Quotebook: Oklahoma State

Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy talked about his young team and quarterback Daxx Garman during this week's Big 12 teleconference ahead of his team's game against Iowa State this weekend

How is your team approaching the next phase of the season?

In my experience when you have a really, really good team, a team that’s a championship team that would be in the top-10 or top-five in the country, then you can not play as well in certain weeks and still win. We’re not in that category; we have to play well each week, no matter who we play.

Daxx [Garman] was named the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week. Can you describe how he’s coming along?

He gets a little better each week. He’s certainly throwing the ball at accurate times. He’s improving his read and understanding our offense. This week he grew. We’re excited about what he’s bringing to the table. His competitiveness and attitude have been really good. I think our team has started to trust him and they’re comfortable with him playing quarterback.

Do you feel like you’re trying to utilize Daxx’s arm in your play calling, or that he’s forcing it a little bit when you have him throwing down the field?

Most of his throws down the field were good decisions. He has an ability to throw the deep ball very accurate, so it’s important for us to take advantage of what his strengths are at this time.

How do you think the team responds to that? Do you sense any excitement with big plays?

I think that the players, the fans, any people who watch college football like to see an exciting style of offense. People like to see the ball thrown down the field. We’ve always tried to be exciting here. We want to win games and be successful on offense, but if we have the ability to throw the ball down the field we want to take advantage of it and let it go.

After watching the film, how did you think Daxx did?

He did fairly well, he was improved. Early in his playing in other games, he was 60 or 70 percent. He was around 90 percent, so he improves as the games go along.

What have you seen out of your defense so far and how do you think that’s coming along?

Well they’re getting a little bit better. There’s not by any means a situation where we know all the answers, but we’re improving a little bit each week. The first 11 guys out there have some experience and understand, but beyond that there’s a lot of youth and they’re learning it on the run.

Having five freshman on the field, was it a situation you survived, but also gained some needed experience?

I think both things are true. When you have that many freshman out there you’re always nervous, but they gain more experience and they should improve each week. Slowly but surely, the more they’re out there they get a little bit better. But as we move toward league play, each week is a challenge and when you have a number of young players out there you try to put them in a position to have success.

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