the offense
behind. He could stand to be a little bit better in pass protection, but
he's good enough.
Defensive Player: Senior DT Ryan McBean. McBean came from the JUCO
ranks and came up with a tremendous season. If he can continue to
progress and can be a bit stronger against the run, he could be the type
of All-Big 12 talent who can anchor the entire defense.
to a successful season: Sophomore QB Bobby Reid. It'll all be about
staying healthy. His raw talent is undeniable, but he needs more time to
learn how to be a D-I quarterback; the game has to slow down for him.
He's 6-3, 225 pounds, and has the running skills to do far more than the
139 net yards he came up with last year.
will be a success if ... the Cowboys come up with a winning season. Considering OSU
will likely be the underdog in every Big 12 game except the home date
against Baylor some upsets are needed and there can't be any misses in the non-conference schedule.
Oct. 7 at Kansas State. KSU is one of the few Big 12 teams Oklahoma
State has a reasonable shot of beating on the road. A win might be a
must before going on the road to face a solid Kansas team and before
getting into the start of the of the South slate.
The Last Time Oklahoma State…
- Fourth quarter scoring: Opponents 102 - Oklahoma State 50
- Fourth down conversions: Oklahoma State 10 of 13 (77%) - Opponents 10
of 19 (53%)
- Interceptions: Opponents 17 for 186 yards - Oklahoma State 5 for 57
…played in a bowl game…2004 (Alamo Bowl vs. Ohio State)
…missed a bowl game…2005
…pitched a shutout…2001 (Northwestern State)
…was shutout…2005 (Colorado)
…scored 50 points…2004 (SMU)
…won a conference title…1976 (share, Big Eight)
…had a 3,000-yard passer…2002 (Josh Fields)
…had a 1,000-yard rusher…2004 (Vernand Morency)
…had a 1,000-yard receiver…2003 (Rashaun Woods)
…had a first-round draft choice…2004 (WR Rashaun Woods)